Stephen Harper decides to ignore court ruling that makes Prostitution aspects legal in Canada because “… we believe that the prostitution trade is bad for society.” Again we see the Stephen Harper Minority Christian Fundamentalist Conservative government displaying their utter contempt for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Constitution that it is a part of through their despicable actions.
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Published: December 02, 2010 10:30 p.m.
Dominatrix to Harper: ‘fight like a man’
TORONTO – Sex-trade workers will one day be able to legally provide for their families and work in Canada without fear of violence, advocates predicted Thursday, even as Ontario’s top court kept prostitution laws in place for now.
A landmark court ruling striking down three key prostitution laws was put on hold until April 29, giving the federal and provincial governments time to appeal.
Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford, one of the three sex-trade workers at the heart of this case, said outside court Thursday that she is confident they will win in the end.
But she suggested Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hiding behind the courts on the contentious issue, and challenged him to “fight like a man.”
“He can withdraw this appeal at any moment and change the law through Parliament,” she said.
“His silence means that he does not know what to do and is not concerned about the violence against women.”
Harper was asked about Bedford’s comments after he made an unrelated announcement and seemed tickled.
“I’ve never been called upon to respond to a dominatrix before,” he said with a smirk.
Harper said the government supports the laws and his government looks forward to fighting on appeal to keep them on the books.
“We believe that the prostitution trade is bad for society,” he said. “That’s a strong view held by our government, I think by most Canadians.”
Even with the full weight of the federal government on the opposing side, Bedford said she will continue to fight for the safety of other women. Unspecified disabilities have left her unable to “tie people up and spank them” as much as she’d like to these days.
“The only people who benefit from this law right now are tax evaders and organized crime,” she said.
“The women need to be able to call the police when they’re beat up by the pimps and the johns. As it stands right now they can”t.
They can’t press charges because they’re carted to jail along with (the assailants).”
In September, Ontario Superior Court Judge Susan Himel struck down laws against keeping a common bawdy house, communicating for the purposes of prostitution and living on the avails of the trade.
That ruling was subject to a temporary stay, and the federal and Ontario governments argued the stay should be extended, lest prostitutes from all over flood to Ontario amid an unprecedented “social experiment.”
On Thursday the Court of Appeal for Ontario granted another temporary stay, meaning the laws will remain on the books until at least April 29. It puts pressure on the government to expedite the appeal.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said the government was pleased with the stay, saying there are “considerable” harms that flow from unfettered prostitution.
“These laws are necessary to protect not only the individuals…but the communities as well,” he said.
“If the activity is carried on on the street and police are unable to intervene, this can have a devastating effect on communities and neighbourhoods.”
Nikki Thomas, the deputy director of the Sex Professionals of Canada, said when — not if — Himel’s decision is affirmed by higher courts and comes into effect, it won’t mean that prostitutes will ply their trade on playgrounds and bring sexual anarchy to the streets.
“All that you’ll see is one of the most marginalized groups in the country will finally have the opportunity to take care of their own safety,” she said outside court.
Advocates say Himel’s ruling, once in effect, will allow sex-trade workers to hire bodyguards and file income taxes.
In his ruling, the Appeal Court judge said it would be harmful to the public interest to have the lower court ruling come into effect immediately.
“I am satisfied that it is in the public interest that the judgment be stayed for a relatively short period to permit appellate review of the decision,” Justice Marc Rosenberg wrote.
He called the governments’ evidence “less than compelling” and “somewhat overblown,” but said his principal concern was having a regulatory void if no stay was granted.
Rosenberg ordered that his stay remain in place until April 29 or until the appeal is heard — whichever is earlier.
A current schedule worked out between lawyer Alan Young, who represents the sex-trade workers, and the government lawyers suggests an appeal will be heard in the summer. But Young said he is ready to argue the case tomorrow and urged the governments to press ahead so the appeal can be heard before the stay expires.
It’s likely the case will end up before the Supreme Court of Canada, and Young believes Himel’s decision will ultimately stand.
“The only really important issue right now is not whether the law is going to be applied in the short term, it’s whether or not Justice Himel is right that we have an irrational regime that is hurting a vulnerable population,” Young said.
Prostitution was not illegal in Canada, but the court struck down three provisions that criminalized most aspects of prostitution, however, Criminal Code offences dealing with people under 18 are not affected.
Stephen Harper can’t fight like a Man because he is not a man – he’s an Imperialist Dog –
Time to send them packing.
Remember this about Stephen Harper and those within his government
– they are mentally deranged
– they believe the Universe was created by a GOD about 8000 years ago
– they believe that the Earth is actually 6000 years old and that Dinosaur remains and Carbon dating are false and only put there by GOD to test the faith of Man
– they believe the Human Body is evil and that all sex shouldn’t be for pleasure but for procreation only
We could go on and on about how freakish they are but we have said enough already.
Yet another attempt to end the separation between Church and State and spread more Shame, Fear and Lies across Canada.