On April 25, 2012, the Federal government announced that it will appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada the March 26, 2012, Ontario Court of Appeal decision that struck down Canada’s prostitution laws as unconstitutional, specifically the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting “keeping or using a common bawdy house” (section 210) and the “living off the avails of prostitution” provision (section 212(1)(j)).
Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson stated:
It is our position that the Criminal Code provisions are constitutionally sound. It is important to clarify the constitutionality of the law and remove the uncertainty this decision has created. The Criminal Code provisions denounce and deter the most harmful and public aspects of prostitution.
No surprise there!
First Reference Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor