Friday, September 26, 2014

Van-East Liberal Forum on Bill C-36

September 26, 2014 Yesterday I participated on a panel discussion on Bill C-36 hosted by the Van-East Liberal Association held at the Strathcona Community Centre. I was joined by Park Commssioner Sarah Blyth and UBC Professor Dr Becki Ross. A great and lively discussion regarding this anti prostitution bill which is being hastily passed through Parliament by the Conservatives. This legislation is the same basically that the Supreme Court of Canada struck down as unconstitutional. So why are the Conservatives pushing this new legislation through? According to the Conservative Justice Minister Peter McKay it is because they want to eradicate prostitution. Sadly the only way prostitution can be eliminated as we know from the Pickton carnage is through killing off sex workers and this is uncceptable. The Supreme Court of Canada said the prostitution laws placed sex workers directly in harms way and the Conservatives are completely ignoring this ruling. In fact what the Conservatives are engaging in s domestic terrorism. Be warned our voices though will not be silenced. Last night's forum was a testament to that. Thank you Sarah and Becki for raisng your voices in support of sex workers and against the Conservatives barbaric approach to governng! Jamie Lee Hamilton