STATEMENT BY JUSTICE MINISTER ROB NICHOLSON FOLLOWING THE ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE DECISION ON THE BEDFORD PROSTITUTION CHALLENGE

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OTTAWA, September 28, 2010 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the following statement today following the Ontario Superior Court’s decision on the Bedford Prostitution Challenge.

“The Government is very concerned about the Superior Court’s decision and is seriously considering an appeal. The decision was stayed for 30 days.

The Government of Canada is committed to the health and safety of all Canadians and the well-being of our communities. We will fight to ensure that the criminal law continues to address the significant harms that flow from prostitution to both communities and the prostitutes themselves, along with other vulnerable persons.”

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