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View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to add, as my colleague said, that the much talked-about $20 million over five years is not actually part of the bill. The majority of witnesses, from all sides, told us that it is a drop in the bucket. That $20 million needs to be increased.
They also told us that there need to be adequate social measures that touch on mental health, addiction, poverty and affordable housing.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank all the witnesses for participating in our meeting this afternoon.
My first question is for Mr. McConaghy. He can't get a break.
You said in your opening statement that exit strategies were very important. You added at the end that adequate budgets were needed for exit strategies.
What kind of tools would we need to help vulnerable women on the ground avoid falling back into the hands of pimps? Do you think the government is serious about rooting out the causes of prostitution?
Anyone who wants to answer the question can do so after Mr. McConaghy.
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Kirkup, do you want to answer my question?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Kirkup.
Would anyone else like to say anything?
Ms. Ka Hon Chu, go ahead.
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay. Go ahead.
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Ms. Allison.
My second question is for you, Mr. Kirkup.
You talked about the New Zealand model, which has been more effective, and I would like you to explain why that is later. You said that this specific model prioritized human rights, safety and dignity.
I think poverty is among the main factors that lead to prostitution. The Swedish model is effective because it contains various social assistance and anti-poverty measures. However, with the Conservatives in power, such measures tend to disappear.
Do you think it would be possible to reduce prostitution while reducing the state's involvement in society?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Would anyone else like to answer my question?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank the witnesses for participating in our discussion this afternoon.
My first question is for Ms. Sarroino. All the other witnesses could of course also comment afterwards.
What struck me in your comments was the fact that you talked a lot about social support, a continuum of health care, housing and a holistic approach.
As you know, Sweden adopted a model where the buyer of services is criminalized. However, that legislative measure was accompanied by some extremely important social measures. Such a model cannot work if the authorities do not have the required resources to help those who need assistance.
Do you think it would be possible to eradicate prostitution in Nordic countries, such as Sweden, without similar social measures?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Ms. Steacy, did you want to add anything?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Ms. Steacy.
Would any of you like to bring up anything else?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Ms. Quinn, go ahead.
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank the witnesses for participating in today's meeting.
My first question is for Suzanne Jay and Alice Lee, of the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution.
In your opening remarks, you talked about social services, comprehensive support and systemic inequalities.
What kind of initiatives do you think the government should implement in that area? Do you have any ideas for programs or projects that should be implemented to address those systemic inequalities?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much.
Did you want to add anything? It seems that you don't. Okay.
My second question is for Michelle and Jared Brock.
You talked about gender equality. I would like you to elaborate on this. How can that help fight exploitation against women?
View Pierre Jacob Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you.
Since I have some time left, my third question will be for Keira Smith-Tague.
You talked about guaranteed income, affordable housing and accessible child care. I agree with you. However, you also talked about the insufficient amount of $20 million.
I would like you to further explain your opinion on this $20-million amount over 5 years, for the whole country.
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