Inside Politics

More anti-human trafficking activists, lawyers and sex workers on Justice committee witness list

The House of Commons justice committee continues its review of the government's proposed rewrite of Canada's prostitution laws on Tuesday, with Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson, Portuguese parliamentarian Jose Mendes Bota and Native Women's Association of Canada president Michele Audette among those scheduled to testify during a second round of all-day hearings.

Also on the witness list: BridgeNorth; Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work Educate and Resist; Calgary Police Service; Stella, l'amie de Maimie; London Abused Women's Centre; Rising Angels; the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies; Sisters Inside; Canadian Women's Foundation; Pivot Legal Society; Ed and Linda Smith; SIM Canada and University of Ottawa criminology professor Christine Bruckert

Outside the precinct, the ministerial good news circuit continues to weave its way across the country. A sampling of events on the schedule for today:

    • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea shares the details of still more good news for her home province of Prince Edward Island -- this time, on annual funding for small craft harbours, which she will deliver during a stop at the West Point Harbour Authority.
    • Elsewhere on the east coast, Minister of State for ACOA Rob Moore pays a visit to a community college in Dartmouth, where he'll share the details on a "major investment in R&D and commercialization projects in Atlantic Canada," before making his way to the Nova Scotia Firefighters School with a fresh installment of federal cash that will, according to the advisory, "ultimately support the energy and marine sectors."
    • Back in Montreal, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney drops by the US departures lounge at the Montreal - Trudeau International Airport with news on the NEXUS program.
    • Meanwhile, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear makes back-to-back appearances in Toronto, where he's slated to tour the Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Canadian Film Centre.
    • Finally, in Calgary, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel teams up with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to show their government's support for the beef sector.

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