Former PMs Joe Clark and Paul Martin, former Assembly of First Nations National Chief Ovide Mercredi, former Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami leader Mary Simon, former N.W.T. premier Stephen Kakfwi, Métis writer Chelsea Vowel and former auditor general of Canada Sheila Fraser for an alliance to conduct a “national dialogue” to help “rebuild trust” and “mend a broken relationship”.
Over the past month, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been not-so-quietly crisscrossing the country, holding closed-door confabs with what his department describes as “criminal justice system stakeholders.”
Although the details of those discussions are in camera, and thus off the record, it’s clear from the accompanying press releases that one of the key items on the agenda has been C-36, MacKay’s legislative bid to rewrite Canada’s prostitution laws in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision.
”The man who possesses no other property than his labor power must… be the slave of other men who have made themselves the owners of the material conditions of labor. He can only work with their permission, hence live only with their permission.”
— Karl Marx - Critique of the Gotha Programme 1875