Leader of suit against prostitution law kicked out of committee studying new law

The woman at the centre of the Supreme Court case which overturned the country’s prostitution laws has been thrown out of a Senate hearing studying a proposed replacement law.

OTTAWA — The woman at the centre of the Supreme Court case which overturned the country’s prostitution laws has been thrown out of a Senate hearing studying a proposed replacement law.

Terri-Jean Bedford was testifying before the committee and grew emotional when a senator asked her how the new laws would affect her business.

She demanded more time to answer, but Conservative chairman Sen. Bob Runciman told her she was subject to the same rules as other witnesses.

Bedford refused to stop speaking and Runciman adjourned the meeting, threatening to call security.

Bedford was one of the main applicants in the landmark Supreme Court case, which threw out the old law last December and gave the government a year to craft a new one.

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