6 of 10 - Contact Your Government Representatives

Contact your local, provincial, and federal representatives requesting the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36). There are links below for contacting Mayors, MLAs, and MPs.

You may write your own letter or simply copy and paste the sample letter below into an email or paper letter.

When writing public officials, be sure to remember the following guidelines:

  • Thank the official for the work he or she is already doing on this issue.

  • State that you are writing as a private or concerned citizen.

  • Specifically request the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36).

  • Be polite and respectful.

  • Date the letter and ask to hear back.

  • Communicate effectively with members of parliament

 


The Hon. Mike Farnworth
Solicitor General
Room 128, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4


Dear Solicitor General:

Thank you for your work thus far working to ensure democracy for all people. I am sure that during your work in Bulgaria and Iraq, you have seen the effects of gender inequality, and its effect on limiting opportunities for women and children. I am writing as a concerned citizen to discuss the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) and the lack of enforcement of the Act in the Province of BC.

Ending sex trafficking and prostitution in B.C. is an important gender equality and human rights issue, particularly as Canada’s First Nations peoples are disproportionately affected by these issues. Without addressing the demand for buying sex, as the Act does, we cannot hope to reduce the number of victimized persons.

Canada’s new laws on prostitution put our nation at the forefront of global change towards a more just society. A similar law in Sweden has proved to be successful. However, the law must be uniformly enforced across our nation, and in our province, so that a fair assessment can be made. How can the efficacy of the law be assessed, when it has not been enforced?

I ask you to ensure that police forces in British Columbia are instructed to enforce the law.

Sincerely,
 
YOUR NAME
YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
[Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.]

  


The Hon. John Horgan
Premier and President of Executive Council
P.O. Box 9041 Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9E1

 
Dear Premier Horgan:
 
Thank you for your work thus far to help to keep the citizens of British Columbia safe and healthy.

I am writing as a concerned citizen to bring to your attention the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) and the lack of enforcement of the Act in the Province of BC.
 
Ending sex trafficking and prostitution in B.C. is an important gender equality and human rights issue, particularly as Canada’s First Nations peoples are disproportionately affected by these issues. Without addressing the demand for buying sex, as the Act does, we cannot hope to reduce the number of victimized persons.

Canada’s new laws on prostitution put our nation at the forefront of global change towards a more just society. However, the law must be uniformly enforced across our nation, and in our province, so that a fair assessment can be made. How can the efficacy of the law be assessed, when it has not been enforced?

I ask you to ensure that police forces in British Columbia are instructed to enforce the law.
 
Sincerely,
 
YOUR NAME
YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
[Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.]

  


Hon. Shane Simpson, MLA
Room 201
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC  V8V 1X4
 
Dear Mr. Simpson: 
 
Thank you for the work the Legislature has done thus far on combatting human trafficking in BC.
I am writing as a concerned citizen to request the following actions:
 
   1. The enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) throughout BC.
   2. Additional funding and programs to help transition trafficked persons out of prostitution.
   3. Additional funding and programs to educate the public with respect to the law and the continued victimization of prostituted persons by johns.
 
Without addressing the demand for buying sex, we cannot hope to reduce the supply of victimized persons.
Ending human trafficking, sex trafficking, and prostitution in BC is an important gender equality and human rights issue.
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding my request.
 
Sincerely,
 
YOUR NAME
YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

 


Mayor Gregor Robertson
City of Vancouver
453 W 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4
 
Dear Mayor Robertson: 
 
Thank you for your work thus far on combatting human trafficking in Vancouver.
I am writing as a concerned citizen to request the following actions:
 
   1. The enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) throughout the City of Vancouver.
   2. Additional funding and programs to help transition trafficked persons out of prostitution.
   3. Additional funding and programs to educate the public with respect to the law and the continued victimization of prostituted persons by johns.
 
Without addressing the demand for buying sex, we cannot hope to reduce the supply of victimized persons.
Ending human trafficking, sex trafficking, and prostitution in Vancouver is an important gender equality and human rights issue.
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding my request.
 
Sincerely,
 
YOUR NAME
YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS