Alexandre Leduc attacked for his positions on prostitution

In an open letter sent to the media on September 15, citizens reproach the outgoing solidarity deputy for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Alexandre Leduc, for his alleged positions in favor of “the abolition of sex work”.

The signatories also invite Québec solidaire (QS) to explain why an “abolitionist candidate” is campaigning for a party whose program claims to “recognize and support prostitutes / sex workers as actors and main actors of social change , policies and legislation concerning them”. They also question QS’s choice to appoint Alexandre Leduc to sit on the Special Commission on the Sexual Exploitation of Minors which was held in August 2020.

Asked about this, the Member for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve did not wish to answer questions from Subway. The party maintains for its part that Alexandre Leduc supports the positions of QS on sex work.

Quebec Solidarity MNA Alexandre Leduc. Photo: Archives, Metro Media

“These are always those that he has defended in his work as an MP over the past four years, adds the national press officer of QS, Laurent Deslauriers. These same positions were also taken by Mr. Leduc within the framework of the Special Committee on the Sexual Exploitation of Minors, in collaboration with MNAs Manon Massé and Christine Labrie, with the endorsement of the entire solidarity caucus, and he even consulted the National Women’s Commission of Québec solidaire throughout the work.”

This is not the first time that Alexandre Leduc and QS have been criticized for their positions on prostitution. An article published on the site Hurry to the left! on February 16, 2021 accused the MP for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and the MP Christine Labrie, responsible for women’s issues, of having “chosen to listen only to abolitionist associations”.

The National Women’s Commission (CNF) of Quebec solidaire had replied the same day of publication of this article, affirming that the party had respected its program during its work in connection with the Special Commission on the sexual exploitation of minors. As of this writing, the open letter has garnered over 600 signatures.

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