Justice Minister Ross Landry said he will be paying close attention to the federal government’s appeal of an Ontario court decision that decriminalizes some acts connected to prostitution.

“I look forward to reading and observing the decisions of the appeal court,” Landry said Thursday, adding he still wants to follow up on the Ontario Superior Court’s original decision. Judge Susan Himel ruled Tuesday in favour of a constitutional challenge that argued laws against keeping bawdy houses, communicating for the purpose of prostitution, and living on the avails of the trade force sex workers onto the street, where there is an increased chance of violence. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has since said the government will appeal the ruling.

Landry said he thinks the discussion around prostitution laws is an important one.

“I think it’s a good issue to be reflecting on and discussing,” he said. “(There are) stakeholders that are involved.”