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Ottawa commits an extra $30 million a year for legal aid programs

The funding, which adds to the $88 million over five years already committed, won’t kick in until two years after the next election


 
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Jan.26, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS.Adrian Wyld

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Jan.26, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS.Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Ottawa plans to give the provinces more money for legal aid programs to help improve access to the justice system.

“All Canadians — no matter their means — should have the right to a fair trial and access to a modern, efficient justice system,” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The federal government committed $88 million over five years in the federal budget this year.

Wilson-Raybould now has announced another $30 million a year in ongoing funding to boost legal aid services for people who cannot afford to pay for lawyers.

But that additional funding will not begin until 2021 — two years after the next election.

“I am pleased that we can give our provincial and territorial partners the assistance they have been requesting to help fund legal aid plans throughout Canada,” Wilson-Raybould said. “The clear financial commitment from the federal government will allow legal aid plans to serve the people who need them,”

The money will go to the federal Legal Aid Program, which is then distributed to the provinces for delivery of services.

Each province and territory sets its own policies and priorities when it comes to legal aid.

The government said the money will also come with performance measures to ensure it is doing what it is supposed to do.


 

Ottawa commits an extra $30 million a year for legal aid programs

  1. more distributed wealth stiffing the middle class; allocated from the connected shyster lawyer mafia to be given to the new immigrant criminal lower class.

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