Justice ministers from across Canada met in Alberta this week to discuss funding for legal aid, but no agreement was reached.
According to provincial justice ministers, legal aid used to be shared equally with the federal government. However, since 2003 there has been no new funding from the federal government, meaning any shortfall is left to the province. What that means is that in some provinces like Alberta, federal contributions to legal aid have dropped to 16 per cent.
Andrew Swan, Manitoba Justice Minister, said,
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I don’t understand how a government in Ottawa that claims to be in support