VANCOUVER (March 29, 2019) – BC Liberal Justice critic, MLA Michael Lee, is calling for a substantive and long-term solution to the funding crisis faced by legal aid lawyers in British Columbia.
“Today’s announcement of a one-time grant is nothing but a quick Band-Aid solution to prevent strike action by legal aid lawyers on Monday,” said Lee, MLA for Vancouver-Langara. “This does nothing to remedy the serious funding crisis faced by legal aid services in British Columbia.”
Only $4 million of the $7.9 million one-time grant is coming from the province, with the rest having to be covered by the Legal Service Society (LSS) and re-allocated from their existing budget.
“Instead of fixing the problem, Attorney General David Eby is simply shuffling money around and kicking the can down the road,” added Lee. “It’s time for the NDP to take this problem seriously because the over 25,000 British Columbians who rely on access to legal aid services each year deserve better.”