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Bar association looks to make justice funding a campaign issue
Published Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:22AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 2, 2019 12:57PM MDT
With only two weeks left in the Alberta election campaign, the Canadian Bar Association is calling on the candidates to ensure proper funding for the justice system.
“Less than one percent of the last provincial budget was spent on the justice system in Alberta and that’s not enough. We also know that for every dollar spent on justice, taxpayers save six dollars elsewhere,” CBA Alberta President Frank Friesacher said in a written release.
“The SNC-Lavalin story showed how important an issue such as the independence of the judicial system is to Canadians, and issues related to justice should be part of the discussion leading up to April 16th.”
The CBA Alberta wants funding for proper access to justice, family justice and drug treatment courts. Additionally, they would like to see additional funding for judges, clerks and admin staff to reduce court delays.