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Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice says legal aid essential to fair justice system

photo of the SCOC Chief Justice“Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner says legal aid is “essential” to ensuring the justice system is fair and efficient for all.

His remarks come as Ontario Premier Doug Ford is facing sharp criticism for slashing funding for legal aid by 30 per cent. This year’s provincial budget cut Legal Aid Ontario by $133 million and said the organization could no longer use provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases.

… he stressed the importance of governments adequately funding programs to ensure access to legal representation for the most vulnerable people. “I think legal aid is essential to the justice system, to make sure that the justice system is strong and fair,” he said. “It’s also a smart investment.””

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