In a move certain to drag the province back into the legal nightmare of the Nineteenth Century, the Liberal Ontario government of Premier Dalton McGuinty has abolished the final remnants of Legal Aid funding for civil matters.
It is a move reminiscent of the federal Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper – aided and abetted by Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal opposition – which not to long ago abolished a fund for Constitutional legal challenges by poorly funded grassroots organizations.
The goal of both moves was to make it harder for the poor and the working classes to access justice.
And the fact of the matter is that the entire judicial systems of Canada, Ontario and the other provinces and territories are already massively rigged to favour corporations and the rich over workers, consumers and the poor. read more »