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Attorney General critic says BC residents being denied justice by lack of legal aid funding

The NDP’s critic for the Attorney General says lawyers are understandably fed up with the lack of funding for legal aid in BC.

There was a “Rally in Robes” outside the Vancouver Provincial Law Courts on Monday afternoon, after several legal aid lawyers walked off the job on Saturday.

Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog says they’re frustrated by the Liberal government’s refusal to fund legal aid in a meaningful way.

Krog says a provincial tax on legal services generates around $144 million a year, but legal aid receives only a little over half of that money. He says the inadequate funding is disproportionately affecting those who need the most help.

Krog says the Liberals are aware of the issue but have so far refused to dedicate more money to legal aid. Meanwhile, the Trial Lawyers’ Association says they’re withdrawing their services until August to draw more attention to the issue.

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