Alberta lawyers ‘fed up’, threaten job action over cuts to legal aid
EDMONTON – Alberta lawyers, still angered that legal aid is facing a funding crunch, are threatening job action.
They maintain another $8 million is needed to properly fund the system that provides legal services for those who can’t afford it.
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association president Shannon Prithipaul says they are talking about withdrawing their services.
She says she’s tried to get answers from Justice Minister Jonathan Denis and now will go to Premier Dave Hancock.
On Tuesday, Legal Aid said it was closing its offices in six Alberta communities, but said it had nothing to do lack of funding.
In April, Suzanne Polkosnik, president and CEO of Legal Aid Alberta, said the program needed another $8 million a year to continue meeting clients’ needs.
© The Canadian Press, 2014