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04.18.19

SUP Weighs-In on Ontario Premier Doug Ford's Draconian Budget

Last Thursday, the Ontario government released its 2019 budget, the first since the Doug Ford government was elected in June, presenting several issues of concern for The Society of United Professionals (SUP/IFPTE Local 160) members, including a 35% cut to the funding for Legal Aid Ontario, cuts to health care and education spending, and the government’s intentions to consult with public sector unions on compensation costs that could include changes to provincial collective bargaining laws.

Scott Travers, SUP/IFPTE Local 160 President and an IFPTE Canadian Area VP, commented specifically on the legal aid services, saying, “A cut of this magnitude is unprecedented and will absolutely mean job losses for legal aid lawyers.” Also commenting was Legal Aid Ontario lawyer Dana Fisher, who also serves as a spokesperson of SUP, the union representing 350 Legal Aid Ontario lawyers: “These unprecedented cuts will decimate legal assistance for Ontario’s most vulnerable, including people fleeing abusive relationships, those facing unfair evictions, refugees, and people with mental illness.”

Read the Society's full statement.

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