Frank Addario, President of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association, on the continuing boycott of serious criminal cases by the Province's legal aid lawyers:
Elected politicians have to declare themselves on access to justice for the poor. Governments that genuinely support equality must provide stable, long-term funding for legal aid programs. No waffling, half-measures or hedging will do.
Legal aid is modern social justice at its best. It is a triumph of equality when good lawyers accept such cases. It means that no matter how poor a person or how disorganized their life, a talented lawyer will speak for them.
In the legal system, at least, poverty takes a back seat. This beautiful ideal shows the rest of the world how we define justice. It's time to restore its sheen.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto