Astute readers will remember that, back in January 2002, the Campbell administration announced a 38.8 percent reduction in legal aid funding - from $88.3 million to $54 million. And now, four years later, Lotuslanders may finally learn the exact length and breadth of that shaft. Last month, the Legal Services Society of British Columbia announced on BC Bid it was looking for a contractor to "design, administer, and analyze a survey to measure client satisfaction" with its advisory and representation services. A worthy enterprise. But, according to that request for proposal, the contractor will also interview society clients to measure how satisified they have been with their access to those services - including those whose applications for aid have been denied. And the results of those interviews will surley give the New Democrats some question period fodder when they are completed a year from now.
July 5, 2006