Who is Really Picking Our Pockets

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March 12, 2011


In Canada the illusion that we are a classless society best serves those who are indifferent to or would willfully exacerbate the contrary reality.

It has been the practice in this country to provide at least a modicum of equal access to legal representation. Now media reports consistently reveal that efforts to do this are waning, where not under direct attack. Our legal processes have become so expensive that, for the majority of Canadians, getting entangled in them is certain to generate a substantial financial setback, if not actual ruin; a fine, potentially crippling, for simply being accused.

This is apparently more so now than has been the case for those in the middle of the scale of financial well-being than for those at either end of it, ‘though tax-funded legal aid for the poor is also becoming ever more inadequate.

The irony is that those who can easily afford to finance and extend their own legal defense generate exponentially greater publicly-financed cost to the legal system, simply by being able to extend process.

That seems obvious. But where is the proof?

It doesn’t exist because no effort has been made to generate it.

Where is the analysis that would show us who we taxpayers  most extensively subsidize?

We should be looking in depth for the answer to that question before we set about determining the best ways to reduce taxation and who best to shift the now unsupported costs to; a not just at the legal system.

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