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Election promise made to restore court challenges program

Liberals pledge to revive program cancelled by Harper Conservatives in 2006.

by NUPGE

September 11, 2008 — The federal Liberal party has promised as part of its Oct. 14 election campaign platform to restore the federal court challenges program and to double its size.

The party argues that "the fabric of our society" has been damaged since the program was cancelled by the Harper Conservatives in 2006, ostensibly because of the need for budget cuts.

The program allocated $3 million a year to fund legal fees by groups challenging government decisions affecting rights guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has accused Harper of killing the program for ideological reasons, not to save money as he has claimed.

"This is the Canada he wants to build — laissez-faire, I don't care, fend for yourself, the federal government should not have to help you," Dion said during an election campaign stop in Quebec. "We will not accept this kind of Canada.". . .

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  Election promise made to restore court challenges program, by the National Union of Public and General Employees, September 11, 2008

Posted: September 11, 2008

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