VANCOUVER, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The BCGEU welcomes news the province has
established an independent review of the deeply troubled provincial
justice system and is calling on the government to act quickly and
invest additional resources.
"A decade of Liberal government cuts and chronic underfunding have
created the current crisis," says BCGEU president Darryl Walker. "We
have heard from our members for years that the criminal justice system
was deteriorating. The unprecedented public concerns expressed by
lawyers and judges confirmed the significant and real pressures which
are grinding the wheels of justice to a halt."
The current provincial budget contains further spending cuts for next
year. The government will present a new budget later this month but
today's announcement was clear that no new funding is anticipated.
"While this review is welcome news, a rearrangement of ministries and
responsibilities will not fix the problems. It is clear that a major
investment of new money is necessary to bring meaningful improvements
to our justice system," Walker added.
Many of the changes announced today will impact the thousands of BCGEU
members who deliver front line justice services across the province.
The BCGEU is seeking a briefing from the Government to understand the
impacts on our members of the changes announced today by the Premier.
SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Evan Stewart, BCGEU Communications (604) 220-3095.