Yesterday I praised the federal government for scrapping the Court Challenges Program.
But not everybody was as happy as I.
Some people claim we need this $5 million program to help the “poor” launch court challenges.
But in fact, the CCP was not really about helping the poor, it was about helping left-wing special interest groups promote their own pet causes.
Adam Daifallah and Tasha Kheiriddin ably documented this in their book Rescuing Canada’s Right.
The authors point out that, “In some cases, CCP grants appear to have had little to do with financial need and much to do with connections and ideology. Feminist lawyer Beth Symes, received a CCP grant to challenge the fact that she couldn’t deduct the expenses for her nanny. At the time, Symes was earning a six-figure salary and was one of the founders of LEAF.”
Or as columnist Lorne Gunter recently pointed out, “The CCP and its fundees have become a very cozy, close-knit little clan. The program almost never funds cases brought by individuals, only those supported by powerful rights-seeking lobbies, and almost the same dozen or so lobbies.”
Meanwhile, conservatives were routinely shut out of the process.
The CCP was not only overtly ideological, it was also unfair.