Just sent out this news release:
(September 25, 2006)The National Citizens Coalition today praised the federal government for scrapping the Court Challenges Program.
“This is a good move for taxpayers and for democracy,” says NCC vice president Gerry Nicholls. “The CCP was nothing but a subsidy program for left-wing special interest groups.”
Nicholls says if anyone wants to launch a constitutional court challenge they should do so with funds raised voluntarily not with tax dollars.
“Taxpayers should not be forced to finance a court challenge they may not support,” says Nicholls.
The NCC vice president points out that his group has launched several court challenges over the years and has never received one cent in public subsidies to help pay for them.
“If you are launching a court challenge that has public support you can raise money,” says Nicholls. “Taxpayers shouldn’t have to help pay the bill.”