When Joanne MacIsaac looks around at the lawyers who will represent the various parties at the upcoming coroner’s inquest into her brother Michael’s death, the same question always comes back to her:
If public dollars are funding all of these lawyers, why does her family have to foot the bill for their own? It’s a problem addressed in a Court of Appeal judge’s recent review of police oversight in Ontario, but one the provincial government has yet to fix.
“This should be a level playing field, funding should be given to everyone,” MacIsaac told the Star. “Either they fund every party involved, or they fund none . . . They don’t facilitate our participation in the process, but they facilitate everyone else's. Perhaps they just want the status quo.”