Taxpayers picking up legal fees for Liberal staffers in scandal
When the executive director of the B.C. Liberal Party got slapped with criminal charges in Ontario, she started an online “crowdfunding”page to help pay her legal fees.
The Laura Miller Defence Fund has raised nearly $60,000 so far, including generous donations from several well-placed Liberals.
That’s the way things work in Ontario: You get charged with a crime, you pay for your own lawyer, even if it means raising money on the Internet.
Things work a little differently here in British Columbia, where the government has a “legal indemnification” program in which taxpayers pay the legal fees of insiders who get in trouble with the law.