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LAO queries veracity of Toronto Sun articles refugee cost claim.

August 20, 2010


The Toronto Sun, Letter to the Editor

Re: Welfare tab to grow for Tamil refugees!


Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to Tom Godfreys article of August 18, 2010 entitled Welfare tab to grow for Tamil refugees.

The article, as it appeared on your website and in the printed version of your publication, speculates that if the 492 Tamil migrants who arrived in British Columbia last week were to settle in Ontario, it would cost Ontario legal aid $22 million to help them with their legal costs.

As far as Legal Aid Ontario is concerned, that number simply has no basis in fact. That number, if true, would amount to more than our entire annual budget for immigration and refugee law services. The latest annual report available online at www.legalaid.on.ca includes a budget of $14.8 million for immigration and refugee law services.

Perhaps you could advise us as to how the number in your story was determined.

Sincerely,

Peter Boisseau
Acting Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Legal Aid Ontario


For more information

For more information please contact:

Peter Boisseau
Acting Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Email: boissep@lao.on.ca