Tax­pay­ers fund ex­pen­sive lawyer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The prob­lem with UPEI’s hir­ing lawyer Brian John­ston from Hal­i­fax is not that he is a tough ne­go­tia­tor who has helped to cre­ate strikes in At­lantic Univer­si­ties. To have him on board is a good tac­tic for the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The prob­lem is how much such a star lawyer costs. Ac­cord­ing to pub­lic doc­u­ments, Aca­dia paid him at least $400,000. Think how many cour­ses with low en­rol­ments would have to be can­celled at UPEI to make up that money.

Not only is the cost ex­or­bi­tant com­pared to less no­to­ri­ous and fully com­pe­tent Is­land lawyers, let alone no lawyer at all, UPEI is send­ing that money off Is­land. If it were a pri­vate busi­ness, it could do what it wants, of course. But UPEI is largely funded by P.E.I. tax­pay­ers. Are we happy to see our money be­ing spent in this way? Pat Mur­ray, Strat­ford

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