Taxpayers fund expensive lawyer
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