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senderpostalcode = s.21
senderprovince = Ontario
senderemail = s.21
sendermessage = [REPLY=YES] [PROBLEM] My Husband is in an on
going legal battle with his ex as she is going after retroactive child
support for their son who he has not seen in a year as she has been
playing games and served him with court papers s.21
and she did so knowing we did
not have a car to travel there, we have 2 kids of our own under the age
of 4 we are currently on Ontario Works as my husband has mental health
issues and has been trying to get on ODSP and i have to take care of the
kids because he is unable to do so with his mental health. Now the Judge
has told him that he must get a lawyer and send her all of his
confidential mental health files by the next court date along with proof
he has been applying to ODSP. We have been working really hard over the
last year to get his mental health in order as well as mine through the
s.21 but this is a big emotional
stresser. Now my husband is trying to apply to legal aid and they are
giving him the run around and as we have a problem with transportation we
are unable to get a lawyer you see the legal proceedings are in s.21
so any lawyer we find up here who accepts legal aid
won't travel that far and any lawyer in s.21 who will accept legal aid
wants my husband to travel. We need help as Doug Ford said any one who
can't get a lawyer through legal aid should contact his office that is
what i am doing this is my Hail Mary plea as the judge said if my husband
can't get all the stuff together she will asume his income is $30,000 and
will hold him in contempt and put a warrant out for him. We need help and
i don't know where else to turn.
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CSU@ONTARIO.CA

Thanks for writing to me about legal aid funding. I appreciate hearing your views and
concerns.

As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've sent a copy of your correspondence to her. Minister
Mulroney or a ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

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sendermessage = [REPLY=YES] [PROBLEM] Hi sir I saw adverts in the
news paper any Canadian-citizen Need help with legal aid they can call
the prime minister office I need legal aid and lawyers because the deny
and delay my application For unknown reasonsand Im almost waiting more
then on years my name s.21
Address s.21 My cause with social justice
tribunal Ontario and director of the Ontario disabilities support program
my phone number
s.21 thank you very much sir
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s.21
From:
Sent: June-10-19 12:54 PM
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Legal Aid
Attachments: Document (1 ).docx

Categories: Green Category

Good afternoon,

My name is s.21 and I am writing in reguards to my legal aid. I was granted a legal aid certificate and attained legal counsel. My case was an open and shut case and should not
have gone this far. I have attached support documents for a change in solicitor for my case due to the negligence of my counsel. I have been denied twice by Legal Aid and now I am told I am
on a waiting list to see if I will be granted a certificate to obtain a new legal counsel.

I am a single mother to four children, three of which I am in a custody battle with. I am currently on Maternity Leave with my youngest and being stopped up financially with Ontario Works. I
cannot afford a lawyer. I need Legal Aid. My children are young in age and I have been fighting since of last year for them when I had left a volatile relationship. I am being pursued not only by
the father of my three young boys but along side his parents. His parents are financially well off and have been covering his legal fees and court fees.

I need to have a counsel as this custody battle is going to be going to trial. My next court date is scheduled for s.21 . The judge was agreeable to this date for the purpose
of me obtaining a new lawyer. I am still fighting to gel legal counsel.

I am getting now where with legal aid, I have saught legal advice and everyone I had spoke with has been agreeable that my previous lawyers.21 did not do his job as my counsel. That
many things were not addressed even though I had pushed for them to be. I had to have confidence that he knew what he was doing.

Mr. Ford, I read the article in the newspaper that if anyone had any issues with legal aid to call you directly. I am pleading with you to please help me with my legal aid issue, my children's well
being is on the line.

I have attached scanned documents that have been submitted to Legal Aid with each denial.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter and I look forward to hearing from you either through email at s.21 or by phone at s.21

s.21

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March 5th, 2018

s.21

To whom it may concern;

I wanted to inform you that I am currently expecting a child this coming April 2018. I would like my
Maternity Leave to begin on April 1'1, 2018 until September 1't, 2019. I have attached a copy of my
Doctors note confirming pregnancy.

If you have any questions please contact me at s.21

Thank you,

s.21
~·~~U.J-ad5 Vera (CAB)

From: s.21

Sent: June-14-19 1:15 PM


To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Denied Legal Aid Coverage for Family Law Matter and your promise that no
one will be denied
Attachments: Letter 2 Doug Ford RE Legal Aid Coverage Promise.pdf; Bail hearings will
no longer be covered by Legal Aid Ontario_ Globalnews.ca.pdf

Dear Premier Doug Ford.

Please sec Attached Letter for my request for Legal Aid Coverage and Article dated June 12, 2019

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s.21

s.21 TELEPHONE: s.21

s.21 s.21

LEGAL AID ONTARIO CLIENT #1s.21

SENT VIA EMAIL AND REGUALAR MAIL

PREMIER DOUG FORD'S OFFICE

Officer of the Premier Legislative Building


Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario - M7A 1A1
premiet@ontario.ca

Re: Denied Legal Aid covetage for Family Law Matter and Doug Ford's Promise That No
one will ever be denied Legal Aid Coverage

Dear Premier Doug Ford:

1. In a recent article dated June 12th 2019 which is attached to this email, Premier Doug Ford
stated the following:

"Hmvever, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says no one will be denied legal aid coverage, in
spite of the cuts.

Despite budget cuts, Ford 'guarantees' anyone who needs legal aid will get it

"If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office. I will guarantee you that
you will have legal aid, " Ford told Global News Radio during an unscheduled call to the
Alan Carter Show on April 2 2"
2. On s.21 , I brought a Motion to Change for a Family Law matter.

3. It is a vety complex matter and there are several issues to be dealt with and due to the
opposing counsel's unreasonable behaviour and failure to make an offer to settle I am now
being forced to go into a Trial alone.

4. I am a client of the s.21 and I have suffered severe legal abuse as a self-
represented litigant through the entire proceeding. I am a victim of sexual assault and
domestic violence from my child's fatl1er and suffer from PTSD.

5. I believe that the family court system should never be used as a way to coerce or re-victimise
vulnerable mothers and children who have been abused. The laws should place a child's welfare as
the paramount consideration, but there should be better protection for vulnerable mothers and
children in our family courts.

6. Generally Legal Aid only gives a maximum of 7 hours on a certificate, which is nowhere
near enough hours to do the proper work on an entire case. As a result our cases suffer in
the long term because the proper work is not being done.

7. Legal Aid usually denies Trial hours as well and most Legal Aid lawyers will not take on a
case at the Trial stage and will most often even refuse to do a Trial.

8. I am a single mother on ODSP who takes care of my minor child with special needs
and I am commencing a court case on my own accord. I financially and legally meet
the requirements for full legal aid coverage.

9. After enduring constant threats, abuse and harassment from my child's father and his
opposing counsel at s.21
and myself being a victim of sexual assault and domestic violence and
with 2 duty counsel referrals I was granted a legal certificate of only 7 5 hours.

10. After interviewing several lawyers, I was unable to find any lawyers that would take my case.
The matter is very long and complex with several issues to be dealt with and opposing
counsel has been unreasonable to sate and Is.21
.

11. I went out of my way personally and contacted tl1e Manager of the legal aid certificate
set-vices at Legal Aid Ontario located a s.21

12. I convinced her to put additional hours on the certificate just so I could retain counsel
because nobody would take my case.

1 3. After several intet-views with lawyers, I retained a lawyer and she did not review the file
before she acknowledged my certificate.
14. After she acknowledged rny certificate, she told me to send her everything and every
document and endorsements.

15. I sent her the entire file which was enormous and spent over 12 hours of rny time doing so.

16. The lawyer then complained to rne that it was too much for her too handle and told me that
she would not do a Trial.

17. She emailed me and told me she was not going to take on my case and that she would not
bill legal aid for any of the hours.

18. I told her that legal aid does not grant change in solicitors and that I would be stuck doing
the Trial and a cross examination of my abuser alone and that I could not do so.
s.21
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20. She told me that she did not care that my certificate was pulled from me that she
has the right to choose ·who she represents.

21. I informed Legal Aid and they told me the process was to apply for a change in solicitor
application which is what I did.

22. Then legal aid refused me a change in solicitor and my certificate was pulled and all
the hours that were on it that I worked hard to get.
s.21
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26. There is no reason why I am denied legal aid coverage I am financially eligible.

27. I need a certificate for a family law matter. I would like you to assist me please, Doug Ford,

28. You stated that "if anybody needed legal aid coverage to call into your office"

29. If you require in for more information or Evidence , please contact me at s.21

3 0. Thank you for your time,

I trust the above to be satisfactory, and will remain,


Yours very truly,
s.21

Single Parent
6/14/2019 Bail hearings will no longer be covered by Legal Aid Ontario I Globalnews.ca

Consumer SOS June 12, 2019 8:42 pm Updated: June 12, 201911:25 pm

Bail hearings will no longer be covered by Legal Aid


Ontario
~ By Sean O'Shea
lllll).tlll Consumer Reporter Global News

WATCH ABOVE: Legal Aid Ontario has announced it will no longer pay outside lawyers to help
defendants get bail as the organization faces a multi-million-dollar budget cut. As Sean O'Shea
reports, lawyers say the provincial government's cost-saving measures may actually increase
the cost of corrections.

Legal Aid Ontario has instructed the province's lawyers they will no longer be paid to represent clients at bail
hearings, effective immediately.

"Certificate lawyers may no longer bill for bail hearings on block fees. On these matters, duty counsel will
continue to be available to provide bail services," wrote David Field, President and CEO of Legal Aid Ontario
in a notice to lawyers.

Legal Aid Ontario, which provides services to those who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, is facing a 30-per-
cent cut in funding by the Ontario government.

The organization claims its "priority remains to provide quality frontline service to our clients, while regularly
reviewing our programs to better and more efficiently deliver them."

READ MORE: Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario mean asylum seekers are on their own, refugee lawyer says

But some lawyers say the service reductions will penalize the poor.

"The cuts to Legal Aid Ontario have gutted essential services for racialized and marginalized Ontarians who
are often in desperate need of legal assistance," said Daniel Brown, a Toronto criminal defence lawyer.

"The decision to cut funding for bail hearings will ensure that those who cannot afford legal help will spend
lengthier periods in jail," he told Global News.

Brown said the changes may result in some cases being "tossed out of court" if court delays drag on too
long.

The LAO changes affect criminal law, family law, prison law and cases involving mental health. Lawyers have
been told they will be paid 28 days after submitting their bills rather than 14 days, the current practice.

WATCH: (May 27, 2019) Ontario government reverses decision to cut 2019 municipal funding

"Persons who are accused of crimes are going to be less well-defended than they were before," said Dirk
Derstine, a Toronto criminal defence lawyer who frequently represents clients charged with serious offences
through legal aid.

https://globalnews.ca/news/53844 70/legal-aid-ontario-bail-hearings/ 1/2


6/14/.2019 Bail hearings will no longer be covered by Legal Aid Ontario I Globalnews.ca

"There's no question it will disincentivize lawyers from defending people on legal aid, it's already difficult,"
said Derstine, pointing out the increasing challenge of providing a defence for legal aid clients.

However, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says no one will be denied legal aid coverage, in spite of the cuts.

READ MORE: Despite budget cuts, Ford 'guarantees' anyone who needs legal aid will get it

"If anyone needs SL!pport on legal aid, feel free to call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal
aid," Ford told Global News Radio during an unscheduled call to the Alan Carter Show on April 22.

In practice, however, services will be less available than prior to the cuts, lawyers agree.

"I don't think that the premier understands, or perhaps he understands and just doesn't care that, you know,
low-income Ontarians are going to be severely impacted," said Bhutila Karpoche, NOP MPP for Parkdale-
High Park.

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CSU@ONTARIO.CA

Thanks for writing to me about legal aid funding. I appreciate hearing your views and
concerns.

As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've sent a copy of your correspondence to her. Minister
Mulroney or a ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

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From: no-reply@ontario.ca
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To: Doug Ford
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The following message was sent Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:33:53 PM
from the "Premier's Website", www.premier.gov.on.ca

Name: s.21

Email: s.21

Address: s.21

City: North york

Province: Ontario

Country: Canada

Postal/Zip Code:s.21

Comments: I don't qualify for legal aid but Im really in need of it I would like to see you true on your word

Message Nature: PROBLEM

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he 2019 Ontario budget, Premier Doug Ford says he
guarantees that anyone who needs legal aid will
receive it.

"If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call


my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal
aid," Ford told Global News Radio during an
unscheduleci call to the Alan Carter Show on Monday.

Click here to view

Saying he "almost hit three telephone poles" while


listening to the previous segment, Ford said he needed
to clear up "misleading stuff" he had heard.

READ MORE: Feds, lawyers slam Ontario's


'discriminatory' legal aid cuts for refugee claimants
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From: s.21
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Sent: April-25-19 1:21 PM


To: Premier ofOntario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Cc: COLIN BROWNE; s.21
Subject: Legal Aid Ontario URGENT
Attachments: Letter to Ford.docx

Categories: Green Category

Mr. Ford,

Please see the attached letter from Mr. Browne.

Regards,

Gayle Smith
Legal Assistant to
Colin A Browne

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COLIN A. BROWNE
BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR
28 Coverdale Avenue
Cobourg, Ontario
K9A4H3
Tel. (289) 252-1009 Fax (289) 252-0769
cabrowneOl OO@rogers.com

April 25, 2019

Dear Mr. Ford:

s.21 - Legal Aid for Immigration matter

I am taking you up on your offer to contact you wherein someone who deserves Legal Aid
reqmres same.

I am a Criminal and Family lawyer who does not do immigration; however, a fonner client of
mine is facing deportation and needs public funding.

As I understand it, in 2017 s.21

I will have my office follow up with you on this request that you ensure that somebody from
Legal Aid Ontario attend upon him and grant him a Legal Aid Certificate. In my view, this is one
of the situations that you make direct reference to in the press.

As time is of the essence, I thank you for your prompt consideration of this request.

Sincerely yours,

Colin A. Browne

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From: s.21

Sent: May-06-19 3:09 PM


To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Seeking Legal Aid type services - services re: disability?

Categories: Green Category

Hello Premier Ford,

I am following up with you, based on this article I read today, about access to legal services.

lhttps://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/aiticle-lawyers-union-says-premier-fords-numbers-on-legal-aid-ontario-
are/?fbclid=IwAR38zr9lexruNOKFT7IfcOdUc3ZPhhvKRBPpk-MV9FSAI15dTa27VdO-ncg

Specifically, they say,

"Ford told anyone who needs legal services to call him. He guaranteed them that he would get them legal
aid," she said at a news conference at Queen's Park. "If the public is taking him up on his offer, I suspect
that the Premier is learning a little bit about hm·v busy Legal Aid actually is."

The article seems to suggest that people who might have trouble accessing legal services might 'call you' to help
address this concern.

I am a person with disability - so calling isn't something that's too easy for me at the moment - I hope this email is
ok - I'll keep it as short as I can.

I'm having quite substantial trouble with disability related disc1imination in my condominium. The issues have
become quite serious for me, as I am now (currently) - intentionally exposed to deadly asbestos, and ongoing
harassment, and seem to be having trouble accessing the legal help I need to address these issues.

I've tried the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, and numerous other legal agencies, however, I have not yet
been able to address these issues, as it seems legal service providers are unable to accommodate my disability. This
matter has been ongoing for over 5 years, and there have been a number of unsafe issues here that put my Family,
neighbours, our workers etc - at risk.
s.21

I'm wondering if you, or a nice person in your office, could help us find 'the right lawyer' to address these
concerns?

i can explain more, and share reports, medical reports, photos, recordings, etc - should you I someone in your office
require more information.

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One of my great regrets in life is to not have attended the Ford Family barbecue. I hope to improve my health soon,
so that I can do that, (or have one of my own) - access to the legal services I need (to help address the issues
damaging my health) - could help me do that.

Respectfully,

s.21

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s.21
From:
Sent: April-29-19 4:04 PM
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Legal Aid Help

Categories: Green Category

Good day Premier Ford,

I am writing this email on behalf ons.21

s.21 has been charged with 2 serious offences - Sexual Assault - Assault with a we\l.pon. As these are very
serious charges s.21 has applied for Legal Aid he was denied Legal Aid due to him being on a Pension and
makes to much money to qualify for assistance for these legal matters through Legal Aid.

s.21 , applied for


Legal Aid (North Bay) on March 25 over the phone and denied application at that time, s.21 has received his
letter of this decision.s.21 not realizing the time line for an appeal to this decision of 15 days from
notice he is unable to reapply for Legal Aid for these same charges which now puts him in a bad situation.

s.21

s.21 myself have attempted to retain a lawyer however they are asking an· outrageous amount of $20,000 -
30,000 for a retainer which is not at all feasible for s.21
s.21

Premier Ford; we are asking for any help you can provide in hopes that s.21 can secure Legal Aid to
fight these charges. s.21 has just
· enough Pension to support himself and his bills he currently has and has nothing saved in his banking account at
which we are reaching out to you Premier Ford for help.

At this time we have not reached out to any more Lawyers with not knowing how we can help him financially,
myself and my wife do not make very much and have no funds available to help him. We have come across a
lawyer in our area but till we know what our options are we do not know what more we can do.

I am really hoping Premier Ford that


-
you would be able to help out s.21 as you have made a recent
announcement regarding people who can not get Legal Aid that your office would help with getting Legal Aid.
s.21

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I look forward to your response in this matter in the near future.

Regards,
s.21

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May 1, 2019

s.21

s.21
Thanks for your email about personal situation and legal aid.

As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've forwarded your email to her. Minister Mulroney or a
ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for your email.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

Please note that this email account is not monitored. For further inquiries, kindly direct your
online message through https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/default.aspx.

This email contains information intended only for the use of the individual named above. If you
have received this email in error, we would appreciate it if you could advise us through the
Premier's website at < https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/default.aspx> and
destroy all copies of this message. Thank you.
,;~U;,Zada, Vera (CAB)

From:
s.21 -
Sent: April-30-19 9:53 AM
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de l'OntariD
s.21
Subject: in need of legal aid

Categories: Green Category

To whom it may concern,

My name iss.21 s and I'm in desperate need oflegal aid. s.21


and am requesting support as per Premier Ford's statement regarding his offering oflegal
aid. It will make all the difference for my future as well as my immediate family's.

I can be reached by email at this address or by phone ats.21

I sincerely hope this reaches the right person as I'm in dire need of support in this situation and to move forward
with building the life I've worked so hard towards.

Please help me

Thank you

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May 2, 2019

s.21

Thanks very much for your email about legal aid. I appreciate receiving your
correspondence.

As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've forwarded your email to her. Minister Mulroney or a
ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: . The Honourable Caroli'.le Mulroney

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From: s.21

Sent: April-30-19 2:45 PM


To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Request for Legal Aid

Categories: Green Category

Hello,

s.21 for refugees. I am working with as.21 They have


currently filed a B.O.C. form and are in need oflegal counsel to submit their refugee claim and to prepare fortheir
hearing. I have called legal aid with them and they were denied. Please advise as to what options this couple has.

Thank you,
s.21

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May 1, 2019

s.21

Thanks very much for your email about legal aid. I appreciate receiving your
correspondence.
.,
As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've forwarded your email to her. Minister Mulroney or a
ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

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From: s.21

Sent: May-13-19 4:13 PM


To: premier@onatario.ca; MA'AT Legal
Subject: Dear
Attachments: s.21

Dear Honorable Premier Doug Ford,

My name is s.21 I live in the greater Toronto area, born and raised.
I am seeking your assistance in retaining a Legal Aid Certificate. I had a Child Welfare matter before the Court on
s.21

s.21 lawyer the judge gave mother custody on reason am appealing


I previously had a lawyer representing me, we had a disagreement re: his level of representation and failing to file
material or not doing so in a timely matter with the Court.
The lawyer removed himself from my case in s.21 I have been trying since then to get a Legal Aid
Certificate but have been refused three (3) times. I have attempted on numerous occasions to resolve the issue
with the former lawyer but he is no longer taking Child Protection cases from Toronto s.21
I have been representing myself at Court with some assistance from Duty Counsel. The Judge has stated that I
am wasting the Courts time when I have attempted to explain my family circumstances. My former lawyer is still
on the Legal Aid Certificate and I am at a loss as to how to resolve this. I have exhausted all avenues I know or
have been told to explore.
s.21

i need my appeal legal to deal with this matter legal had refused me not knowing my hole case since cuts came in
i believe they not really managing clients concerns pertaining family matters my case in complex cause i been in
litigation for 7 years and now to have no access to my children society h The judge is required to review all the
evidence when making substantial orders that effect access and custody. I will set out below if have any
other inquiries. Please don't hesitate to conta~t me as I treat my case very seriously.s.21

and my rights as a parent under Section 7 of the Charter of


Rights and Freedoms.

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I would appreciate your assistance in this matter, as i will attach some of things a been going through with
children aid society i need help Doug ford you talk about family in Toronto my case is one of them you need to
have society workers register under the social work act a lot of them are doing thing you wouldn't believe making
joke out of court soi will wait to see if you can help Thank you or your time.
Sincerely,

s.21

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!-Ii-Zada, Vera (CAB)

From: s.21

Sent: May-17-19 7:24 AM


To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Urgent Legal aAd Assistance.

Categories: Green Category

The Honourable Doug Ford, M.P .P


Premier
Government of Ontario
Legislative Building,
Queen's Park
TORONTO, Ontario
M7ALY7

Dear Premier,

I am writing asking for your help and assistance. s.21

Cmrently. I have a family law matter in thes.21 , Ontario, due to my current family
circumstances I can not afford to hire a lawyer. s.21

I attended the FLIC centre at the family court office and they denied the legal aid assistance. I
contacted Legal Aid directly explained my family circumstances, and they told me that under my
cunent situation I qualify for Legal Aid, they tqld me to return to the FLIC office to request a Legal
Aid certificate.

I attended the FLIC office yesterday, and I was denied Legal Assistance again. I have a court date
s.21
and I do not have legal representation because I do not have $10.000
dollars to pay for a lawyer.

I am a taxpayer and contribute to this province and work hard to provide for my children.

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Premier, in a recent interview you told citizens to contact your office in case Legal Aid Assistance
were required. I am looking forward to hearing from you regarding this urgent matter.

Kind regards,
s.21

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senderip =s.21
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eedbackID=423457&SID=l88014936
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sendermessage = [REPLY=YES] [PROBLEM] GOOD AFTERNOON PREMIER DOUG
FORD,
I AM A CANADIAN CITIZEN BORN AND RAISED IN CANADA, I HAVE WORKED HARD ALL
MY LIFE. DURING 2017 DUE TO A SITUATION OUT OF MY CONTROL I WAS OUT OF
WORK. I HAD TO RELY ON ONTARIO WORKS WHICH HELPED ME GREATLY. MY PROBLEM
IS WITH LEGAL AID. I HAVE APPLIED WHILE ON ONTARIO WORKS AND WAS
ACCEPTED, I FINALLY GET A JOB THAT TAKES ME OF THE SYSTEM SO MY LIFE CAN
BE BETTER, TO FIND OUT I HAVE LOST MY CERTIFICATE TO HELP ME s.21

FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY IS GARNISHING MY WAGES BY HALF NOW


THAT I AM WORKING. I NEED YOUR HELP IN RESTORING MY LEGAL AID CERTIFICATE
UNTIL JULY 31ST. YOU SAID NO PERSON WOULD EVER BE WITHOUT HELP AND I AM
HOPING THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HELP ME IN THIS MANNER SO I DO NOT LOOSE
EVERYTHING I AM TRYING TO REBUILD IN MY LIFE. s
.
NOW THE STRESS I AM UNDER BY LOOSING THIS
2
. CERTIFICATE I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU IN THIS SHORT
1 LETTER. I HAVE NEVER
ASKED MY GOVERNMENT FOR HELP, BUT I AM ASKING YOU AS YOU ARE FOR THE
PEOPLE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP ME IN ANY WAY. I AM NOT
LOOKING FOR A HAND OUT JUST HELP WITH THE LAWYERS FEES s.21

TAKE CARE, AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!


s.21
lastmodifieddate =
May 17, 2019

s.21

Thanks very much for your email about legal aid. I appreciate hearing your concerns.

As the issuejOU raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've forwarded your email to her. Minister Mulroney or a
ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

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Ali-Zada, Vera (CAB)

From: Esther Lexchin [esther@jwlaw.ca]


Sent: April-25-19 11 :27 AM
To: Premier. of Ontario I Premier ministre de I' Ontario·
Subject: Legal Aid certificate for client

Categories: Green Category

Dear Premier Ford,

You recently announced that anyone who needs a Legal Aid certificate should call your office and you guaranteed
that they would receive Legal Aid coverage.

I am therefore writing on behalf of one of my clients - s.21


, but LAO is no longer covering these types of cases.s.21
, and in the past would have been able to obtain a certificate from Legal Aid for the Judicial Review
(appeal). She otherwise qualifies financially for LAO services.

We tried to call both your Queen's Park and your constituency offices today. At Queen's Park, we were told to put
- the request in writing, which is what I am doing here.

Please let me know how she can go about obtaining the Legal Aid services that you have guaranteed.

Thank you,

Esther Lexchin
BaiTister & Solicitor

Jared Will & Associates


226 Bathurst, Suite 200
Toronto, ON MST 2R9
T: 416 657 1472 ext. 103
F: 416 657 1511

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feedbackid = 426855
sendto = CSU <incomingcsu@cab.gov.on.ca>
sendfrom = no-reply@ontario.ca
sendreply =
senderip = s.21
senddate = 06/18/2019
preferredlanguage = English
requesturl =
https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/submitAddress.aspx?F
eedbackID=426855&SID=l89523648
senderPreFix = Mr.
sendername = s.21
senderFirstName = s.21
senderLastName s.21
senderaddress =s.21
sendercity =s
.
senderpostalcode
2 = s.21
senderprovince
1 = Ontario
senderemail = s.21
sendermessage = [REPLY=YES] [PROBLEM] need legal aid, saw you on
the news saying you will get it for anyone who needs it.
s.21

would love to support you in the future, need any assistance and justice
in this matter.
thank you
s.21
June 19, 2019

CSU@ONTARIO.CA

Thanks for writing to me about legal aid funding. I appreciate hearing your views and
concerns.

As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've sent a copy of your corresponderice to her. Minister
Mulroney or a ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

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feedbackid = 426853
sendto = CSU <incomingcsu@cab.gov.on.ca>
sendfrom = no-reply@ontario.ca
sendreply =
senderip = s.21
senddate = 06/18/2019
preferredlanguage = English
requesturl =
https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/submitAddress.aspx?F
eedbackID=426853&SID=189522760
senderPreFix = Mr.
sendername =s.21
senderFirstName =s.21
senderLastName =s.21
senderaddress = s.21
sendercity =s.21
senderpostalcode = s.21
senderprovince = Ontario
senderemail = s.21
sendermessage = [REPLY=YES] [PROBLEM] I understood you stated if
somebody was denied Legal Aid to contact your office. I did send an
email to the Office Manager and never received a reply.

This letter is written on behalf of s.21 who was denied Legal


aid support for his conviction appeal. Three renowned Toronto legal firms
expressed he had a strong case supported by precedence and recent High
court decisions. The firm Hicki Adams has produced 2 Superior Court
Justices and they were one of the firms supporting the appeal to go
forward

Legal Aid was sent 132:pages of supporting documents and took months to
respond. They have also provided inaccurat~ information .to us.

Is it now at the point where only the wealthy can file and afford a
defense? I certainly hope not. I understand the need for fiscal
responsibility but not at the expense of Justice

s.21
lastmodif ieddate
June 19, 2019

CSU@ONTARIO.CA

Thanks for writing to me about legal aid funding. I appreciate hearing your views and
concerns.

As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've sent a copy of your correspondence to her. Minister
Mulroney or a ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney

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Dear s.21

Thanks for writing to me about legal aid funding. I appreciate hearing your views and
concerns.

As the issue you raised falls in the area of responsibility of the Honourable Caroline
Mulroney, Attorney General, I've sent a copy of your correspondence to her. Minister
Mulroney or a ministry staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Sincerely,


Doug Ford
Premier

c: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney


Klimuntowski, Michael (OPO)

From: Klimuntowski, Michael (OPO)


Sent: April 23, 2019 8:20 AM
To: Vassos, Emily (OPO)
Subject: Link

https://globalnews.ca/news/5192363/despite-budget-cuts-ford-guarantees-legal-aid/

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Bellotto, Stephanie (OPO)

From: Welton, Cody (OPO)


Sent: April 23, 2019 7:54 AM
To: Waler, Laryssa (OPO); Jefferies, Simon (OPO); Yelich, Ivana (OPO); Massoudi, Amin
(OPO); Wallace, James (OPO)
Subject: FW: LAO's independence messaging-MAG

FYI ... bullet 2

From: Chartre, Jean-Philippe (MAG)


Sent: April 23, 2019 7:50 AM
To: Welton, Cody (OPO) <Cody.Welton@ontario.ca>; Koolsbergen, Andrew (MNRF)
<SOMl.Andrew.Koolsbergen@ontario.ca>; Lippert, Jessica (OPO) <Jessica.Lippert@ontario.ca>; Salituro, Christina
(OPO) <Christina.Salituro@ontario.ca>; Klimuntowski, Michael (OPO) <Michael.Klimuntowski@ontario.ca>
Cc: Robichaud, Jesse (MAG) <Jesse.Robichaud@ontario.ca>; Wilson, Michael (MAG) <Michael.WilsonS@ontario.ca>;
Adamo, Alexandra (MAG) <Alexandra.Adamo@ontario.ca>
Subject: LAO's independence messaging-MAG

Good morning,

Issue: Potential criticism of political interference on the grant of certificates for legal aid.

Media continue to report on the funding cuts to Legal Aid Ontario ( LAO). There are growing
concerns from legal aid clinics about the future of their funding. Marion Overholt, a lawyer and
executive director of both Legal Assistance of Windsor and Community Legal Aid, is concerned about
the letter from the Attorney General to Legal Aid Ontario that gave the impression that the clinics
aren't helping as many people as they used to, despite increases in funding. Overholt is quoted as
saying she would like to have the chance to meet with the Attorney General to discuss the concerns
and make sure any solutions don't cut services to the most vulnerable. On Friday, the Premier said
on a call to Global News Radio: "If anyone needs support on legal aid feel free to call my office. You
will - I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

Here is LAO's independence messaging:

• LAO is a publicly funded, arm's-length agency independent from government.

• To ensure that there is no government interference in decisions regarding which cases receive
legal aid, the Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 stipulates that LAO has the sole discretion to make
that decision in each individual case based on its merits.

• Any questions regarding decisions about legal aid eligibility and the issuance of individual
legal aid certificates should be directed to Legal Aid Ontario.

• Decisions about eligibility are made by LAO on a case by case basis.

• Any further questions about eligibility and the immigration and refugee programs can be best
answered by LAO.

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fc

Regards,

Jean-Philippe Chartre
Communications and Issues Management I Communications et Gestion des enjeux
Attorney General Office I Bureau de la procureure generale
s.14

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Klimuntowski, Michael (OPO)
N/R

From: Chartre, Jean-Philippe (MAG)


Sent: April 23, 2019 8:34 AM
To: Welton, Cody (OPO) <Cody.Welton@ontario.ca>; Koolsbergen, Andrew (MNRF)
<SOMl.Andrew.Koolsbergen@ontario.ca>; Lippert, Jessica (OPO) <Jessica.Lippert@ontario.ca>; Salituro, Christina
(OPO) <Christina.Salituro@ontario.ca>; Klimuntowski, Michael {OPO) <Michael.Klimuntowski@ontario.ca>
Cc: Robichaud, Jesse (MAG) <Jesse.Robichaud@ontario.ca>; Wilson, Michael (MAG) <Michael.WilsonS@ontario.ca>;
Adamo, Alexandra (MAG) <Alexandra.Adamo@ontario.ca>
Subject: RE: LAO's independence messaging-MAG

It sounds right; we will align on this. JP

Sent with BlackBerry Work


(www.blackberrv.com)

From: Welton, Cody (OPO) <Cody.Welton@ontario.ca>


Date: Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019, 8:09 AM
To: Chartre, Jean-Philippe (MAG) <Jean-Philippe.Chartre@ontario.ca>, Koolsbergen, Andrew (MNRF)
<SOMl.Andrew.Koolsbergen@ontario.ca>, Lippert, Jessica (OPO) <Jessica.Lippert@ontario.ca>, Salituro, Christina (OPO)
<Christina.Salituro@ontario.ca>, Klimuntowski, Michael (OPO) <Michael.Klimuntowski@ontario.ca>
Cc: Robichaud, Jesse (MAG) <Jesse.Robichaud@ontario.ca>, Wilson, Michael (MAG} <Michael.WilsonS@ontario.ca>, Adamo,
Alexandra (MAG) <Alexandra.Adamo@ontario.ca>
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Subject: RE: LAO's independence messaging-MAG

I am going to add this line on the top if that works


• Members of our caucus will always work with their constituents to help them access the services they
need.

From: Chartre, Jean-Philippe (MAG)


Sent: April 23, 2019 7:50 AM
To: Welton, Cody (OPO) <Cody.Welton@ontario.ca>; Koolsbergen, Andrew (MNRF)
<SOMl.Andrew.Koolsbergen@ontario.ca>; Lippert, Jessica (OPO) <Jessica.Lippert@ontario.ca>; Salituro, Christina
(OPO) <Christina.Salituro@ontario.ca>; Klimuntowski, Michael (OPO) <Michael.Klimuntowski@ontario.ca>
Cc: Robichaud, Jesse (MAG) <Jesse.Robichaud@ontario.ca>; Wilson, Michael (MAG) <Michael.WilsonS@ontario.ca>;
Adamo, Alexandra (MAG) <Alexandra.Adamo@ontario.ca>
Subject: LAO's independence messaging-MAG

Good morning,

Issue: Potential criticism of political interference on the grant of certificates for legal aid.

Media continue to report on the funding cuts to Legal Aid Ontario ( LAO). There are growing
concerns from legal aid clinics about the future of their funding. Marion Overholt, a lawyer and
executive director of both Legal Assistance of Windsor and Community Legal Aid, is concerned about
the letter from the Attorney General to Legal Aid Ontario that gave the impression that the clinics
aren't helping as many people as they used to, despite increases in funding. Overholt is quoted as
saying she would like to have the chance to meet with the Attorney General to discuss the concerns
and make sure any solutions don't cut services to the most vulnerable. On Friday, the Premier said
on a call to Global News Radio: "If anyone needs support on legal aid feel free to call my office. You
will - I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

Here is LAO's independence messaging:

• LAO is a publicly funded, arm's-length agency independent from government.

• To ensure that there is no government interference in decisions regarding which cases receive
legal aid, the Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 stipulates that LAO has the sole discretion to make
that decision in each individual case based on its merits.

• Any questions regarding decisions about legal aid eligibility and the issuance of individual
legal aid certificates should be directed to Legal Aid Ontario.

• Decisions about eligibility are made by LAO on a case by case basis.

• Any further questions about eligibility and the immigration and refugee programs can be best
answered by LAO.

Regards,

Jean-Philippe Chartre

2
,.
Communications and Issues Management I Communications et Gestion des enjeux
Attorney General Office I Bureau de la procureure generale
s.14

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Laskin, Ari (OPO)

From: Welton, Cody (OPO)


Sent: April 23, 2019 9:13 AM
Subject: Issues of the Day - April 23, 2019

Issues of the Day - April 23, 2019


Top Issues: N/R Legal Aid
Today's Announcements: N/R

N/R

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N/R

Issue: Media is reporting on eligibility for Legal Aid Services


• Members of our caucus will always work with their constituents to help them access the
services they need.
• LAO is a publicly funded, arm's-length agency independent from government.
• To ensure that there is no government interference in decisions regarding which cases receive
legal aid, the Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 stipulates that LAO has the sole discretion to make
that decision in each individual case based on its merits. .
• Any questions regarding decisions about legal aid eligibility and the issuance of individual
legal aid certificates should be directed to Legal Aid Ontario.
• Decisions about eligibility are made by LAO on a case by case basis.
• Any further questions about eligibility and the immigration and refugee programs can be best
answered by LAO.

2
,.

Hann, Dianna (OPO)

From: Media Monitoring < media.monitoring@pc.ola.org >


Sent: April 24, 2019 11 :03 AM
Subject: @mspratt

Michael Spratt
@mspratt
Following up with @ford nation about his legal aid guarantee. I am sure I will hear from him today.

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Sent: April 25, 2019 11 :42 AM
Subject: @mspratt

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@mspratt
Maybe today is the day I hear back from @ford nation about his legal aid guarantee?

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From: Goltsis, Peter (CAB)


Sent: April 29, 2019 9:38 AM
To: Laskin, Ari (OPO)
Cc: Ross, Ian (CAB); Fenton, Tannis (CAB)
Subject: RE: FYI PO: Legal Aid Ontario KMs

Excellent. Thanks.

Peter

From: Laskin, Ari (OPO)


Sent: April-29-19 9:30 AM
To: Goltsis, Peter (CAB) <Peter.Goltsis2@ontario.ca>
Cc: Ross, Ian (CAB) <lan.Ross@ontario.ca>; Fenton, Tannis (CAB) <Tannis.Fenton@ontario.ca>
Subject: Re: FYI PO: Legal Aid Ontario KMs

Yep this is good for me. MAG sent it my way on Friday.

Ari S. Laskin, Director of Strategy


Office of the Premier of Ontario
Government of Ontario
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From: Goltsis, Peter (CAB) <peter.goltsis2@ontario.ca> _


Sent: Monday, April 29, 2019 09:28
To: Laskin, Ari (OPO)
Cc: Ross, Ian (CAB); Fenton, Tannis (CAB)
Subject: FYI PO: Legal Aid Ontario KMs

Hello Ari-

For your awareness today- flagging that later this morning David Field, LAO's CEO will be sending a
memo to LAO directors and staff.

LAO worked collaboratively with MAG's MO, policy and comms team to ensure general comfort level
with the contt;:mt and tone.

While it is an internal communication, it is likely to be shared externally. Our issues team has also
shared these messages with Kody.

MAG has high level messaging. Specific questions about savings opportunities go to LAO.

• Ontario's legal aid system is the most comprehensive in Canada and helps to ensure that
Ontarians have access to the legal services they need, regardless of their ability to pay.

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'" • In 2019/20, LAO's operating budget will be $433M.
• The Ministry is pleased to see LAO has taken immediate steps to operate in a fiscally
responsible manner while protecting front line services to ensure that people get the legal help
they need, when and where they need it..
• The government will continue to work with LAO to complete a comprehensive review of legal
aid services and we are confident that LAO will continue to provide legal aid services,
including criminal law and family law services, to all low-income Ontarians, including
immigrants and refugees.
• The government will continue to invest over $300 million per year in Legal Aid Ontario. We will
continue the annual six per cent increase to the finandal eligibility threshold for legal aid
services.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Cheers,

Peter Goltsis I Assistant Director I Cabinet Office Communications


Phone: (647) 300 0592 I Email: Peter.Goltsis2@ontario.ca

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From: Media Monitoring <media.monitoring@pc.ola.org>


Sent: April 29, 2019 10:49 AM
Subject: @mspratt

Michael Spratt
@mspratt
Day 5: I decided to try email instead of the fax machine. Maybe today is the day @ford nation responds. I decided to
bring @C Mulroney into the loop because I am sure she is supportive of the Primer's legal aid guarantee.

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Sent: May 1, 2019 5:16 PM
Subject: @mspratt

Michael Spratt
@mspratt
Day 7: Today I met with a pensioner who was charged with a criminal offence. She has never been arrested before, has
lost everything, and cried in my office. It was heartbreaking. She will likely be denied legal aid. Why won't @fordnation
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Sent: May 2, 2019 11:22 AM
Subject: @mspratt

Michael Spratt
@mspratt
Day 8: Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? It has now been well over a week since @ford nation made is legal aid guarantee but
there have been no answers from Doug Ford or @C Mulroney on how to apply to the Premier. Maybe he was not
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From: Welton, Cody (OPO)


Sent: May 8, 2019 4:48 PM
To: Laskin, Ari (OPO)
Subject: FW: From the Toronto Star

From: Massoudi, Amin (OPO)


Sent: April 23, 2019 11:17 AM
To: Jefferies, Simon (OPO) <Simon.Jefferies@ontario.ca>; Welton, Cody (OPO) <Cody.Welton@ontario.ca>; Waler,
Laryssa (OPO) <Laryssa.Waler@ontario.ca>
Subject: Re: From the Toronto Star

Approved

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From: Jefferies, Simon (OPO)


Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:31:21 AM
To: Welton, Cody (OPO); Massou~i, Amin (OPO); Waler, Laryssa (OPO)
Subject: RE: From the Toronto Star

A couple of tweaks. In the light of this media request, I would just like to echo the importance of our
discussions from this morning:

On Legal Aid:

Legal Aid has been spending more and more money, but helping fewer and fewer people. We want to ensure
that people can get the legal help they need, when and where they need it. We need to make sure that Legal
Aid is sustainable and available when people need it. Acting on the advice of the Auditor General, we are
taking action to modernize and reform legal aid in Ontario to ensure it is there to help the people who need it
when they need it.

Members of our caucus will always work with their constituents to help them access the services they need.
LAO is a publicly funded, arm's-length agency independent from government.

On background:

What the Premier meant to say was "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office. You will -
I will guarantee you that you will have access to the folks at legal aid Ontario."
N/R

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From: Welton, Cody (OPO)
Sent: April 23, 2019 10:14 AM
To: Jefferies, Simon (OPO) <Simon.Jefferies@ontario.ca>; Massoudi, Amin (OPO) <Amin.Massoudi@ontario.ca>; Waler,
Laryssa (OPO) <Laryssa.Waler@ontario.ca>
Subject: RE: From the Toronto Star

On Legal Aid
• Members of our caucus will always work with their constituents to help them access the
services they need. LAO is a publicly funded, arm's-length agency independent from
government.
On deep background:
What the Premier meant to say was "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. You will - I will guarantee you that you will have access to the folks at legal aid Ontario."
N/R

From: Jefferies, Simon (OPO)


Sent: April 23, 2019 10:05 AM
To: Massoudi, Amin (OPO) <Amin.Massoudi@ontario.ca>; Welton, Cody (OPO) <Cody.Welton@ontario.ca>; Waler,
Laryssa (OPO) <Laryssa.Waler@ontario.ca>
Subject: Fwd: From the Toronto Star

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From: Benzie, Robert <rbenzie@thestar.ca>

Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:58 AM

To: Jefferies, Simon (OPO)

Subject: From the Toronto Star

Hi Simon:
There were a couple of things the premier said yesterday in his AM640 interview with
Alan Carter that we wanted to clarify.
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"First, on legal aid, he said: "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. You will - I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."
What's the budget for that new legal aid program he announced on AM640? Do
Ontarians just call his office instead of contacting Legal Aid Ontario? Is there a cap on
the new program?
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Anyway, thanks in advance for any help on legal aid and

Best,
Benzie

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From: Daniels, Tianna (OPO)


Sent: May 9, 2019 4:46 PM
To: Laskin, Ari (OPO)
Subject: Re: SEEKING PO DIRECTION ON HOW TO HANDLE legal aid request letters (example
attached - 3033678)

That's no problem! Take your time

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From: Laskin, Ari (OPO) <ari.laskin@ontario.ca>


Sent: Thursday, May 9, 2019 4:45 PM
To: Daniels, Tianna (OPO)
Subject: Re: SEEKING PO DIRECTION ON HOW TO HANDLE legal aid request letters (example attached - 3033678)

That's ok. I'm really struggling with this one to be honest.

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Sent: Thursday, May 9, 2019 16:38
To: Laskin, Ari (OPO) 1 1
Subject: Re: SEEKING PO DIRECTION ON HOW TO HANDLE legal aid request letters (example attached - 3033678)

Thank you Ari! Sorry for my delayed response. I wasn't in today.

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Sent: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:14 PM
To: Daniels, Tianna (OPO)
Subject: Re: SEEKING PO DIRECTION ON HOW TO HANDLE legal aid request letters (example attached - 3033678)

Hey Tianna

I am still working towards a response. I will have something for you tomorrow morning.

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Sent: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 14:43
To:·Laskin, Ari (OPO)
Subject: FW: SEEKING PO DIRECTION ON HOW TO HANDLE legal aid request letters (example attached - 3033678)

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.Hey Ari,

Veronica asked that I sent this to you to draft a response as this is your strategy file and can support on language and
tone

Thank you & all the best,


Tianna

Tianna Daniels
Special Assistant to the Chief Of Staff
Office of the Premier of Ontario
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From: Gullone, Anthony (CAB)
Sent: April 25, 2019 3:04 PM
To: Daniels, Tianna (OPO) <Tianna.Daniels@ontario.ca>
Subject: SEEKING PO DIRECTION ON HOW TO HANDLE legal aid request letters (example attached - 3033678)

thanks

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Gullone, Anthony (CAB)

From: Esther Lexchin <esther@jwlaw.ca>


Sent: April 25, 2019 11 :27 AM
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Legal Aid certificate for client

Dear Premier Ford,

You recently announced that anyone who needs a Legal Aid certificate should call your office and you guaranteed that
they would receive Legal Aid coverage.

I am therefore writing on behalf of one of my cli~nts - she wants to apply for Judicial Review of her Humanitarian &
compassionate application that was rejected, but LAO is no longer covering these types of cases. She is from s.21 , and
in the past would have been able to obtain a certificate from Legal Aid for the Judicial Review {appeal). She otherwise
qualifies financially for LAO services.

We tried to call both your Queen's Park and your constituency offices today. At Queen's Park, we were told to put the
request in writing, which is what I am doing here.

Please let me know how she can go about obtaining the Legal Aid services that you have guaranteed.

Thank you,

Esther Lexchin
Barrister & Solicitor

Jared Will & Associates


226 Bathurst, Suite 200
Toronto, ON MST 2R9
T: 416 657 1472 ext. 103
F: 416 657 1511

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Gullone, Anthony (CAB)

From: Esther Lexchin <esther@jwlaw.ca>


Sent: April 25, 2019 11 :27 AM
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario
Subject: Legal Aid certificate for client

Dear Premier Ford,

You recently announced that anyone who needs a Legal Aid certificate should call your office and you guaranteed that
they would receive Legal Aid coverage.

I am therefore writing on behalf of one of my cli~nts - she wants to apply for Judicial Review of her Humanitarian &
compassionate application that was rejected, but LAO is no longer covering these types of cases. She is from s.21 and
in the past would have been able to obtain a certificate from Legal Aid for the Judicial Review {appeal). She otherwise
qualifies financially for LAO services.

We tried to call both your Queen's Park and your constituency offices today. At Queen's Park, we were told to put the
request in writing, which is what I am doing here.

Please let me know how she can go about obtaining the Legal Aid services that you have guaranteed.

Thank you,

Esther Lexchin
Barrister & Solicitor

Jared Will & Associates


226 Bathurst, Suite 200
Toronto, ON MST 2R9
T: 416 657 1472 ext. 103
F: 416 657 1511

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Klknuntowski, Michael (OPO)

From: Chartre, Jean-Philippe (MAG)


Sent: June 17, 2019 2:39 PM
To: Wood, Cameron (OPO); Leach, Madison (MAG)
Cc: Lippert, Jessica (OPO); Wilson, Michael (MAG); Robichaud, Jesse (MAG); Klimuntowski,
Michael (OPO); Adamo, Alexandra (MAG)
Subject: NEW CONTENTIOUS FOi REQUEST MAG-2019-1261 I records relating to Doug Ford's
statement to Global News on April 22, 2019

Hi Cam,

FYI. Contentious FOi request to MAG, involving PO. Due July 16.

Jean-Philippe

From: Viccajee, Havovi (MAG)


Sent: Monday, June 17, 2019 1:46 PM
To: Freeston, Ryan (MAG) <Ryan.Freeston@ontario.ca>; Chartre, Jean-Philippe (MAG) <Jean-
Philippe.Chartre@ontario.ca>; Visser Greson, Heather (MAG) <Heather.VisserGreson@ontario.ca>
Cc: Ragone, Enza (MAG) <Enza.Ragone@ontario.ca>; Desouza, Josephine (MAG) <Josephine.DeSouza@ontario.ca>;
Smith, Emilie (MAG) <Emilie.Smith@ontario.ca>
Subject: NEW CONTENTIOUS FOi REQUEST MAG-2019-1261 I records relating to Doug Ford's statement to Global News
on April 22, 2019

Good Afternoon, we received the above request from a Law firm for:

" Any correspondence, email, memos, internal communication, policy documents, planning
and implementation information, and records relating to Doug Ford's April 22nd 2019 statement
to Global News.
And any of the above retiling to letters sent to Mr. Ford, Ms. Mulroney, or the Attorney General
by Michael Spratt about Mr. Ford's legal aid promises.
Mr. Ford told the radio station. "that. "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid".

See Global News for details and complete audio:https://globalnews.ca/news/5192363/despite-


b ud get-cuts-ford-guarantees-legal-a id/".

The anticipated response is due July 16, 2019

Thanks

.J{awnli Yiccajee
Program .'A.na{yst
Jvtinistry of .'Attorney (,Jenera{
j'reeaom of Information & Privacy
'le{:(416) 326-4003

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Apnl 23, 2019

Via Fax 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Fo1d


Prern1er ofOnrat10
Legislative Building
Q1:1c:en'~ P;i.tk
Toronto ON M7A lAl

I am counsel for a young man who has been dcmed legal aid and cannot afford to pnvately h.(re kgal
counsel

My dit:'.nt is charged With property and admm1strat1ve offenct:S that wen~. to a large extent, dnven by
add1cnon issues My c!tenc is hvmg wnh his parents and has noc been able co find work He has not
con1m1tted any new offences and 1s trymg hard to turn his hfe around He wishes to rctam me but
cannot do so (c:ve1) at deeply discounted rati::s) Thi:: Crow•i's m.mal ~entencing position upon
conv1cuon was for a penod of cuscody

I scrongly beheve char all lawyers have an obhgauon co assist mdlv1du·~ls who find themselves m
desperate situations l am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this 6.!e But there arc limits With some more trme and preparation 1 thmk 1t 1s
possible, m dus case, chac a wal and pil umc: can be avoided chrough a iesoluuon of some of rhe
charges This would save scarce JUStlcc system resources and ensure that a fair and JUSt result 1s
ach1i::vi::d Thi~ 1~ the type efficiency your government should welcome Spend a little more on thi::
from end rn avoid even larger COM.Son che back erid Ir is also the type of fauness chac a governmenc
who 1s for the people - all the people~ should encourage

I was very d1~appomtc:d with your gove:i;nrne.nt's ri;cent cuts to Legal A.td Ontario I v1olc:ndy disagree
that these cuts will acrually save money I know chat chey will create unfairness for some of the most
margmall:z.ed Ontarians But I was happy to sec that on Monday you personally guaranteed that
anyoni:: who needed legal aid will ri::ce1ve 1t (htips //globalnews,c,\/news/5 l 9236?/dilP.He-
budger -cu rs-fo rd-lf\1.Han cet1.-lega 1-atd/)

Please li::t mi:: know what informatcon you ni::ed about my client l look forward to speaking
with your offlce and co rhe speedy is~uance of a legal aid ceruficare

Thank-you for your auenaon co rh1s marcet,

~
M1chad Spratt
Partner
04-24-'18 08:58 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-851 P0001/0002 F-182

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spr~tt. CS t (61:;1) 235 9779 x 225 116L1$ga• Street
& PARTNERS aP Part~er f (l)ljl) 235 6317 Suite 200
ollver@agpl Ip ca Ottawa ON
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April 25, 2019

The Hon Dong Ford


llremier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Pr<rk
Tol'onto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

I contaCtt!d your office:! yc:Stt!rday because one of my clients ism nei:d of li:gal counsd and was derued.
legal aid (see anached Lener}

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone nt!ed~ ~uppo:rt on lt!gal Qtd, feel free to call my
office I will guaramee you that you will have legal aid "

So, I called your office but l WM told that a phont: call wa~ not sufficient and I should fox you a
letter Luckily, lawyers are some of the few people who still use fax machmes (I know my clients
don't have: tht!m) I faxed you a lt!tttr I also twt!eted the letter to you and sent the lt!tter to you via
cexc message

I havt! not receJVed any respomt! Can you please let me know when the legal aid cemficatt!, that you
personally guarameed, will be issued> Please lee me know whac furcher mformation you reqmre

When I ntl{t appear m court on this matter I wdl inform the iudge that Wt are wamng for your office
ro issue a cernflcate

Some people have suggested that your guarantee was not sincere and was JUSt political bluster
designed to detta.ct from the tt:ce.ntly announced short-sightt!d cutS to Legal I don't want to beheve
rhat to be che case because a well-funded legal aid sysrem acmally saves Ontario money m rhe long
run and ensures fairness to vulnerable members of society

I thmk economic efficiency and fiurness "fol' the people" were big campaign issues fol' you So, I am
sure your office will contact me soon

.I look forward ro speakmg wuh your office and to rhe speedy issuance of a legal aid cemflcare

Thank-you for your attt!nt1on to this matter,

J Michael Spratt
Cerufied Specialist (Cnmmal Law)
04-24-'19 09:59 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-851 P0002/0002 F-182

AG~
ABERGf.:l. GOl.DSTEIN J fVllthaBI Spf;Ht, C S t C613l 2.:15-9779 x 225 116 L1s9ar Street
& PARTNERS LLI' Partner f C61;il 235 8317 Suite 200
ol1v~r@agpllp ca Ottawa Qt.J
agpllp ca K2P oc2

Apnl23,2019

The Hon Doug Ford


l?tem1er ofOntano
Legislative Bu1ldmg
Qui::en's Park
Toronco ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Al<l Guarantee

l am counsel for a young man who has been denied legal aid and cannot afford tO privately hue legal
coumel

My client ls charged with property and adm1msuauve offences chat were, co a large excenc, driven by
addicuon 1ss1.1es My client l~ l!vmg with his parents and has not been able to find work He has not
committed any new offences and is trymg hard to tntn hi~ Life:: arotmd He wishes to retam me but
cannot do so (even at deeply d1scoumed rates) The Crown's mmal sentencmg posmon upon
convicc1on was for a period of custody

I strongly behi::vt: that all lawyers have an obhgauon to assist md1viduals who find themselves m
despel'ate muanons I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this flle But there are hmm W1ch some more ume and pti::parauon I thmk lt 1s
poss1blt:, in thrs case, that a tnal and 1atl time can be avoided through a resolunon of some of the
charges Tlus would save scarci;: /UStice system resources and ensure that a fatr and JUSt result is
achieved This 1s the type efficiency your government should welcomi;: Spt:nd a httlt: more on the
front end to avoid even larger costs on the back end It 1s also the type of fairness tha.c a government
who is for the people - all tht: people - should encourage

I was very disappointed with your government's recem cuts co Legal Aid Ontario I v1olc;:ndy d1sagre1;:
that these cuts wdl acwally save money I know that they will create unfairness for some of the most
margmahzed Omartans Bue I was happy to set: that on Monday you personally guaranteed that
anyone who needed legal aid will receive 1t (hLws /Jg;lobalnews ca/news/5192363/d~~p!lebndger-wrs­
ford-guar,\iltees-kg,\l-,\1d/)

Please let me know what mfurmanou yoli need about my client I look forward to ~peakmg
With your office: and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certaflcace

Thank-you for your attenuon to chis ma.net,

J Michad SptaH
Certtfied Spcc1al1st (Cmnmal Law)
04-25-'18 10:37 FROM- AGP LLP 6'13-235-8317 T-858 P0001/0003 F-180

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& PARTNERS LLP Partner ' (613) 235 8317 Suitt' 200
ollver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
MPllp ca K2P oc2

Apnl25,2019

Via Fa:x: 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Onca.rio
Legislative Building
Qut;!en·~ Park
Toronto ON M7A !Al

Re Legal Aid Guata.nti::t:

I have sent you two letters because one of my clients was m need of legal counsel but was den!<::d legal
a.id (see auached leuers)

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyom: needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office l will guarnmee you chat you will have legal aid "

I have a number of chents who have been den11::d kgal aid and require legal counsel These clients all
can't afford to hire a lawyer, have no legal trammg, and face the prospect of Jail if convicted

As you likely know, unreprei..ented lmgants rc:present a. huge bll.rden on tht;! legal system - they drive
up costs, burn through court resources, and create delays Unrepresented accused also risk wrongful
convlCt1on.s and rntscarnages of JUSttce

This IS why r was so happy to hear of your personal legal atd guarantee

Ma.ny of my colleagues also know of accu~t;!d tndlVlduals who have bei;:n dt:tued kgal aid They have
been a.slang me what the procedure 1s to have you issue a certificate Unforrnnately, I am a bit unsure
myself' Is there an onlme apphcatton process~ Should we JUSt call you~ Docs an application need to
bl;! u:i. wmmg~ Delivered by fax, ri;:gular mail, or raven> What mfor1nat1on should we send }'O\i> Ate
the quahficauon cnrel'!a the $a.me as rhe Legal A1d's criteria> How qmcldy will you. issue a. certificate>
So, so many qucsnon

I remember shortly after the elecuon you were fond of saymg promises made, promises kepc Please
let me know what I can do to help you keep th1s promise You arc gomg to keep the promise you
made on Monday - right>

I look forward to spcakmg wrth your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your
lt:gal atd prom1St;!

Thank-you for your attention to thrs matter,

-4~ ~ ~
J Michael Spratt
Cerufii;:d Specialist (Crimma.1 Law)
04-25-'18 10:38 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-858 P0002/0003 F-180
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AG~
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& PARTNERS LLP Partner f (61.:1) 235 8.:Sl7 Suite 200
ollver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
Mpllp ca K2~ OC2

Aptil 24, 2019

Via Fax 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontano
Legrslanve Bu1ldm.g
Queen's Park
To.tonto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

1 contacted your office yesterday because one of my clients rs m need oflegal counsel and was denied
legal aid (sec attached letter)

On Monday, you told Global News that "lf anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office I will gtiarantee you that you will have legal aid "

So, I called your office but I was told that a phone call was not sufficient and 1 should fax yo\i a
leccer Luckily, fo,wyero are some of (he few people who wll use fa:ir machines (I know my clients
don't have them) I faxed you a letter I also tweeted the letter to you and sent the letter to you vra
text message

l have not received any response Can you please let me know when the legal aid ccrt1flcatc, that you
per~onally guaranteed, will be issued? Please let me know what further 1nformatton you require

When 1 next appear m court on this matter I will mform the Judge that we arc waitmg for your office
to issue a ceruflcate

Some people have suggesced that your guarancee was nor smcere and was JUSt pohucal bluster
designed to detract from the recently announced short-sighted cuts to Legal Ard I don't want to
behew that to bt: tht: case bt:cause a wi::ll-funded legal atd sy~tt:m actuaJly baves Oncar10 money m rhe
long run and ensures fairness ro vulnerable members of sociecy

I chink economic efficiency and fattness "for the people" wete big camp:ugn issues for you So, I am
sure your office wrll contact me soon

I look forward to spt:akmg with your offici:: and to tht: spet:dy issuance of a legal :ud cemflcare

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

JMichael Spracc
Cerufied Specralrst (Cnmmal Law)
04-25-'19 10:38 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-858 P0003/0003 F-190
L

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, C S t (613) 235 977() x 225 116 L1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Pa(tner f (61;!) 2;3!i 8;317 Suite 200
ol1ver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca l\2P OC:?

Apnl 23, 2019

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Onrnno
Legislative Bu1ldmg
Quei::n 's Park
Toronto ON M7A IAl

I am counsd for a young man who has been demed legal aid and cannot lifford to pr1v1J.cely hll'e legal
counsel

My chi::nt i~ charged wnh property and admcmstrative offoncc::s that were, ~o Ii large ex:rem, <ll'lven by
add1cnon issues My chem 1s hvmg wnh his parenrs and has not been able to flnd work He has not
committed any new offences and ls trying hard to turn his hfe around He wishes to ri::tam roe but
cannot do so (evc::n at deeply d1scounti::d rate) The Crown\ mmlil s<::nrencmg po.smon upon
conviction was for a pcnod of custody

I scron.gly believe chac all lawyers have lin obl1gs.c1on co ass1sc 111d1v1duals who find themselves m
desperate s1tuauons I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I havt:
done that on th1s file But there are hmm, With some mort: timt: and pteparauon l think ic 1s
possible, m chis case, thac a mal and Jail ame can be avoided through a t"esolunon of some of the
charges This would save scarce JUStlce system resources and ensure that a fair and Just result ls
achk:ved This ts the type efficiency your government should wdcomt: Spi::nd a little mote on. che
from en.d ro 1J.vo1d. even. larger costb on che back end Ic is also che cype of fairness thac a government
who rs for the people ~ all the people ~ should encourage

I was very d1s1ippointed WJth your government's recent cuts to Legal Aid Ontario I violendy disagree
rhac chese cuts will accually save money I know char they will create unfairness for some of the most
margmahzed Ontarians But I was happy to see that on Monday you personally guarantt:<::d that
anyone who needed legal aid will receive it (hnps //globalMw~ ca/news/5 l 92'63/desp1cebud~etwcms­
ford-gl1a1 ancees-legal-a1d/)

Pli::ast: let me kMw what mformat1011 you ntt:d about my chtnt 1 look forward to sptaking
wirh yom office and to the speedy issuance of a legal ::\Id ceJ·uflca.re

Thank-you for your atttnt!On tO this matter,

J Michael Sprau
Cemfled Specialist (Cnmmal Law)
04-28-'18 08:12 FROM- AGP LLP 813-235-8317 T-885 P0001/0004 F-188
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AG~
ABER.GEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, CS t (613) 235 9779 x 225 llb L 1~gar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f (613) 2;15 6;:117 Suite 200
oilver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P OC2

Apnl26,'.l019

Via Fax 416-3Z5-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Onrar10
leg1slat1ve Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

n.., Legal Aid Guarantee

On Aptil 22, you told Global News char "If anyoru~ needs wpport on legal aid, feel free to call my office
will guatantc::e you that you will have legal aid " I ha"V~ ht:nt yo\l. three letters because one of my chems lb in
need of legal counsel but was dc::med legal aid {see attached lerrets) I have:: y~t to receive any response

1 have another chem wnh 'CWO cm.ls m June who was demed legal aid The charges he fa~s are not senous
but the Crown says they will seek a p~nod of custody upon conv1ct1on My chem suffc::r~ from addiction
issue, but he is domg better now He has some very serlou~ mental health issues bur has alwayh done his
best to be:: a productive member of soc1ery He is a young father and is working He h'l'es Juht above the
povetry line:: - this fnc::ans he does not qualify for legal aid, hO he will face trial alone He has a good
defence co che charg~ bJJt he will likely be conv1cced, because:: m rc:::tl life David never beats Goharh This
means 1a1l, sepatauon from h1~ farmly, economic hardship, an 1merrqpt1on m add1ct1on and mental healrh
tceatmenr, and an mcteased nsk of rec1div1sm Of course, Omat10 t:rixpayers WJli foot the bill of all of chis

As an aside~ did you know thc::r~ ·~ VJi:tually no mental healch or addiction trc::atmc::nt m your Jails~ Pretty
i.hock.mg, I know•

How can th1~ young man take:: advanrage of your lc::gal aid guarantee~

Ycsrerday che mayor of Ottawa declared a srare of emergency due:: to rmng flood waters and I hear you are
m cow11 If you want to stop by my office for a coffee or a buck-a-beer please let me know I would be
happy co ralk abouc the details of my specific cases and accept the:: legal aid funding you promised I would
also love to show you Oqr t-Ourthouse - the drug crearmem court, lnd1genous people's come, menral
health court, and our plc::a C(Jqrt You can see for yourselfche great work legal ~d funded counsel do co
assist vulnerable people ahd make .sure our comes run efilc1emly

Agam, let me know whac mformat1on you need so legal aid can be issued ro my client Unless yott never
had any mtcntlon of following chtough on yo qr guarantee - but I can'r 1magme you would be so callous
and rn1sleadmg - nghtm

I look forward to speaking with your office to ~Ort out the procedure to follow so you can kec::p your legal
aid promise

Thank-you for your arcenuon to this matter,

J Michael Spratt
Cetttfled Spc::c1ahst (Cnmmal Law)
04-26-'19 09:12 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-865 P0002/0004 F-198

AG~
ABER GEL GOLDSTEIN J MIGhilel Spratt, cs t (613) 2JS Cff7Q x 225 lll, L 1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f C6l3l 2j5 8317 $u1to 200
ollver®MPllP ea Ottawa ON
agpflp ca K2P OC2

Apnl 25, 2019

Via Fa}{ 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Prcm1e1· of Ontario
Legislative Bmldmg
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAI

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

I have st:nt you t\vo leuers because one of my clients was m n1::i::d oflegal counsel but was de111ed Ji::gal
aid (see accached letters)

On Monday, you told Global N1::ws that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office I will guaranttt: you that you will have h:gal aid "

I have a number of clients who have bten denied legal aid and requm~ kgal counsel These cl1ems all
can't afford to hire a lawya, have no legal trammg, and fucc the prospect of Jad 1f conv1ct1::d

As you likely know, unrepresented lmgams represent a huge burden on the legal system - they duve
up costs, burn through court resources, and creare d~lays Unrepresented accused also nsk wrongful
conv1cnon~ and m1scarnages of j\IStlCt:

Tlu~ 1s why I was so happy to hear of your personal li::gal aid guarantee

Many of my colli::agues also know of accused mdiv1duals who have been denied legal aid They have
be..:n asking me what th..: procedure 1s to have yoq •s~ue a ccruficatc Unforcunately, I am a bit unsure
myself.> ls there an onhne .ipphcat1on process? Should we JUSt call you? Does an apphcauon oei::d to
be m wnuog> Delivered by fax, regular mail, or raven? \Xlhat mformat!On should we send you? Are
the quahficauon cmetla the same as the Legal Aid's criteria? How quickly will yon 1ssue a certificate?
So, so many question

l .remember shortly afcer the elect1on you were fond of ~aymg promises made, prorrusi:s kept Please
let me know what I can do ro hdp you keep this promise You are going to keep che promise you
made on Monday - nght?

I look fotward to speaking with your office to sort ouc rhe procedure to follow so you can ke~p your
legal aid promise

Thank-you for your attenuon to this matter,

~
J Michael Sptatt
Ct:rt1fled Specialist (Ctimmal Law)
04-26-'19 09:12 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-865 P0003/0004 F-198

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, C s t !bl') 2~5 9779 x 225 116 L1s9ar Street
& PARTNERS ~Lr Partner f (6U) 2.35 8.317 Suite 200
ollverl!llagpllp ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P OC2

April 24, 2019

Via Fax 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Leg1slatcve Bmldmg
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

I contacted your office yesrnrday beca1:1se Ont: of my clients 1s m need of legal counsel and was demed
legal aid (see am1ch1;:d lt:tter)

On Mond~y, yon told Global News chat "If anyone needs support on legal aid, f~el fret: to call my
office I will guarancee yoo that you will have legal aid "

So, I called your office but I was told char a phone call was not suffic1em and I sho1:1ld fu..x yoti a
lettt:r Luclaly, lawyers are some of the few people who sull use fu machmes (I know my cltems
don'c have tht:m) I faxed you a lerrer I also tweeted the letter co you and sent tht: lt:ttt:r to you via
text message

I have not rec1;:1ved any response Can you plt:ase let me know when the legal aid cett1fkate, that you
personally guaranc~ed, will be 1SSued? Please lee me know what further mformauon you requHi;:

When I next appear m court on chis matter I wdl inform the Judge char we are wa(t1ng for your office
to issue a cerc1flcace

Some peoplt: have suggested thac your guarantee was not smcere and was JUSt pohucal bluster
designed to decract from the recently announced short-sighted cuts to Legal .Aid I don't want to
believe that to be the case because a well-funded legal ard system actually saves Ontario money m the
long run and ensures fairness co vulnerablt: members of sociecy

I thmk economic efficiency and fu1mess "for the people" were btg campaign issues for you So, I am
sure your office wdl contact me soon

I look forward to speakmg with your office and to che speedy 1~suanct: of a legal aid cemflcace

Thank-you for your attenuon to this maccer,

JMichael Spratt
Cemfied Speciah~t (Cnmmal law)
04-26-'18 08:12 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-865 P0004/0004 F-188

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J M1ch~el Spratt, cS t (613> 235 9779 x 225 116 L1~9ar Street
& PARTNERSm P11rtoer f (6131 235 031? Suite 200
olov~r@agpllp ea Ottawa ON
MPllP ca K2P OC2

April 23, 2019

Via Fu 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Ptemi"'t of Ontano
Leg1slat1ve Building
Queen's Park
Tol'omo ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

I am counsel for a young man who has be"'n demed legal aid and cannot afford to pnvately lure legal
CO\.)O~el

My client is charged with properry and admmi~trattv~ offences that were, to a large extent, dnven by
addicnon 1ss4es My client ts llvmg with hrs parems and has nor been abl"' to find work He has not
committed any new offences and IS trymg hard to turn hrs hfe around He wishes to recam me but
cannot do so (even at deeply discoumed rares) The Ctown's lmt1al sentencmg posrtion upon
conv1ct1on was for a peuod of custody

I \ittongly behew that all lawyers have an obligauon co assrsc 1nd1viduah who flnd themselves m
desperate sicuatlons I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this file But rhere are limits With som~ more time and preparation r thmk it is
pos~1ble, m this case, that a tnal and Jail time can be avoided thtough a r~ohmon of some of the
charges This would save scatc;c;; JUStlce system resources and ensure rhat a fuu and JUSt result is
achieved This 1s the type efflc1ency yout government should welcome Spend a little more on rhe
from end to avoid even larger costs on the back end It 1s al~o the type of fairness that a government
who 1s for rhe people - all the people - should encourage

I was very d1sappomted with your governmem's recent cuts to Lt:gal Aid Ontano I v1olently disagree
thar these cues wdl ~tually save money l know that they will creare unfo.1rnes~ for some of the most
margmahzed Ontarians Buc I was happy to see that on Monday you personally guarameed rhat
anyone who ne~dt:d legal aid will receive tt Q.illp~ //global news ca/news/S 192363/de~p1 tebudger.cucs-
ford-gu11anrc;e~-lc;;gab'!id/)

Please kt me know what mformanon you need about my chent I look forward to speakmg
w1rh your office and to th~ speedy issuance of a legal aid cemflcate

Thank-yo1t for your attention to this maccet,

J Michael Spracc
Certified Specialist (Cnnunal Law)
.L~!-Zada, Vera (CAB)

From: Michael Spratt [michael@agpllp.ca)


Sent: May-14-19 4:40 PM~
to: Premier of Ontario jPremier ministre de !'Ontario; doug.ford@pc.ola.org;
caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
Subject: Legal Aid
Attachments: May 14 Legal Aid Letter to Ford.pdf

Categories: Green Category

Please find attached correspondence about Mr. Ford's April 22nd legal aid guarantee.

J. Michael Spratt, Partner

Abergel Goldstein & Partners


Certilied Specialist (Criminal Law)
116 lisgar Street, Suite 200, Ottawa ON, K2P OC2
t: (613) 235-9779 x 231
I: (613) 235-8317
m: (613) 296-2561

michael@aapllp.ca
Twitter: @mspratt

1
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag p I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 14, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAI

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and ten letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 23 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

Today, the Globe & Mail reported that Mr. French, your chief of staff, "took multiple steps to urge
police forces across the province to launch raids on illegal marijuana storefronts." The same article
alleges that, "Mr. French also instructed staff in an e-mail to discuss "concerns," which he did not
detail, about how justices of the peace [ ... ] were treating marijuana-related charges."

The Globe & Mail even quoted a lawyer in the article who called these actions "disturbing" - hey
wait. That lawyer was me!

How about we balance this all out and you can ask Mr. French to call me and let me know how my
clients, who have been denied legal aid, can take advantage of the personal guarantee you made on
April 22. Perhaps Mr. French can direct Legal Aid to make good on your promise?

Look, I am not going to drag a guillotine to Queen's park or anything like that but I will keep
writing until you provide details or come clean about your April legal aid guarantee.

There is an old saying that there is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. But it turns out there is
- your broken promise risks a miscarriage of justice and impacts the most vulnerable people in
Ontario. That's not a good look.

So, give me a call so we can clear this up.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp I Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca l<2P OC2

May 13, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and nine letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 22 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

We all know people who have suffered from addiction, poverty, or mental health issues. Sadly,
politicians have turned to the Criminal Code to deal with these complex social health problems. That
approach has been a catastrophic failure. But, the real tragedy is that most of these poor souls don't
come from privilege and cannot afford treatment or legal counsel. They rely on modest support from
the government to make sure their legal and constitutional rights are protected. The cost is small but
the service we lawyer-types offer can be life changing.

Imagine suffering from addiction and poverty and then having to face the weight of the legal system
- all alone. Can you?

Your legal aid cuts risk depriving these vulnerable people of necessary legal protections - not to
mention the social services good lawyers can provide.

That's why I was happy to hear about your April 22"d guarantee. But I have been disappointed that
since April 22"d you have provided no information about how people who are in need but have been
denied legal aid can contact you?

Simple question: why won't you provide straightforward information about how people who have
been denied legal aid can to take advantage of your personal guarantee?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street L

& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200


oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 10, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and eight letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 19 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

I had two more client denied legal aid today. Both would like a lawyer (me) to assist them and I
am totally willing to take their cases.

I will drive the two-hour round trip to their court dates - to meet with the judge, set trial dates,
and conduct the trial. That is, like, 12 hours of driving. I will even pay for the gas myself
(because legal aid does not cover that). I will review disclosure and prepare the files for trial -
this will probably take about 40 hours - even though I will only be paid for an hour or two of
that work. I will make sure that the cases are not delayed. I will make sure the cases do not delay
other cases. I will make sure the cases don't go off the rails at the last minute - because without a
lawyer that happens a lot.

In short, I will do all that work for at a really really low hourly rate, mostly pro bono, and you
can sleep well at night knowing that a miscarriage of justice is not visited on an innocent people.

Please let me know how these clients should contact you. Because you guaranteed they will have
legal aid. That was 19 days ago.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Llsgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite200
o I ive r@agp I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 9, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and seven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 18 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

Today, in Ottawa, there was another protest against your government's cuts to Legal Aid. Now
don't get me wrong, there is room for a discussion about how the province should deliver legal
services. But there is no room for policies and cuts built on misinformation - especially when
that misinformation comes from the mouth of the Premier.

You said, "If any needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office." But you have not
responded to any inquires. You said, "I will guarantee that you will have legal aid." But you have
done nothing to make good on that guarantee.

I know of many accused who have been denied or don't qualify for legal aid. Your seemingly
empty guarantee and your cuts to legal aid will leave these people without legal counsel. Your
actions risk wrongful convictions. Your actions risk justice system delays and criminal charges
being thrown out of court. Your actions risk injustice. And your cuts don't make financial sense.

So, let's chat. You can tell me how people who need legal aid can access your guarantee and I can
let you know areas where there is an opportunity to modernize our courts and save money.

It's a win-win. Criminal defence lawyers never turn off our phones and we always answer calls
and text messages - so you can call me anytime.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 8, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and six letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Look, sometimes my clients don't answer my letters either. But, I don't take it personally. To be
fair, most of my non-responsive clients live in poverty and don't have stable addresses. Some
have mental health issues. Most have experienced trauma. Poverty, trauma and homelessness can
make timely correspondence difficult.

These are the same people that you have turned your back on. You turned you back them when
yciu cut legal aid. And you continue to turn your back on them by failing to have the decency to
respond to me.

It's time to come clean. It is time to prove details about your guarantee or admit that it was all
just an empty promise.

Sometimes I wonder, if your legal aid promise was nothing but empty words then what other
promises of yours are frauds?

Sometimes I think that maybe you are not really for the people at all?

So, let's clear this all up - just let me know how my clients can contact you, what information
do you require, and how soon after that will you issue a legal aid certificate?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street L

& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200


oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 7, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and five letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Today, hundreds oflawyers protested your government's cuts to legal aid. Why? Because these
front-line advocates know that the poor will suffer under your cuts.

Look, I know it is hard to care about complex legal issues - especially when they only impact
poor and vulnerable Ontarians. Legal aid is not a sexy topic like buck-a-beer, or tail-gaiting, or
higher speed limits - you know, the really important issues. I joke, I joke, those issue are not
important at all compared to wrongful convictions and a crumbling justice system.

Why do you seem to only care about cheap beer and fast cars? Maybe you do actually care about
substantive issues but since you have not responded to my simple requests I am not so sure.

I have many clients who would benefit from your legal aid guarantee - but I am being to think it
was all bluster designed to mislead the public.

Prove me wrong. Give me a call.

And please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 6, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and four letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need oflegal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

I remember running into you in Toronto before the provincial election. You gave me your cell
number and promised to always be accessible if there were any issues I wanted to discuss. Well, I
want to discuss your legal aid promise.

Perhaps you were as serious abour being accessible as you seem to be about your legal aid
guarantee?

There are many impoverished and marginalized accused people in Ontario who, after your
government's cuts to Legal Aid, will be denied the assistance oflegal counsel. These people will
be left to face the full force of the criminal justice system on their own. There will be wrongful
convictions.

But, let me put this in simple terms that even the most heartless tough-on-crime ideologue can
understand. Denial of legal aid to deserving applicants will cost Ontario more money in the long
run. Why don't you care about saving taxpayer money?

Please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2P OC2

May 2, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters
via fax (at your office's request) and three letters via email (because it's 2019) because some
of my clients are in need oflegal counsel but have been denied legal aid {see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

In all seriousness, I am not sure why you have not responded. I would also remind Ms.
Mulroney of Rule 7.2-5 of the Law Society of Ontario Rules of Professional Conduct: "A
lawyer shall answer with reasonable promptness all professional letters and communications
from other legal practitioners that require an answer, and a lawyer shall be punctual in
fulfilling all commitments."

I require an answer on this important issue.

I will be out of the office for the next few days presenting at a Canadian Bar Association
conference in Yellowknife. But, I am told that there is cell service there. So, you can still call
me any time.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to th~s matter,

~
J.
Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 1, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and two letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients are in need
of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response
from you.

Today, I met with a retiree who was charged with a criminal offence. She is on a fixed income and
can't afford to retain counsel. She has no prior involvement in the justice system. She cried in my
office. It was heartbreaking. She has lost everything.

She will also probably be denied legal aid.

But, I will let you in on a secret, I will help her anyway - pro bono - because I am For The People™.
How could I turn my back on her - she is a good person who is now facing the loss of everything
after 65+ years of good behavior. She is up against the state and she is terrified.

This is the type of person who you guaranteed would have legal aid. All they needed to do, you said,
was to call you.

So, how should my client contact you? Right now, she does not have a permanent address, or a cell
phone, or a landline, or a car. She can't receive mail, phone you, send you a fax, or even drive to your
office in Toronto.

So, what should I tell her? The ball is in your court to make good you your guarantee. I am happy to
talk - any time - any place.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 30, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and one letter via email because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response from you.

Is it time to be honest with the public about legal aid. Yesterday, in a statement to the Toronto Star·
Caroline Mulroney blamed the previous Liberal government for spending "more and more money
on legal aid without achieving the results that legal aid's clients or taxpayers should expect. With
renewed accountability at legal aid, every dollar saved on lawyers is a dollar we can invest in public
health care and education, the services that matter most to people."

What results are your government trying to achieve through the funding cuts?

The reality is that your government's cuts to Legal Aid will result in fewer services for vulnerable
populations. Because - let's be real - there isn't $90 million in loose change to be found in the couch
cushions at Legal Aid. There is not $90 million of fat to trim from the bone. There will be service
cuts.

Cuts to Legal Aid do little to solve Ontario's deficit issues, if anything they will end up costing the
system more. But they do guarantee cold and cruel unfairness.

But, I am writing you not about Mulroney's Legal Aid double speak but about YOUR personal
guarantee of legal aid certificates. You have not responded about how to take advantage of your
guarantee. It is almost like you said those things without any intention of following through. I think
there is a word for that?

Please let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street L

& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200


oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 29, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but have been
denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

But maybe you don't check your fax machine - because it is 2019. So, this time I will try email.
I have also cc'ed the Attorney General. I am sure she was in the loop and supportive of your
guarantee.

As you probably know the yearly income cut off for a single Legal Aid applicant is $14,453. This
income level is well below the poverty line. The reality is that impoverished Ontarians, who are
presumed innocent (many of which are actually innocent), are facing serious charges and jail
time but will be denied the assistance of counsel. In an adversarial system, this is a recipe for
disaster. In the simplest terms, it is like a child stepping into a boxing ring to face a heavy weight
champion.

It is simply not a fair fight. Unrepresented litigants also increase court costs and contribute to
court delays. A well-funded legal aid system is not just the fair thing to do but it also makes
economic sense.

I suspect this is why you made your personal guarantee. What I can't understand is why you are
not following through on it?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep
your legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street L

& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200


o I iver@ag p 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2P OC2

April 26, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office. I
will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you three letters because one of my clients is in
need of legal counsel but was denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

I have another client with two trials in June who was denied legal aid. The charges he faces are not serious
but the Crown says they will seek a period of custody upon conviction. My client suffers from addiction
issue, but he is doing better now. He has some very serious mental health issues but has always done his
best to be a productive member of society. He is a young father and is working. He lives just above the
poverty line - this means he does not qualify for legal aid, so he will face trial alone. He has a good
defence to the charges but he will likely be convicted, because in real life David never beats Goliath. This
means jail, separation from his family, economic hardship, an interruption in addiction and mental health
treatment, and an increased risk of recidivism. Of course, Ontario taxpayers will foot the bill of all of this.

As an aside - did you know there is virtually no mental health or addiction treatment in your jails? Pretty
shocking, I know!

How can this young man take advantage of your legal aid guarantee?

Yesterday the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency due to rising flood waters and I hear you are
in town. If you want to stop by my office for a coffee or a buck-a-beer please let me know. I would be
happy to talk about the details of my specific cases and accept the legal aid funding you promised. I would
also love to show you our courthouse - the drug treatment court, indigenous people's court, mental
health court, and our plea court. You can see for yourself the great work legal aid funded counsel do to
assist vulnerable people and make sure our courts run efficiently.

Again, let me know what information you need so legal aid can be issued to my client. Unless you never
had any intention of following through on your guarantee - but I can't imagine you would be so callous
and misleading - right?!?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your legal
aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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April 25, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7 A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I have sent you two letters because one of my clients was in need of legal counsel but was denied legal
aid (see attached letters).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

I have a number of clients who have been denied legal aid and require legal counsel. These clients all
can't afford to hire a lawyer, have no legal training, and face the prospect of jail if convicted.

As you likely know, unrepresented litigants represent a huge burden on the legal system - they drive
up costs, burn through court resources, and create delays. Unrepresented accused also risk wrongful
convictions and miscarriages of justice.

This is why I was so happy to hear of your personal legal aid guarantee.

Many of my colleagues also know of accused individuals who have been denied legal aid. They have
been asking me what the procedure is to have you issue a certificate. Unfortunately, I am a bit unsure
myself? Is there an online application process? Should we just call you? Does an application need to
be in writing? Delivered by fax, regular mail, or raven? What information should we send you? Are
the qualification criteria the same as the Legal Aid's criteria? How quickly will you issue a certificate?
So, so many question.

I remember shortly after the election you were fond of saying: promises made, promises kept. Please
let me know what I can do to help you keep this promise. You are going to keep the promise you
made on Monday - right?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your
legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

April 24, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7 A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I contacted your office yesterday because one of my clients is in need of legal counsel and was denied
legal aid (see attached letter).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

So, I called your office but I was told that a phone call was not sufficient and I should fax you a
letter. Luckily, lawyers are some of the few people who still use fax machines (I know my clients
don't have them). I faxed you a letter. I also tweeted the letter to you and sent the letter to you via
text message.

I have not received any response. Can you please let me know when the legal aid certificate, that you
personally guaranteed, will be issued? Please let me know what further information you require.

When I next appear in court on this matter I will inform the judge that we are waiting for your office
to issue a certificate.

Some people have suggested that your guarantee was not sincere and was just political bluster
designed to detract from the recently announced short-sighted cuts to Legal Aid. I don't want to
believe that to be the case because a well-funded legal aid system actually saves Ontario money in the
long run and ensures fairness to vulnerable members of society.

I think economic efficiency and fairness "for the people" were big campaign issues for you. So, I am
sure your office will contact me soon.

I look forward to speaking with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street L

& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200


ol iver@agplIp.ca Ottawa ON
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April 23, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I am counsel for a young man who has been denied legal aid and cannot afford to privately hire legal
counsel.

My client is charged with property and administrative offences that were, to a large extent, driven by
addiction issues. My client is living with his parents and has not been able to find work. He has not
committed any new offences and is trying hard to turn his life around. He wishes to retain me but
cannot do so (even at deeply discounted rates). The Crown's initial sentencing position upon
conviction was for a period of custody.

I strongly believe that all lawyers have an obligation to assist individuals who find themselves in
desperate situations. I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this file. But there are limits. With some more time and preparation I think it is
possible, in this case, that a trial and jail time can be avoided through a resolution of some of the
charges. This would save scarce justice system resources and ensure that a fair and just result is
achieved. This is the type efficiency your government should welcome. Spend a little more on the
front end to avoid even larger costs on the back end. It is also the type of fairness that a government
who is for the people - all the people - should encourage.

I was very disappointed with your government's recent cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. I violently disagree
that these cuts will actually save money. I know that they will create unfairness for some of the most
marginalized Ontarians. But I was happy to see that on Monday you personally guaranteed that
anyone who needed legal aid will receive it (https://globalnews.ca/news/5192363/despitebudget-cuts-
ford-guarantees-legal-aid/).

Please let me know what information you need about my client. I look forward to speaking
with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
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From: Michael Spratt [michael@agpllp.ca]


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. Sent: May-15-19 7:05 PM
To: doug.ford@pc.ola.org; Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario;
caroline.mulroney@pc.ol~.org
Subject: Mr. Ford's legal aid guarantee
Attachments: May 15 Legal Aid Letter to Ford.pdf

Categories: Green Category

Please find attached today's letter inquiring how to access the Premier's legal aid guarantee.

J. Michael Spratt, Partner

Abergel Goldstein & Partners


Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 200, Ottawa ON, K2P OC2
I: (613) 235-9779 x 231
I: (613) 235-8317
m: (613) 296-2561

michael@agpllp.ca
Twiller: @mspratt

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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag p 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
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May 15, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and eleven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused
people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 24 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

I read that hundreds of people booed you at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics on
Tuesday night. That must have been rough. But the thing is, reputations can quickly change in
politics. I mean look at the Mother of Dragons - Daenerys Targaryen. She went from breaker-of-
chains to war criminal in one short episode.

Question: was the personal legal aid guarantee that you made on April 22"d the real deal or was it a
blatant falsehood? If you were serious then give me a call and let me know how my clients who have
been denied legal aid - there are many of them - can take advantage of your guarantee.

If you misunderstood what the words "guarantee" or "have" or "legal aid" mean - that's cool too. I
am sure the small folk will be forgiving, if you fess up. I am sure there will be no red wedding over
this.

But seriously, there are so many people who are struggling to get by, who can't afford a lawyer, who
are facing prosecution, who have been denied legal aid, and who need your help. Help me, help you,
help them.

And if you don't care about the small folk, I'm sure you care about the bottom line. Access to legal
counsel at reduced legal aid rate, actually saves the province money. Give me a call and I will tell you
all about it.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 14, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and ten letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 23 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

Today, the Globe & Mail reported that Mr. French, your chief of staff, "took multiple steps to urge
police forces across the province to launch raids on illegal marijuana storefronts." The same article
alleges that, "Mr. French also instructed staff in an e-mail to discuss "concerns," which he did not
detail, about how justices of the peace[ ... ] were treating marijuana-related charges."

The Globe & Mail even quoted a lawyer in the article who called these actions "disturbing" - hey
wait. That lawyer was me!

How about we balance this all out and you can ask Mr. French to call me and let me know how my
clients, who have been denied legal aid, can take advantage of the personal guarantee you made on
April 22. Perhaps Mr. French can direct Legal Aid to make good on your promise?

Look, I am not going to drag a guillotine to Queen's park or anything like that but I will keep
writing until you provide details or come clean about your April legal aid guarantee.

There is an old saying that there is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. But it turns out there is
- your broken promise risks a miscarriage of justice and impacts the most vulnerable people in
Ontario. That's not a good look.

So, give me a call so we can clear this up.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 13, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and nine letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 22 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

We all know people who have suffered from addiction, poverty, or mental health issues. Sadly,
politicians have turned to the Criminal Code to deal with these complex social health problems. That
approach has been a catastrophic failure. But, the real tragedy is that most of these poor souls don't
come from privilege and cannot afford treatment or legal counsel. They rely on modest support from
the government to make sure their legal and constitutional rights are protected. The cost is small but
the service we lawyer-types offer can be life changing.

Imagine suffering from addiction and poverty and then having to face the weight of the legal system
- all alone. Can you?

Your legal aid cuts risk depriving these vulnerable people of necessary legal protections - not to
mention the social services good lawyers can provide.

That's why I was happy to hear about your April 22nd guarantee. But I have been disappointed that
since April 22"d you have provided no information about how people who are in need but have been
denied legal aid can contact you?

Simple question: why won't you provide straightforward information about how people who have
been denied legal aid can to take advantage of your personal guarantee?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 10, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and eight letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 19 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

I had two more client denied legal aid today. Both would like a lawyer (me) to assist them and I
am totally willing to take their cases.

I will drive the two-hour round trip to their court dates - to meet with the judge, set trial dates,
and conduct the trial. That is, like, 12 hours of driving. I will even pay for the gas myself
(because legal aid does not cover that). I will review disclosure and prepare the files for trial -
this will probably take about 40 hours - even though I will only be paid for an hour or two of
that work. I will make sure that the cases are not delayed. I will make sure the cases do not delay
other cases. I will make sure the cases don't go off the rails at the last minute - because without a
lawyer that happens a lot.

In short, I will do all that work for at a really really low hourly rate, mostly pro bono, and you
can sleep well at night knowing that a miscarriage of justice is not visited on an innocent people.

Please let me know how these clients should contact you. Because you guaranteed they will have
legal aid. That was 19 days ago.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 9, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and seven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 18 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

Today, in Ottawa, there was another protest against your government's cuts to Legal Aid. Now
don't get me wrong, there is room for a discussion about how the province should deliver legal
services. But there is no room for policies and cuts built on misinformation - especially when
that misinformation comes from the mouth of the Premier.

You said, "If any needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office." But you have not
responded to any inquires. You said, "I will guarantee that you will have legal aid." But you have
done nothing to make good on that guarantee.

I know of many accused who have been denied or don't qualify for legal aid. Your seemingly
empty guarantee and your cuts to legal aid will leave these people without legal counsel. Your
actions risk wrongful convictions. Your actions risk justice system delays and criminal charges
being thrown out of court. Your actions risk injustice. And your cuts don't make financial sense.

So, let's chat. You can tell me how people who need legal aid can access your guarantee and I can
let you know areas where there is an opportunity to modernize our courts and save money.

It's a win-win. Criminal defence lawyers never turn off our phones and we always answer calls
and text messages - so you can call me anytime.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Llsgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca i(2P OC2

May 8, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and six letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Look, sometimes my clients don't answer my letters either. But, I don't take it personally. To be
fair, most of my non-responsive clients live in poverty and don't have stable addresses. Some
have mental health issues. Most have experienced trauma. Poverty, trauma and homelessness can
make timely correspondence difficult.

These are the same people that you have turned your back on. You turned you back them when
you cut legal aid. And you continue to turn your back on them by failing to have the decency to
respond to me.

It's time to come clean. It is time to prove details about your guarantee or admit that it was all
just an empty promise.

Sometimes I wonder, if your legal aid promise was nothing but empty words then what other
promises of yours are frauds?

Sometimes I think that maybe you are not really for the people at all?

So, let's clear this all up - just let me know how my clients can contact you, what information
do you require, and how soon after that will you issue a legal aid certificate?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 7, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and five letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Today, hundreds of lawyers protested your government's cuts to legal aid. Why? Because these
front-line advocates know that the poor will suffer under your cuts.

Look, I know it is hard to care about complex legal issues - especially when they only impact
poor and vulnerable Ontarians. Legal aid is not a sexy topic like buck-a-beer, or tail-gaiting, or
higher speed limits - you know, the really important issues. I joke, I joke, those issue are not
important at all compared to wrongful convictions and a crumbling justice system.

Why do you seem to only care about cheap beer and fast cars? Maybe you do actually care about
substantive issues but since you have not responded to my simple requests I am not so sure.

I have many clients who would benefit from your legal aid guarantee - but I am being to think it
was all bluster designed to mislead the public.

Prove me wrong. Give me a call.

And please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag p 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 6, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and four letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

I remember running into you in Toronto before the provincial election. You gave me your cell
number and promised to always be accessible if there were any issues I wanted to discuss. Well, I
want to discuss your legal aid promise.

Perhaps you were as serious about being accessible as you seem to be about your legal aid
guarantee?

There are many impoverished and marginalized accused people in Ontario who, after your
government's cuts to Legal Aid, will be denied the assistance oflegal counsel. These people will
be left to face the full force of the criminal justice system on their own. There will be wrongful
convictions.

But, let me put this in simple terms that even the most heartless tough-on-crime ideologue can
understand. Denial of legal aid to deserving applicants will cost Ontario more money in the long
run. Why don't you care about saving taxpayer money?

Please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May2, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters
via fax (at your office's request) and three letters via email (because it's 2019) because some
of my clients are in need oflegal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

In all seriousness, I am not sure why you have not responded. I would also remind Ms.
Mulroney of Rule 7 .2-5 of the Law Society of Ontario Rules of Professional Conduct: "A
lawyer shall answer with reasonable promptness all professional letters and communications
from other legal practitioners that require an answer, and a lawyer shall be punctual in
fulfilling all commitments."

I require an answer on this important issue.

I will be out of the office for the next few days presenting at a Canadian Bar Association
conference in Yellowknife. But, I am told that there is cell service there. So, you can still call
me any time.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2 P OC2

May 1, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and two letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients are in need
of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response
from you.

Today, I met with a retiree who was charged with a criminal offence. She is on a fixed income and
can't afford to retain counsel. She has no prior involvement in the justice system. She cried in my
office. It was heartbreaking. She has lost everything.

She will also probably be denied legal aid.

But, I will let you in on a secret, I will help her anyway - pro bono - because I am For The People™.
How could I turn my back on her - she is a good person who is now facing the loss of everything
afrer 65+ years of good behavior. She is up against the state and she is terrified.

This is the type of person who you guaranteed would have legal aid. All they needed to do, you said,
was to call you.

So, how should my client contact you? Right now, she does not have a permanent address, or a cell
phone, or a landline, or a car. She can't receive mail, phone you, send you a fax, or even drive to your
office in Toronto.

So, what should I tell her? The ball is in your court to make good you your guarantee. I am happy to
talk - any time - any place.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L Jsgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
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April 30, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A IAI

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and one letter via email because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response from you.

Is it time to be honest with the public about legal aid. Yesterday, in a statement to the Toronto Star
Caroline Mulroney blamed the previous Liberal government for spending "more and more money
on legal aid without achieving the results that legal aid's clients or taxpayers should expect. With
renewed accountability at legal aid, every dollar saved on lawyers is a dollar we can invest in public
health care and education, the services that matter most to people."

What results are your government trying to achieve through the funding cuts?

The reality is that your government's cuts to Legal Aid will result in fewer services for vulnerable
populations. Because - let's be real - there isn't $90 million in loose change to be found in the couch
cushions at Legal Aid. There is not $90 million of fat to trim from the bone. There will be service
cuts.

Cuts to Legal Aid do little to solve Ontario's deficit issues, if anything they will end up costing the
system more. But they do guarantee cold and cruel unfairness. .

But, I am writing you not about Mulroney's Legal Aid double speak but about YOUR personal
guarantee of legal aid certificates. You have not responded about how to take advantage of your
guarantee. It is almost like you said those things without any intention of following through. I think
there is a word for that?

Please let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
~BERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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April 29, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but have been
denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

But maybe you don't check your fax machine - because it is 2019. So, this time I will try email.
I have also cc'ed the Attorney General. I am sure she was in the loop and supportive of your
guarantee.

As you probably know the yearly income cut off for a single Legal Aid applicant is $14,453. This
income level is well below the poverty line. The reality is that impoverished Ontarians, who are
presumed innocent (many of which are actually innocent), are facing serious charges and jail
time but will be denied the assistance of counsel. In an adversarial system, this is a recipe for
disaster. In the simplest terms, it is like a child stepping into a boxing ring to face a heavy weight
champion.

It is simply not a fair fight. Unrepresented litigants also increase court costs and contribute to
court delays. A well-funded legal aid system is not just the fair thing to do but it also makes
economic sense.

I suspect this is why you made your personal guarantee. What I can't understand is why you are
not following through on it?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep
your legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

April 26, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office. I
will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you three letters because one of my clients is in
need of legal counsel but was denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

I have another client with two trials in June who was denied legal aid. The charges he faces are not serious
but the Crown says they will seek a period of custody upon conviction. My client suffers from addiction
issue, but he is doing better now. He has some very serious mental health issues but has always done his
best to be a productive member of society. He is a young father and is working. He lives just above the
poverty line - this means he does not qualify for legal aid, so he will face trial alone. He has a good
defence to the charges but he will likely be convicted, because in real life David never beats Goliath. This
means jail, separation from his family, economic hardship, an interruption in addiction and mental health
treatment, and an increased risk of recidivism. Of course, Ontario taxpayers will foot the bill of all of this.

As an aside - did you know there is virtually no mental health or addiction treatment in your jails? Pretty
shocking, I know!

How can this young man take advantage of your legal aid guarantee?

Yesterday the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency due to rising flood waters and I hear you are
in town. If you want to stop by my office for a coffee or a buck-a-beer please let me know. I would be
happy to talk about the details of my specific cases and accept the legal aid funding you promised. I would
also love to show you our courthouse - the drug treatment court, indigenous people's court, mental
health court, and our plea court. You can see for yourself the great work legal aid funded counsel do to
assist vulnerable people and make sure our courts run efficiently.

Again, let me know what information you need so legal aid can be issued to my client. Unless you never
had any intention of following through on your guarantee - but I can't imagine you would be so callous
and misleading - right?!?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your legal
aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@ag pl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 25, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I have sent you two letters because one of my clients was in need of legal counsel but was denied legal
aid (see attached letters).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

I have a number of clients who have been denied legal aid and require legal counsel. These clients all
can't afford to hire a lawyer, have no legal training, and face the prospect of jail if convicted.

As you likely know, unrepresented litigants represent a huge burden on the legal system - they drive
up costs, burn through court resources, and create delays. Unrepresented accused also risk wrongful
convictions and miscarriages of justice.

This is why I was so happy to hear of your personal legal aid guarantee.

Many of my colleagues also know of accused individuals who have been denied legal aid. They have
been asking me what the procedure is to have you issue a certificate. Unfortunately, I am a bit unsure
myself? Is there an online application process? Should we just call you? Does an application need to
be in writing? Delivered by fax, regular mail, or raven? What information should we send you? Are
the qualification criteria the same as the Legal Aid's criteria? How quickly will you issue a certificate?
So, so many question.

I remember shortly after the election you were fond of saying: promises made, promises kept. Please
let me know what I can do to help you keep this promise. You are going to keep the promise you
made on Monday - right?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your
legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca l<2P OC2

April 24, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I contacted your office yesterday because one of my clients is in need of legal counsel and was denied
legal aid (see attached letter).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

So, I called your office but I was told that a phone call was not sufficient and I should fax you a
letter. Luckily, lawyers are some of the few people who still use fax machines (I know my clients
don't have them). I faxed you a letter. I also tweeted the letter to you and sent the letter to you via
text message.

I have not received any response. Can you please let me know when the legal aid certificate, that you
personally guaranteed, will be issued? Please let me know what further information you require.

When I next appear in court on this matter I will inform the judge that we are waiting for your office
to issue a certificate.

Some people have suggested that your guarantee was not sincere and was just political bluster
designed to detract from the recently announced short-sighted cuts to Legal Aid. I don't want to
believe that to be the case because a well-funded legal aid system actually saves Ontario money in the
long run and ensures fairness to vulnerable members of society.

I think economic efficiency and fairness "for the people" were big campaign issues for you. So, I am
sure your office will contact me soon.

I look fo1ward to speaking with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613l 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street L

& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200


o I iver@agp I Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 23, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I am counsel for a young man who has been denied legal aid and cannot afford to privately hire legal
counsel.

My client is charged with property and administrative offences that were, to a large extent, driven by
addiction issues. My client is living with his parents and has not been able to find work. He has not
committed any new offences and is trying hard to turn his life around. He wishes to retain me but
cannot do so (even at deeply discounted rates). The Crown's initial sentencing position upon
conviction was for a period of custody.

I strongly believe that all lawyers have an obligation to assist individuals who find themselves in
desperate situations. I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this file. But there are limits. With some more time and preparation I think it is
possible, in this case, that a trial and jail time can be avoided through a resolution of some of the
charges. This would save scarce justice system resources and ensure that a fair and just result is
achieved. This is the type efficiency your government should welcome. Spend a little more on the
front end to avoid even larger costs on the back end. It is also the type of fairness that a government
who is for the people - all the people - should encourage.

I was very disappointed with your government's recent cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. I violently disagree
that these cuts will actually save money. I know that they will create unfairness for some of the most
marginalized Ontarians. But I was happy to see that on Monday you personally guaranteed that
anyone who needed legal aid will receive it (https://globalnews.ca/news/5192363/despitebudget-cuts-
ford-guarantees-legal-aid/).

Please let me know what information you need about my client. I look forward to speaking
with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
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AG~
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& PARTNERS LLP Part~~r f (()13) 2;35 8::117 Suite 200
ol1ver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
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May 16, 2019

Via Fll.X 416-325~3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier ofOmar10
legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office I will guarantee you that you will have:: legal :ud " I have ~ent you four letters via fax and twelve
leccers via email because I know of many accused people who are m need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid

I have decided ro fax you rhIS leccer - ro keep thmgs fresh

It ha~ bec::n 25 day~ since you made your lc::gal aid guarantee

A client of mme was informed today that he will be:: demed lc::gal aid Hc:: IS an elderly m:i.n wHh very
sc::rious bre:i.thmg problems :i.nd mobility issues He 1s on oxygen He only has one lung His health ls
not good He is not able to work

My chem was pulled over by che police who demanded a roadside breach test Did you know that the
police don't need any grounds to this? It is a mandatory test My client was not able to blow
sufficient au into the screening device - he was arrc::~ted for refusing to ptov1de a breach sample

He can'r afford to retain a lawyer He did nothmg wrong He did not commit a cnmc But 1f he Is
convicted he wlll face the full weight of the law, mdudmg losmg hcenct: G1vt:n his poor health this
rnean~ he wdl not be able:: to go anywhere He dc::pends on his car for cransporcmon He 1s not able to
walk long distances - because of the whole one lung dung and the oxygen tank he has to carry with
him

I would hke you ro issue a legal aid cemflcate to my chcnt This 1s what you promised on Aprll 22"d

Breakmg promises has real life Impact~ for real hve pc::oplt: This u. why I teach my lads nor ro break
rheu promises I remain hopeful that you will srarr keepmg yours

Thank-you for your attenuon to this matter,

~
J
Michael Spratt
Cemfied Spec1ahsr (Cmnmal Law)
05-18-'19 15:08 FROM- AGP LLP 813-235-8317 T-917 P0002/0017 F-304

AG-~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, C s t <t.1;;> 2;i5 9779 x 225 Hb L1~gar Street
& PARTNERSLLP Partner f (b13l 235 8317 Suite 200
ohver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
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May 15, 20l9

Via Email doug ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontano
Leg1slauve Butldmg, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re legal A.id Guatancee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs suppon on kgal aid, feel free to call my
office r will guarantee you chat you will have legal aid " I have scm you fout letter~ Via fax (at your
offict''5 request) and clev<:n letters v1a email (because 1t'~ 2.019) because I know of many accused
people who are 11) nei:d oflegal counsel but have been demed legal aid

It ha4 bt:en 24 days smce you made your legal :lld guarantee Smee then lt has been nothmg but
cl'!ckecs

I read that hundreds of people booed you ar rhe openmg ct:::remomes of the Special Olympics on
Tuesday mgh:c That must have been rough But the thmg is, repucat1ons can qmcl<ly change m
polltics I mean look at the Mocher of Dragons - Daenerys Targaryen She wenc from breaker-of-
cham~ to war criminal m one short episode

Questwn was the personal legal aid guarame" that you made on Apnl 22•d che real deal or W:ul it a
blatant ful~t:hood~ If you were senous rhen give me a call and lt:t me know how my clients who have
been denied legal a1d- tht:tt: are many of them - can take advamage ofyout guarantee

Ifyo"U m191,:,i1di:tbtood what the words "guarancee" or «have" ot "legal aid" mean - that's cool too I
am sure the small folk wdl bt: forgivmg, if you fess up I am sure che1:e wdl be no rt:d weddmg over
this

Bur senously, rhere a.re so rnany people who are struggling co get by, who can't afford a lawyer, who
are facing prosecuuon, who have been demt:d legal aid, and who need your help Help me, help yo\1,
help them

And if you don't care abouc rhe ~mall folk. I'm sure you care about the bottom lme Acct:s~ to legal
counsel at reduced legal aid rate, actually saves the provmce money Give me a call and I will cell you
all abouc u

Thank-you for your attention to chis maner,

~
J Mrchael Spratt
Certified Specialise (Criminal Law)

cc qa1·ohne mu.lroney@pC ola org


05-18-'19 15:08 FROM- AGP LLP 813-235-8317 T-917 P0003/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J M1&hael Spratt, C S t (613) 235 9779 x 225 116 L 1$91tr Stteel
&PARTNERSm Partner f (61.'.l) 2'5 6;117 s~1te200
ollver@a11pllp ca ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P OC2

May 14, 2019

V1a Email doug ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontano
l.eg1slattve Bmldmg, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A IAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you cold Global News that "If anyorn: needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
offlce I will guacantc:c you that you will have legal aid " I have sem you four letcers via fux (at your
office\ requi;:st) and ten letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are m need oflegal counsel buc have been dt:nit:d legal aid

lr has been 23 days since you. made your legal aid guarantee Smee then it has been nothing but
cnckcts

Today, che Glob!;'&. M,\11 reported that Mr French, your chief of staff, "took multiple steps to urge
police forces across the province to hunch raids on illegal marijuana btorefronts " The same ar~1clt::
allt:gts that, "Mr F1ench also mstructed staff man e,ma1l to discuss "concerns," which he did not
decail, abour how JUSt1ces of th1: peact [ ] wt:re treatmg manJuana-related charges "

The Globe & Mail even quoted a lawyer 111 the amcle who called chese acnons "d1scurb111g" ~hey
wait That lawyer was me'

How about we balance this all out and you can ask Mr French ro call me and lcr me know how my
cl1encs, who have been denitd legal :ud, can tak1: advantage of the personal gua1antce you made on
Apnl 22 Perhaps Mr French can d1recr Legal A1cl. to make good on your promise)

Look, I am not going to drag a gu11lotme to Queen's park or anything hke that but I will keep
wntmg until you provide deca1ls or come dean aboutyou1; Apnl legal aid guarantte

There ib ri.n old saymg that th1:re 1s no greater fraud than a promise not kept :Sut 1t turns out there 1s
- your broken promise rn.ks a m1scatt1age of JUSOCt and impacts the most vulnerable people m
Ontario That's not a good look

So, give me a call so we can clear thLS up

Thank~you for your attention co chis matter,

~Cerufied Spec1ahst (Criminal Law)

cc carolme mulroney@pc ola org


05-16-'18 15:08 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-817 P0004/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, C S t (bl3) 235-9779 x 225 llb l.1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f 161:31 235 run Suite 200
ohver@agpllp ea OLLawa ON
MPllP ca K~P OC2

May 13, 2019

Via Email doug ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Leg1slattve Bmldmg, Queen's Park
Toromo ON M7A lAl

Ri:: Le,gil Aid Guarantee

On Apnl 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, fed free to call my
office I will guarantee you that you w11l have:: kgal aid " I have:: sc::nt you four letters Ylil fax (at your
office's request) and nme lecters via email (because n's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who an.. m need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid

It has been 22 days smce you made your legal aid guarantee Smee then Ir has been norhrng but
Crickets

We all know people who have suffered from addiction, poverty, or mental health issues Sadly,
polmcians have:: tutnc::d to the Cmnmat Code to deal with these complex social health problems That
approach has been a carasrroph1c failure Bur, chi:: real uagedy i~ char mo~t of these:: poor souls doi~'c
come from pnvilege and cannot afford treatment or legal counsel They rely on modest support from
rhe governmem co m3.ke sriri:: their !"'gal and comt1tut1onal nghts are protc::ctc::d The cost 1s small but
the service we lawyer-types offer can be life changmg

Ima.grne s11ffermg from addic:~ion and povc::rty and thc::n havrng to fuce the weight of the legal systc::m
- all alone Can you>

Your legal aid cuts risk deptivmg these:: vulnc::rable people of necessary legal protections - not to
mention the social sel'Vlces good lawye-rs can provide

That's why I was happy to hear about your Apnl 22•a guarantee But I have been d1sappomted that
since April 22•d you have provided no mformauo.l'l about how pc::ople who arc:: 1n netd but have bi;;en
demcd legal aid can contact you>

Simple quesuon why won't you provide straightforward mformation about how people who have::
been dented legal aid can to take advanrage of your personal guaramee>

Thank,you for your actenuon to this matter,

~
J Michael Spracc
Certified Spcc1ahst (Cnmmal Law)

cc carohne mulroncy@pc ola org


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AG~
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& PARTNERS LL~ Partner f (613) 235 831? Su 1l~ 200
ollver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
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May 10, 2019

Vta Email doug ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Prem1i::r of Omano
uglslanve Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

On Apnl 22, you told Global Ni::W1> that ''If anyone needs support on legal aid, fed free to call
my offke Xwill guarantee you that you will have legal aid " l have sent you four letti::t1> via fax
(ar your office's request) and e1ghr leuers via email (bi::causi;: it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who ari:: m need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid

It has been 19 days smce you made your legal aid guarantee Smee then~ crickets

I had two more client de1ued legal aid today Both would like a lawyer (me) to assist them and I
am totally willing to rake rhe1t cast:s

I will dnve the two-hour round mp co rhi::ir court dates - to meet with the Judge, set cnal dates,
and conduct the mal That is, hke, 12 hours of dr1vmg I will even pay for chi:: gID myself
(bi::cami:: li::gal aid does not cover rhar) l will tt:Vtew disclosure and prepare the files for tnal -
this will probably rake abot1t 40 hours - even though I will only be paid for an hour ot two of
that work I will make sure that the cases are noc delayed l will maki:: sure the ca~es do not delay
other cases l will make ~ure the cases don't go off the rails at the last mintne - because wnhout a
lawyer thac happem a lot

In shon, l will do all that work for at a r<!ally really low hourly tact:, mostly pro bono, and you
can sleep well at mglu knowmg chac a m1scarnage of JUStlce 1s not v1s1tcd on an innocent people

Pleasi:: let me know how these clients should contact you Because you guaranteed they will have
legal aid That was 19 days ago

Thank-you for yo~r attention to chi1> matter,

~
J Michael Spratr
Ci::rnfied Specialist {Cnmmal Law)

cc wolmc:: mulroney@pc ala org


05-16-'19 15:09 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-917 P0006/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J M1thael Spratt, C S t C6Ul 2.1S-917'l x 22S l.16 L1sgar Street
& J>ARTN ERS LLP Partner f (61:3) 2}5 8~17 Suite 200
oilver@MPllP ca OtlilWa ON
agpllp ca K2P oc2

May 9, 2019

Via Email doug ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Prcm1et of Omano
teg1slac1v1:: Building, Qu1::en's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Ai<l Gnarantee

On Apul 22, you wld Global News that "If anyoni:: nt:eds suppon on legal aid, fi::el free w call
my offlce I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid " I have sent you four lette~s via fax
(at your office's request) and seven lecters via email (because n's 2019) because r know of many
accused people who are m need of legal counsel but have been demed legal aid

It has been 18 day~ ~met: you made yout l1::gal aid guaranti::t: Smee th1::n - crtckets

Today, m Onawa, rhere was anocher protest agamst youi: government's ctns to Legal Aid Now
don'( gt:t me wrong, there 1~ room for a d1scuss1on about how tht: prov1nci:: should deltvt:r legal
services But there 1s no room for policies and cuts built on mmnformatlon ~ especially when
thar m1smformat1on comes from thi:: mouth of che Premier

You said, "If any needs suppon on legal aid, feel free ro call my office" Bur you have nor
responded to any 1nqu1rcs You said, "I will guarantee that you will have legal aid" But you have
done nothmg to make good on that guarantee

I know of many accused who have been demed or don't quahfy for legal aid Your seemmgly
empty guaranci;:e and your ems to li;:gal aid w11l ltave these people w1thout li;:gal counsd Yonr
actions nsk wrongful conv1ct1ons Your actions nsk JUStlce system delays and cnmmal charges
being thrown om: of court Your acuon~ rn.k tnJmttc1:: And your Cut1> don'c makt: financial sc::nsi::

So, let's char You can i:ell me how people who ni::ed legal atd can access your guarantee and! can
ll:'t you know arc::as whert: tht:rt: ts an opportumty to modermze our courti. and sa\>e money

h's a wm-wrn Cummal defence lawyers n1::ver turn off our phoni::~ and Wt: always an1>wer calb
and text messages ~ so you can call me anyume

Thank-you for your attcntron to this matter,

~
J Michael Spratt
Cemfied SpecrnJm (Crnrnnal Law)

cc carohnc mulroney@pc ola org


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AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J M1ch~~I Spratt, CS t (61.:ll 235 9779 x n5 ll6 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS m Partner f (bl3l 235 8317 Suite 200
oliver®MPllP ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P OC2

May 8, 2019

Via Email doug ford@pc ola Qrg

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Leg1slauve Bu1lding, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guatantee

On Apnl 22, you wld Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal ald, feel free w call
my office I will guarantee: you rhar yo1.1- Wlll have l1::gal aid " I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and six Jene.ts v1a email (because it's 2019) because some of my chenrs
are Ill need of legal counsel but have been demed legal aid (sei;: attached li;:tters)

I have yet to recewe any r1::sponse from you, your office, or Ms Mulroney

Look, sometimes my clients don't answ1::r rny letters either But, I don't take u personally To be
fair, most of my non-responsive cLents hve m poverty and don'r have stable addre~~es Some
hav1:: mental health issues Mosr have expet1enced trauma Poverty, trauma and homelessness can
make timely correspon.dence difficult

These are the same people rhat you have turned your back on You turnc:d you back them when
you cm legal aid And you contmue to turn your back on them by fa1ltng to have the decency to
tespond to me

It'~ tune to come clean It 1s ume ro prove deca1ls about your guarantee or admit that 1t was all
JUSt an empry prom1~e

Sometimes I wonder, ~fyour legal aid promise was nothmg but empry words rhen what otht't
promises of yours are frauds?

Somenmes I tlunk that maybe you are not really for the people at alP

So, let's clear this all u.p - JUSt let me know how my clients can contact you, what informat10n
do you require, and how soon s.ftet that will you issue a legal aid ccmflcate?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Ci:unrnal Law)

cc carolme mulronc:y@pc ala org


05-18-'18 15:08 FROM- AGP LLP 813-235-8317 T-817 POOOS/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J M1ch11.el Spratt, C S t (61!1) ;!35 9779 x 225 116 L 1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f (613) 235 ll317 Suite 200
ohver®agpl Ip ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P oc2

May7, 2019

Via Fax doug ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Prcnuer of Ontatto
Leg1~\at1vc Bu1ldmg, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal A.id Guarantee

On Apnl 2:2., you told Global News that ''If anyone nc:ccL. :.uppott on legal aid, feel free to call
my office I will guarantee yon that you will have legal aid " I have sent you four letters via fux
(at your office's iequc:sr) and five letters via email (because it's 2019) bc:cause some of my clients
are ln need of legal counsel but have been de1:11t:d legal aid (see attached. letters)

l have yec co rece!Ve any response from you, yout office, or Ms Mulroney

Today, hundreds oflawyers protested your government's cuts ro lc:gal aid Why> Because these
fronc-lme advocates know that the poor will suffer under your cuts

Look, r know It JS hard to care about complex legal lS~Ue:. - especially when they only impact
poor and vulnerable Onnrnam Legal aid 1s not a sexy topic hke buck-a-beer, or mil-gaiung, or
higher speed limits -you know, the really 1mponant lSSues I JOke, I JOkc, tho~c Ii.Sue are not
important at all compare<! ro wrongful convictions and a crumblmg JUStlce system

Why do you seem to only care about cheap beet and fast cars~ Maybe you do actt~ally ca.re abom
substantive issues bur smce you have not responded to my simple requests l am not ~o sure

I have many clients who would benefit from your Legal aid guarantee - but I am bcmg to th1nk 1t
was all bfoscei: dei.1gned to mislead the public

Prove me wrong Give rne a call

And please Let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been demed legal aid, should
contact you co take advantage of your legal aid guarantee

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

-~
J Michad Spratt
Certlfled Spec1ahst (Criminal Law)

cc caroltne mulroney@pc ola org


05-16-'19 15:09 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-917 P0009/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spfatt, C S t (6l3l 235 ~779 ~ 22:; 111) L 1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partnor f (613) 2;1:; 6'17 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip ca K2P OC2

May6, 2019

Via Fax .Qgy_g ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Prenuer of Onrario
L..:gislauve Bmldmg, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal A.id Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs suppon on legal aid, fed free to call
my office I will guaramee you thac you will have legal aid " I have sent you four letters v1a fax
(at your office's request) .ind four letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my cliencs
ate m need of legal counsel bur have been d..:ntt:d legal ard (see attached letters)

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, o.t Ms Mulroney

l remember rtmnmg into you m Toronto before the provmcial elecnon You gavt: me your cdl
numb..:r and promised to always be accessible Jf cht:rt: wett: any issues I wanted to discuss Well, I
want to discuss your legal aid promise

Perhaps you were as senous about being accessible as you seem to be about your legal aid
guarantee)

There are many 1mpoven~ht:d and margmahzed accused people m Ontano who, after your
government's cuts to Legal Aid, will be denied the assistance oflegal counsel These people will
be left to face the full for(:e of the ct1minal JUSt!Ce system on then own There will be wrongful
COllVictiom

But, li::c me put this m simple terms that even rhe mosc heanless cough-on-cnme ideologue can
understand Denial of legal aid to d~ervmg applicants will cost Ontano more money m the long
run Why don'c you care about saving taxpayer money)

Please ler me kMw how ,tccused people, who have (or will be) been demed legal aid, should
comacc you to take advantage of your legal aid gUaJ"amee

Thank-you for your attenuon to this matter,

~
J Michael Spratt
Certified Speciahsr (Cr1mmal Law)

cc carolme mulroney@pc ola org


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AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, C S t c&U) 235 9T/9 x 22!> H& L1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f Col3l 235 8317 Suite 200
011ver@119pllp ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P OC2

May 2, 2019

Via Fax illm.g ford@pc ola org


The Hon Doug Ford
Premier of Oncar10
Legislative Buildmg, Quc:m's Park
Toront0 ON M7A IAl

Re. Legal A.id Guarantee

On Apnl 22, you told Global News that "If anyone nc:cds support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office I will guarantee you that you will have: legal aid " I have sent you four letters
via fax (at your office's rc:quest) and three letters via email (because it's 2019) because some
of my clients arc m ncc:d of legal counsel but have been demed legal aid (see auached letrers)

I have yet to receive any respome from you

Bueller? Bueller? Sudler?

In all senousness, I am not sure why you have not responded I would also remmd Ms
Mulronc:y of Rule 7 :2-5 of the Law Society of Onrar10 Rules of Profes~10nal Conduct "A
lawyer shall answer with reasonable prompmess all profess10nal letters and commumcations
from other legal practmoners chat require an answer, and a lawyer shall be: punctual m
fulflllmg all commitm1::nt:. "

I requue an answer on this important issue

I will be out of the office for rhe next few days presenting at a Canadian Bar Association
confertnce m Yellowkmfo But, I am told that there lS cell service there So, you can still call
rne anytime

Plcasc lc:t me know how my cl1encs, who have (or wdl be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J
Michael Spratt
Cemfled Specialise (Cr1mmal Law)

cc carolme mulroney@pc ola org


05-16-'19 15:09 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-917 P0011 /00'17 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J M1chal'!I Spratt, C S t (613) 23S-9//9 x 225 116 L1s9ar $treet
& PARTNERSm Partner f (613) 235-8317 Su1Le 200
ollver@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca l<2P OC:l

May l, 2019

Via Fax doog ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Prt!n'llt!r of Ontano
Legislative Bmldmg, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

On Apnl 22, you told Cloba.1 Newb that "If anyone needs ~upport on lt!gal iHd, feel fret! to call my
office I will guarantee you thar you will have legal aid " I have senr you four leccers via fax (at your
office's reque~t) and cwo letters via email {because it's 2019) because some of my clients arc m need
of legal counsel bur have been dented legal aid (se"' attached letter~) I have yer to receive af).y r~ponse
from you

Today, I mer w1th a remee who was charged wtch a crunmal offence She 1s on a fbred income and
can't afford to rctam counsel She has no pnor involvement m the JUStlce system She cned m my
office It was heattbreakmg She has lost everythmg

She wdl also probably be demed legal aid

'But, I will let you m on a secret, l will help her anyway~ pro bono - because lam For The People™
How could I turn my back on her - she 1s a good person who 1s now facmg the loss of everything
afcer 65+ years of good behavior She is up agatmt the ~tate and she 1s teuifl.ed

This 1~ tht! type of per.son who you guaranteed would have legal aid All they needed to do, you said,
was co call you.

So, how should my client contact you? Right now, she does not have a permanent address, or a cell
phone, or a landltni;:, ot a car She can't receive mail, phone you, send you a fax, or even dnve to your
office rn Toronro

So, what should I tdl her? The ball is ln your court to make good you your guarantee I am happy to
ralk - any Hme - any place

Please let me know how my clients, who have {or will be) been dcmcd legal aid, should contact you

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J Michael Spratt
Cemfled Specialt~t (Cr1mmal Law)

cc carohne m\ilront:y@pc ola org


05-16-'19 15:09 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-917 P0012/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, C S t l6Ul 2.:1!3 9779 x 225 116 L osgar St~eet
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f 1613) 235 0317 Suite 200
ollver@agpJlp ea Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P oc2

April 30, ZO 19

Via Fax dou~ ford@pc ola org

The Hon Dou.g Ford


Premier of Ontano
Lego,la.t1ve Buddmg, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

On Apnl ZZ, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, fi;:el fri::e to call my
office I will guarantee you. that you will have legal aid " I have sent you four letters via fax {ac your
office's request) and one letter via em,;,.i\ because ~ome of my chi::ntS are m need of legal counsel but
have bi::en d1;:mr;:d legal aid (see attached letters) l have yet to receive any response from yo\l.

fo 1t time to be honest with the public abouc legal aid Ye~terday, in a ~tatr;:ment to the Toronto Star
Caroline Mulfonr;:y blamed the previous Liberal government for spending "mote and more money
on legal aid wnhom ach1ev1ng thi;: ri;:sults that legal a1d's clients or taxpayers should expect With
renewed accountabd1ty at legal aid, every dollar saved on lawyers is a dollar we can invest m pubhc
healch care and educQt10n, the St:rvices that matter most to people "

What ri;:sults are your government trymg to achieve chrough rhe fundmg cues~

The reality rs that your governmem's cuts co Lega.l Aid will result m fewer services for vulnerable
populat!Om Because - let's be real • there isn'c $90 mdhon m loose change to bi:: fo\1nd 1n the couch
cushions ar Legal Aid Theri:: ($ not $90 million of fat to tnm from the bone 'There will be service
cuts

Cues co Legal Aid do lmle to solve Ontano's deficit issues, 1f anychmg chey will end up coscmg the
system more Bur they do gt.l.atantee cold and cruel unfa1rm:8S

But, I am wmmg you not about Mulroney's Legal Aid double speak but abou.c YOUR personal
guarantee oflegal a1d cemflcaces You have not rr;:spondi::d about how to take advantage of your
guarantee It rs almost hke you said rhose chmgs wuhom any mcenuon of following throttgh I thmk
chere 1s a word fu. that?

Please let me know how my chenrs, who have been denied legal aid, ~hould contact you

Thank-you for your :mennon to this matter,

J Michael Spratt
Cemfled Specrn.list (Comma! Law)

cc carohne mulroney@pc ola org


05-16-'19 15:10 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-917 P0013/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEI.. GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, C S l (bl.3) 2:J5-9779 x 225 llo L 1sgar Streat
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f (bl.3) 235 8317 Suite 200
ol1vcr@MPllP Cll Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2f' OC2

Apnl29, 2019

Via Fax doug ford@pc ola org

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
L1::g1slauve Bu1ldmg, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Atd Guarantee

On April 22, yoi.i told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free ro call
my office I will guaranct:t: you that you will have legal aid " I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) because some of rny cl1encs are m need oflegal counsel but have been
denied legal aid (st:e attached letters) I have yer to receive any response

But maybe you don't check your fax machine - because it 1s 2019 So, this time l w.tll tty email
I havt: also cc'ed the Attorney General I am sure she was m the loop and suppomv1:: ofyom
guarantee

As you probably know the yearly mcomt: cui: off for a smgle Legal Aid applicant 1s $14,453 This
mcome level 1s well below the poverty lme The reahty is that impoverished Omar1ans1 who are
presumed innocenc (many of which are acrnally mnocem), are faCJng senous charges and Jail
rnne but Will be denied the aSSlStance of COtmsd Jn an adversarial system, rh1s IS a recipe for
disaster Xn the simplest terms, 1c 1s like a child steppmg into a boxmg rmg to face a heavyw1::1ght
champion .

It 1s simply not a fa1t fight Untt:p.tese.nted 11C1gants also mcrease court costs and contnbute to
coun delays A well-funded legal :ud system 1s not JUSt the faII thing to do but 1t also makes
economic sense

I suspect this 1:. why you madt: your personal guarantee What I can't understand. is why you are
not following through on 1t?

I look forward to spc::akmg with your offict: to sort out the procedure w follow so you can lu:ep
your legal aid promise

Thank~you for your attention to this matter,

J M!chacl Spratt
Cernfied Specialise (Crimmal Law)

cc carolme mulroncy@pc ola org


05-16-'19 15:10 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-917 P0014/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael Spratt, G S t (61.:1) 235 9779 x 225 llb L 1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Part~er f (bUl 235 8317 Suite 200
ollver@agpllp ca Ott~wa ON
agpl Ip ca K2P OC:l

Apdl 26, 2019

Via Fax 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier ofOntano
Leg1slauve Bmldmg, Queen's Paik
To1onto ON M7A IAl

Rt: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you wld Global New~ that "If anyone needs suppon on legal aid, feel free to call my office I
will guarantee you chac you will have legal aid " I have sem you chree leucrs because one of my clients 1s m
need of legal counsel but was demed legal aid (see attached letters) I have yet to receive any response

I have another chent with two tnals Jn June who was denied legal llld The charge~ he faces are noc senous
but the Crown says they will seek a period of custody upon conviction My client suffer~ from add1ccwn
issue, but he 1s doing better now He has some very serious memal healch issues but has always done his
best to be a productive member of soc1ery He lb a young father and JS Working He hves JUSt above che
poverty hne - dus means he does not quahfy for legal aid, so he will face tnal alone He has a good
defence to che charges but he w11l l1kely be convicted, because m real hfc David never beats Goliath This
means ia11. separanon from his family, economic hardship, an mterruptlon m add1ct1on and mental health
ueacment, and an mcreased nsk of rec1d1v1sm Of course, Ontano taxpayers will foot the bill of all of this

As an aside - did you know there 1s virtually no mental health or add1ct1on tteatmeJlt m your Jails? Pretty
~hocking, I know'

How can tlus young man takt adv:i.nrage ofym~r legal aid guaranree?

Yesrerday che mayor of Ottawa declared a scare of emergency due ro nsmg flood waters and I hear you are
m town If you want to stop by my officio for :i. coffee or a buck-a-beet please let me know I would be
happy ro talk about rhe derails of my specific cases and accept the legal aid fundmg you promised I would
also love ro show you our courrhouse ~the drug tcearmem courc, mdigenous people's court, mental
healrh courr, and our plea court You can see for you1selfthe great work legal aid funded counsel do to
ass1sr vulnerable people and make sure our courrs run efficiently

Agam, let me know what mformation you need so legal aid can be issued to my d1ent Unless you never
had any mtentton of following through on your guarantee - but I can't Jmagme you wo11ld be so callou~
and mtsleadmg - nghtm

I look foi:ward to speaking vmh your office to son out the procedure to follow ho you can keep your legal
aid promise

Thank-you for your atcennon ro this matter,

111~
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J Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Cnmmal Law)
05-16-' 19 '15:10 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-917 P0015/0017 F-304

AG~
AIU:'.RGEL GOLOSlEIN J M1ch~el Spr~tt. cs t (613) 235 9779 x 225 116 L 1sgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f (bl>) 2)5-8)17 Suit~ 200
ollver@a9p lip ca Ottawa ON
agpllp ca K2P OC2

April 25, 2019

Vta Fax 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Leg1slat1ve Bmldmg
Queen·~ Park
Toronro ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Ald Guarantee

I have sent you two letters because one of my chentS was m need of lt:gal co1.1nsel but was denred legal
aid (~ee atcacht:4 letters)

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs suppor[ on legal aid, feel free w call my
office I wtll guaramee you chat you will have legal aid"

I have a number of clients who have been dtmtd legal atd and require legal counsel These chents all
can't afford to hire a lawyer, have no legal trammg, and face the prospect of jail if convicttd

As you likely know, untepresente4 lmgams represent a huge burden on the legal system - they dnve
up coses, burn rhrough coun resources, and create delays Unrepresented accused also risk wrongful
convictions and m1scarnagcs of JllStlce

This 1s why I was so happy to hear of your personal legal aid guarantee

M;i.ny of my colleagues also kMw of acc1.1sed mdiv1duals who have been demed legal aid They have
been askrng me whar rhe procedure 1s to have you issue a ceruflcate Unfortunately, I am a bit unsurt
myself.' ls there an onlme application process' Should we JUSt call you' Do~ an appllcanon need to
be m wnting? Dd1vered by fax, regular mall, ot raven? What mform::i.c1on should we send you? Are
cht: quahftcanon cmet1a rhe same as che Legal A1d's cmer1a~ How qmckly will you issue a certificate?
So, so many question

I remember shordy after the elecc1on you were fond of saymg promises made, promises kept Pleast
let me know what I can do to help you keep this promise You are gomg to kttp the promise you
made on Monday - nght~

I look forward to speak.mg with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you c;i.n keep your
legal aid promise
05-18-'19 15:10 FROM- AGP LLP 813-235-8317 T-917 P0018/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J Michael SprJtt, C s t £61:3> 235-9779 x 225 116L1$gar Street
& PARTNERS LLI' Partner f (t;.1;3) 2;35-8317 Suite 200
ol1vcr@agpllp ca Ottawa ON
a9p lip ta K2P OC2

April 24, 2019

Via Fax 416-325-3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontano
Leg1slauve Building
Queen's Park
Totonto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

I contacted your office yesterday because one of my clients lS m need of legal counsel and was denied
legal aid (see attached letter)

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs suppott on legal aid, feel free to call my
office I will guanmtee you that you will have legal aid "

So, I called your office but l was told that a phone call wa~ not sufficient and r should fax you a
leccer Ludaly, lawyers ari:: some of rhe few people who mil use fax machmes (I know my cbenrs
don'r have them) I faxed you a letter I also tweeted the letter to you and sem rhe letcer co you via
text message

I have nor received any response Can you please let me know when tht" legal aid cernflcare, rhar you
personally guaranteed, will bi:: 1ssut:d~ Plt:a~e let mi:: kn.ow whac furrher information you reqmre

When I next appear m court on this matter I will mform the judge that we are wamng for your office
to Issue a certificate

Some people have suggested that your guarantee was not smcere and was JUSt poltt1cal bl1.1srer
designed to detract from the recently announced short-sighted cut~ ro Legal Aid I don't want to
believe that to bl:'. the case bi::cause a well-funded legal aid syscem acrually saves Ontano money m the
long tun and ensures fairness to vulnerable members of society

I think economic dtlciency and fauness ''for the people" were big campaign issues for you So, I am
sure your office will comact me soon

I look forward to ~peaktng WAth your office and co che speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J Michael Spratt
Cemfled Spec1al1sc (Criminal Law)
05-16-' 18 15:'10 FROM- AGP LLP 613-235-8317 T-817 P0017/0017 F-304

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J M1cha<1I S1rn.1tt 1 C S t 16l3l 235•9779 x 225 116 l1~9ar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f 16131 2:S5 8317 Suite 200
01ive~@agp11p ca Ottawa ON
M~llP ca K2P OC2

April 23, ZOI9

Via Fax 416-325·3745

The Hon Doug Ford


Premier of Ontano
Leg1slatrve l3uild10g
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re Legal Aid Guarantee

I am counsel for a young man who has been derned legal aid and cannot afford to pnvatdy htre legal
counsel

My client 1s charged with propercy and adm1mscranve offences chat were, to a large extent, dnven by
add1ct1on issues My chent 1s hvmg with his parents and has not been able to find wotk He has not
comrnittc:d any nc:w offc::ncc::s and JS trying hard to t1.:,rn his life around He wishes to recam me but
cannoc do so (even ac deeply d1scoumed rates) The Crown's mmal sentencmg pos1t1on upon
conv1ct1on was for a penod of custody

I strongly believe that all lawyers have an obligation to assist md1v1duals who flnd themsdvCl> lfl
desperate situations I am happy to devote countlt;:.S~ hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done chat on this file Bue there ate 11mm With some more ume and preparation I thmk 1t is
possible, m this case, chat a mal and pil time can be avoided through a resolution of some: of the
charges This would save scarce justice syst<:m resources and ensute that a f;;ur and JUSc resulc is
aclu.,ved This JS rhe cype efficiency your government should welcome Spend a little more on the
front end co avoid even larger costs on the back end lt 1s also the type of fa1rnC$S that a government
who 1s for the people - all the people - should encourage

l was very d1sapp01med with your governmem's i·ecem cuts to Legal A1d Ontano l v10lently disagree
that these cuts will actually save money I know that they will create unfairness for some of the mosc
marginalrz.ed Ontanans But I was happy to sc:e that on Monday you. personally guarameed chac
anyone who needed legal aid will receive it Umps //~;lob\lncws ca/news/5 ! 92?fr3/dc~p1tebudget-wts­
ford-~ua1.mcces·le~ \I- ud/)

Please let me know whar informauon you need about my clienc I look fo1ward co speakmg
with yout office and ro the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate

Thank-you for your awmuon t0 thi~ matter,

J Michael Spratt
Certified Spec1ahst (Cummal Law)
~:,.V;,Zada, Vera (CAB)

From: Michael Spratt [michael@agpllp.ca]


Sent: May-28-19 9:49 PM
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario; doug.ford@pc.ola.org;
caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
Subject: Doug Ford's April 22nd Legal Aid Guarantee
Attachments: May 28 Legal Aid Letter to Ford.pdf

Categories: Green Category

Please find attached c01Tespondence inquiring about Mr. Ford's legal aid guarantee

J. Michael Spratt, Partner

Abergel Goldstein & Partners


Certified Specialisl (Criminal Law)
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 200, Ottawa ON, K2P OC2
t: (613) 235-9779 x 231
I: (613) 235·8317
m: (613) 296-2561

michael@agpllo.ca
Twitter: @mspratt

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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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May 28, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
eighteen letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 37 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not even pretended
to keep it.

Over the last 37 days I have attempted to make the case that a strong legal aid system is important.

You see, in our adversarial system, when an accused is not represented by counsel the chance of a
miscarriage of justice increases. People are induced to plead guilty - even when they are innocent.
People are convicted - even when they have done nothing wrong.

A strong legal aid system also saves the province money - unrepresented litigants are responsible for a
disproportionate drain of scarce court resources.

The argument focusing on justice and fairness has not elicit a response from you.

The argument focusing on fiscal responsibility has not elicited a response from you.

So, let me appeal you your most base and craven political instincts - the populist argument.
According to an Environics Research poll three-quarters of Ontarians are opposed to your cuts to
Legal Aid Ontario and six in ten Ontarians are aware of the funding cuts. I'm no political strategist -
but that does not seem good.

If you don't care about fairness, and if you don't care about finances, maybe you care enough about
your own political skin to make good on your guarantee of legal aid for those that need it.

Call me and we can discuss.

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca l<2P OC2

May 27, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
seventeen letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 36 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today, you said that you were "a government that listens" - do you really? You said this in relation
to your retroactive budget cuts that impacted cities across the province. In your letter to those cities
and towns impacted you said that you, "understand as a former Toronto city councillor that
municipal budgets were set for the year by the time the provincial cuts were announced in the April
budget."

I am glad you listened and I am glad that you reversed the cuts. It was pretty unfair to pull the
funding rug out from under municipalities after their budgets had been set.

Hey, remember how you slashed Legal Aid's funding after they had set their budget. There is no real
difference between the situation that cities and Legal Aid found themselves. Same. Same. So, when
will you reverse your cuts to Legal Aid?

I suppose the one big difference is that when it comes to the Legal Aid cuts the only people impacted
are the poor and marginalized - not privileged big city mayors. But, that should not matter.

If you or your government actually listened maybe you would have responded to one of the 22 letter
I have faxed, emailed, tweeted, or texted you. Maybe you would have actually made good on the legal
aid guarantee you made 36 days ago.

I am waiting for your call and for you to tell me how people who have been denied legal aid can take
advantage of your personal guarantee.

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J·. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
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May 24, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A IAI

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and sixteen
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

It has been 33 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Yesterday, I was a speaker at the launch of a book of essay in honour of Louise Arbour. It was hosted
at BLG's Montreal headquarters - a big fancy corporate law firm. And it was fancy. The law firm
sprawls across several floors in a big downtown office tower. They had firm-branded sparkling water,
fancy artwork, and lavish furnishings. They had firm-monogramed towels in the bathroom. They
even had attendants to open the boardroom doors.

I now know part of the reason why civil lawyers have such expensive hourly fees.

That is not the case with criminal firms. I can assure you we have no fancy bathrooms, chic water, or
personal attendants. We use rough paper towel, Ottawa's best tap water, and we have one assistant
shared between five lawyers.

We keep cost down because we have to. Criminal lawyers don't charge most client high fees. We are
not in this business to get rich. We do what we do because people, many of whom are impoverished,
need help when their lives is on the line.

You made a promise on April 22nd to help these people. Lawyers will not profit from your guaranteed
legal aid certificates. Those certificates will help us keep the lights on so we can help some of the
most marginalized and vulnerable people in our society.

I think it is time you followed through on your guarantee. Call me. Criminal lawyers always answer
correspondence. You should too.

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline. mulroney@pc.ola.org


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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
olive r@agp 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 23, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and fifteen
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

It has been 32 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Let's look at some definitions:

Guarantee /geran'te/
noun: guarantee; plural noun: guarantees; noun: guaranty; plural noun: guaranties

A formal promise or assurance that certain conditions will be fulfilled


synonyms: promise, assurance, word, word of honor, pledge, vow, oath, bond, commitment

Support /sa'port/
verb: support; 3rd person present: supports; past tense: supported; past participle: supported; gerund or
present participle: supporting

Give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.


synonyms: help, aid, assist; contribute to, give a donation to, give money to

I took your April 22"d statement to mean that you promised that people who needed the assistance of
legal aid would receive legal aid. Please let me know if I am mistaken.

My kids sometime play a game called opposite land- where words mean the opposite of their
common meanings. I don't think I have ever seen an elected official play that game - but maybe you
were?

I look forward to receiving an answer about how people denied the support of legal aid can take you
up on your guarantee.

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2 P OC2

May 22, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
fourteen letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel
but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 31 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today, I received a call from an elderly woman charged with a criminal offence. She has no criminal
record. She is charged with common assault. She is presumed to be - and I think she may actually be
- innocent. She is terrified about facing the courts alone. But, she can't afford a lawyer. She receives a
modest pension of about $1,500 a month. After purchasing the necessities of life each month there is
no money left over to cover legal expenses.

I guess she could go without food, or a roof over her head, or heat - but I don't think you would be
so cruel to suggest that.

She was denied legal aid today. What is she supposed to do?

Duty Counsel may help her plead guilty - but that is not much help if she is not guilty. The sad
reality is that people without a lawyer are more likely to be coerced into pleading guilty. And when
they do self-represent in court their trials are longer, more complicated, more expensive and more
likely to result in a miscarriage of justice.

I am going to do what I can to help this client but she is an excellent candidate for your legal aid
guarantee. If this elderly pensioner who has no criminal record is not able to take advantage of your
legal aid promise who is?

It has been over a month since your guarantee. Please let me know how my clients who cannot afford
counsel and are in need of support via legal aid can contact you.

Because that is what yQll promised.

~
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 21, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
thirteen letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid.

It has been 30 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today the Toronto Star reported that three-quarters of Ontarians think you are on the 'wrong track'.
It took the Wynne government years do reach those kinds of numbers. It seems like you really are
committed to doing politics differently.

I have found that one way to gain the approval of people is to follow through on promises you make.
On April 22nd, you promised that people who were denied legal aid could call you and you would
guarantee that they got legal aid. But over the last 30 days you have not followed through.

Let me put this in simple meme-terms that even your millennial staff might understand:

Please give me a call so we can discuss. I am sure we can work this out in a way that does not involve
the complete destruction of Middle Earth

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 17, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

Remember that time you guaranteed that if anyone needed legal aid you would make sure they got
it? All they had to do, you said, was call you?

It seemed like a pretty big promise. Over the last 26 days I have started to doubt if you ever said it.
In retrospect, it seems pretty off-brand for you to guarantee the poor and marginalized legal fairness.
Maybe it was all a fever dream?

Then I remembered, in the year 2019, there are ways to record the spoken word. Turns out, your
promise was indeed memorialized to tape.

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

It has been 26 days since you said that. I have sent you five letters via fax and twelve letters via email
because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal
aid.

In the last 26 days how many legal aid certificates were issued under your guarantee?

I have a sinking feeling the answer is zero.

I think, maybe, just maybe, you were being less than honest?

Give me a call and let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should apply for
your guaranteed legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag pl Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 16, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax and twelve
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

I have decided to fax you this letter - to keep things fresh.

It has been 25 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

A client of mine was informed today that he will be denied legal aid. He is an elderly man with very
serious breathing problems and mobility issues. He is on oxygen. He only has one lung. His health is
not good. He is not able to work.

My client was pulled over by the police who demanded a roadside breath test. Did you know that the
police don't need any grounds to this? It is a mandatory test. My client was not able to blow
sufficient air into the screening device - he was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample.

He can't afford to retain a lawyer. He did nothing wrong. He did not commit a crime. But if he is
convicted he will face the full weight of the law, including losing licence. Given his poor health this
means he will not be able to go anywhere. He depends on his car for transportation. He is not able to
walk long distances - because of the whole one lung thing and the oxygen tank he has to carry with
him.

I would like you to issue a legal aid certificate to my client. This is what you promised on April 22 11d.

Breaking promises has real life impacts for real live people. This is why I teach my kids not to break
their promises. I remain hopeful that you will start keeping yours.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I lver@agp I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca l<2P OC2

May 15, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and eleven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused
people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 24 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

I read that hundreds of people booed you at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics on
Tuesday night. That must have been rough. But the thing is, reputations can quickly change in
politics. I mean look at the Mother of Dragons - Daenerys Targaryen. She went from breaker-of-
chains to war criminal in one short episode.

Question: was the personal legal aid guarantee that you made on April 22"d the real deal or was it a
blatant falsehood? If you were serious then give me a call and let me know how my clients who have
been denied legal aid - there are many of them - can take advantage of your guarantee.

If you misunderstood what the words "guarantee" or "have" or "legal aid" mean - that's cool too. I
am sure the small folk will be forgiving, if you fess up. I am sure there will be no red wedding over
this.

But seriously, there are so many people who are struggling to get by, who can't afford a lawyer, who
are facing prosecution, who have been denied legal aid, and who need your help. Help me, help you,
help them.

And if you don't care about the small folk, I'm sure you care about the bottom line. Access to legal
counsel at reduced legal aid rate, actually saves the province money. Give me a call and I will tell you
all about it.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.
Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2 P OC2

May 14, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have_ sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and ten letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 23 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

Today, the Globe & Mail reported that Mr. French, your chief of staff, "took multiple steps to urge
police forces across the province to launch raids on illegal marijuana storefronts." The same article
alleges that, "Mr. French also instructed staff in an e-mail to discuss "concerns," which he did not
detail, about how justices of the peace [ ... ] were treating marijuana-related charges."

The Globe & Mail even quoted a lawyer in the article who called these actions "disturbing" - hey
wait. That lawyer was me!

How about we balance this all out and you can ask Mr. French to call me and let me know how my
clients, who have been denied legal aid, can take advantage of the personal guarantee you made on
April 22. Perhaps Mr. French can direct Legal Aid to make good on your promise?

Look, I am not going to drag a guillotine to Queen's park or anything like that but I will keep
writing until you provide details or come clean about your April legal aid guarantee.

There is an old saying that there is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. But it turns out there is
- your broken promise risks a miscarriage of justice and impacts the most vulnerable people in
Ontario. That's not a good look.

So, give me a call so we can clear this up.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag pl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 13, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and nine letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 22 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

We all know people who have suffered from addiction, poverty, or mental health issues. Sadly,
politicians have turned to the Criminal Code to deal with these complex social health problems. That
approach has been a catastrophic failure. But, the real tragedy is that most of these poor souls don't
come from privilege and cannot afford treatment or legal counsel. They rely on modest support from
the government to make sure their legal and constitutional rights are protected. The cost is small but
the service we lawyer-types offer can be life changing.

Imagine suffering from addiction and poverty and then having to face the weight of the legal system
- all alone. Can you?

Your legal aid cuts risk depriving these vulnerable people of necessary legal protections - not to
mention the social services good lawyers can provide.

That's why I was happy to hear about your April 22nd guarantee. But I have been disappointed that
since April 22nd you have provided no information about how people who are in need but have been
denied legal aid can contact you?

Simple question: why won't you provide straightforward information about how people who have
been denied legal aid can to take advantage of your personal guarantee?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
}. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

May 10, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and eight letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 19 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

I had two more client denied legal aid today. Both would like a lawyer (me) to assist them and I
am totally willing to take their cases.

I will drive the two-hour round trip to their court dates - to meet with the judge, set trial dates,
and conduct the trial. That is, like, 12 hours of driving. I will even pay for the gas myself
(because legal aid does not cover that). I will review disclosure and prepare the files for trial -
this will probably take about 40 hours - even though I will only be paid for an hour or two of
that work. I will make sure that the cases are not delayed. I will make sure the cases do not delay
other cases. I will make sure the cases don't go off the rails at the last minute - because without a
lawyer that happens a lot.

In short, I will do all that work for at a really really low hourly rate, mostly pro bono, and you
can sleep well at night knowing that a miscarriage of justice is not visited on an innocent people.

Please let me know how these clients should contact you. Because you guaranteed they will have
legal aid. That was 19 days ago.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agp I Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca l<2P OC2

May 9, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and seven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 18 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

Today, in Ottawa, there was another protest against your government's cuts to Legal Aid. Now
don't get me wrong, there is room for a discussion about how the province should deliver legal
services. But there is no room for policies and cuts built on misinformation - especially when
that misinformation comes from the mouth of the Premier.

You said, "If any needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office." But you have not
responded to any inquires. You said, "I will guarantee that you will have legal aid." But you have
done nothing to make good on that guarantee.

I know of many accused who have been denied or don't qualify for legal aid. Your seemingly
empty guarantee and your cuts to legal aid will leave these people without legal counsel. Your
actions risk wrongful convictions. Your actions risk justice system delays and criminal charges
being thrown out of court. Your actions risk injustice. And your cuts don't make financial sense.

So, let's chat. You can tell me how people who need legal aid can access your guarantee and I can
let you know areas where there is an opportunity to modernize our courts and save money.

It's a win-win. Criminal defence lawyers never turn off our phones and we always answer calls
and text messages - so you can call me anytime.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 8, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A IAI

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and six letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Look, sometimes my clients don't answer my letters either. But, I don't take it personally. To be
fair, most of my non-responsive clients live in poverty and don't have stable addresses. Some
have mental health issues. Most have experienced trauma. Poverty, trauma and homelessness can
make timely correspondence difficult.

These are the same people that you have turned your back on. You turned you back them when
you cut legal aid. And you continue to turn your back on them by failing to have the decency to
respond to me.

It's time to come clean. It is time to prove details about your guarantee or admit that it was all
just an empty promise.

Sometimes I wonder, if your legal aid promise was nothing but empty words then what other
promises of yours are frauds?

Sometimes I think that maybe you are not really for the people at all?

So, let's clear this all up - just let me know how my clients can contact you, what information
do you require, and how soon after that will you issue a legal aid certificate?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca l<2P OC2

May 7, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and five letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Today, hundreds oflawyers protested your government's cuts to legal aid. Why? Because these
front-line advocates know that the poor will suffer under your cuts.

Look, I know it is hard to care about complex legal issues - especially when they only impact
poor and vulnerable Ontarians. Legal aid is not a sexy topic like buck-a-beer, or tail-gaiting, or
higher speed limits - you know, the really important issues. I joke, I joke, those issue are not
important at all compared to wrongful convictions and a crumbling justice system.

Why do you seem to only care about cheap beer and fast cars? Maybe you do actually care about
substantive issues but since you have not responded to my simple requests I am not so sure.

I have many clients who would benefit from your legal aid guarantee - but I am being to think it
was all bluster designed to mislead the public.

Prove me wrong. Give me a call.

And please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol lver@ag pl Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca l<2P OC2

May 6, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and four letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

I remember running into you in Toronto before the provincial election. You gave me your cell
number and promised to always be accessible if there were any issues I wanted to discuss. Well, I
want to discuss your legal aid promise.

Perhaps you were as serious about being accessible as you seem to be about your legal aid
guarantee?

There are many impoverished and marginalized accused people in Ontario who,' after your
government's cuts to Legal Aid, will be denied the assistance oflegal counsel. These people will
be left to face the full force of the criminal justice system on their own. There will be wrongful
convictions.

But, let me put this in simple terms that even the most heartless tough-on-crime ideologue can
understand. Denial of legal aid to deserving applicants will cost Ontario more money in the long
run. Why don't you care about saving taxpayer money?

Please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 2, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters
via fax (at your office's request) and three letters via email (because it's 2019) because some
of my clients are in need oflegal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

In all seriousness, I am not sure why you have not responded. I would also remind Ms.
Mulroney of Rule 7.2-5 of the Law Society of Ontario Rules of Professional Conduct: "A
lawyer shall answer with reasonable promptness all professional letters and communications
from other legal practitioners that require an answer, and a lawyer shall be punctual in
fulfilling all commitments."

I require an answer on this important issue.

I will be out of the office for the next few days presenting at a Canadian Bar Association
conference in Yellowknife. But, I am told that there is cell service there. So, you can still call
me any time.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 1, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and two letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients are in need
of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response
from you.

Today, I met with a retiree who was charged with a criminal offence. She is on a fixed income and
can't afford to retain counsel. She has no prior involvement in the justice system. She cried in my
office. It was heartbreaking. She has lost everything.

She will also probably be denied legal aid.

But, I will let you in on a secret, I will help her anyway - pro bona - because I am For The People™.
How could I turn my back on her - she is a good person who is now facing the loss of everything
afrer 65+ years of good behavior. She is up against the state and she is terrified.

This is the type of person who you guaranteed would have legal aid. All they needed to do, you said,
was to call you.

So, how should my client contact you? Right now, she does not have a permanent address, or a cell
phone, or a landline, or a car. She can't receive mail, phone you, send you a fax, or even drive to your
office in Toronto.

So, what should I tell her? The ball is in your court to make good you your guarantee. I am happy to
talk- any time - any place.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 30, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A IAI

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and one letter via email because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response from you.

Is it time to be honest with the public about legal aid. Yesterday, in a statement to the Toronto Star
Caroline Mulroney blamed the previous Liberal government for spending "more and more money
on legal aid without achieving the results that legal aid's clients or taxpayers should expect. With
renewed accountability at legal aid, every dollar saved on lawyers is a dollar we can invest in public
health care and education, the services that matter most to people."

What results are your government trying to achieve through the funding cuts?

The reality is that your government's cuts to Legal Aid will result in fewer services for vulnerable
populations. Because - let's be real - there isn't $90 million in loose change to be found in the couch
cushions at Legal Aid. There is not $90 million of fat to trim from the bone. There will be service
cuts.

Cuts to Legal Aid do little to solve Ontario's deficit issues, if anything they will end up costing the
system more. But they do guarantee cold and cruel unfairness.

But, I am writing you not about Mulroney's Legal Aid double speak but about YOUR personal
guarantee of legal aid certificates. You have not responded about how to take advantage of your
guarantee. It is almost like you said those things without any intention of following through. I think
there is a word for that?

Please let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@ag pl Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 29, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but have been
denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

But maybe you don't check your fax machine - because it is 2019. So, this time I will try email.
I have also cc' ed the Attorney General. I am sure she was in the loop and supportive of your
guarantee.

As you probably know the yearly income cut off for a single Legal Aid applicant is $14,453. This
income level is well below the poverty line. The reality is that impoverished Ontarians, who are
presumed innocent (many of which are actually innocent), are facing serious charges and jail
time but will be denied the assistance of counsel. In an adversarial system, this is a recipe for
disaster. In the simplest terms, it is like a child stepping into a boxing ring to face a heavy weight
champion.

It is simply not a fair fight. Unrepresented litigants also increase court costs and contribute to
court delays. A well-funded legal aid system is not just the fair thing to do but it also makes
economic sense.

I suspect this is why you made your personal guarantee. What I can't understand is why you are
not following through on it?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep
your legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline. m ulroney@pc.ola.org


AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 26, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office. I
will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you three letters because one of my clients is in
need of legal counsel but was denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

I have another client with two trials in June who was denied legal aid. The charges he faces are not serious
but the Crown says they will seek a period of custody upon conviction. My client suffers from addiction
issue, but he is doing better now. He has some very serious mental health issues but has always done his
best to be a productive member of society. He is a young father and is working. He lives just above the
poverty line - this means he does not qualify for legal aid, so he will face trial alone. He has a good
defence to the charges but he will likely be convicted, because in real life David never beats Goliath. This
means jail, separation from his family, economic hardship, an interruption in addiction and mental health
treatment, and an increased risk of recidivism. Of course, Ontario taxpayers will foot the bill of all of this.

As an aside - did you know there is virtually no mental health or addiction treatment in your jails? Pretty
shocking, I know!

How can this young man take advantage of your legal aid guarantee?

Yesterday the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency due to rising flood waters and I hear you are
in town. If you want to stop by my office for a coffee or a buck-a-beer please let me know. I would be
happy to talk about the details of my specific cases and accept the legal aid funding you promised. I would
also love to show you our courthouse - the drug treatment court, indigenous people's court, mental
health court, and our plea court. You can see for yourself the great work legal aid funded counsel do to
assist vulnerable people and make sure our courts run efficiently.

Again, let me know what information you need so legal aid can be issued to my client. Unless you never
had any intention of following through on your guarantee - but I can't imagine you would be so callous
and misleading - right?!?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your legal
aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

] . Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

April 25, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I have sent you two letters because one of my clients was in need of legal counsel but was denied legal
aid (see attached letters).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

I have a number of clients who have been denied legal aid and require legal counsel. These clients all
can't afford to hire a lawyer, have no legal training, and face the prospect of jail if convicted.

As you likely know, unrepresented litigants represent a huge burden on the legal system - they drive
up costs, burn through court resources, and create delays. Unrepresented accused also risk wrongful
convictions and miscarriages of justice.

This is why I was so happy to hear of your personal legal aid guarantee.

Many of my colleagues also know of accused individuals who have been denied legal aid. They have
been asking me what the procedure is to have you issue a certificate. Unfortunately, I am a bit unsure
myself? Is there an online application process? Should we just call you? Does an application need to
be in writing? Delivered by fax, regular mail, or raven? What information should we send you? Are
the qualification criteria the same as the Legal Aid's criteria? How quickly will you issue a certificate?
So, so many question.

I remember shortly after the election you were fond of saying: promises made, promises kept. Please
let me know what I can do to help you keep this promise. You are going to keep the promise you
made on Monday- right?

I look fo1ward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your
legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
/

AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2P OC2

April 24, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I contacted your office yesterday because one of my clients is in need of legal counsel and was denied
legal aid (see attached letter).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

So, I called your office but I was told that a phone call was not sufficient and I should fax you a
letter. Luckily, lawyers are some of the few people who still use fax machines (I know my clients
don't have them). I faxed you a letter. I also tweeted the letter to you and sent the letter to you via
text message.

I have not received any response. Can you please let me know when the legal aid certificate, that you
personally guaranteed, will be issued? Please let me know what further information you require.

When I next appear in court on this matter I will inform the judge that we are waiting for your office
to issue a certificate.

Some people have suggested that your guarantee was not sincere and was just political bluster
designed to detract from the recently announced short-sighted cuts to Legal Aid. I don't want to
believe that to be the case because a well-funded legal aid system actually saves Ontario money in the
long run and ensures fairness to vulnerable members of society.

I think economic efficiency and fairness "for the people" were big campaign issues for you. So, I am
sure your office will contact me soon.

I look forward to speaking with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 23, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I am counsel for a young man who has been denied legal aid and cannot afford to privately hire legal
counsel.

My client is charged with property and administrative offences that were, to a large extent, driven by
addiction issues. My client is living with his parents and has not been able to find work. He has not
committed any new offences and is trying hard to turn his life around. He wishes to retain me but
cannot do so (even at deeply discounted rates). The Crown's initial sentencing position upon
conviction was for a period of custody.

I strongly believe that all lawyers have an obligation to assist individuals who find themselves in
desperate situations. I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this file. But there are limits. With some more time and preparation I think it is
possible, in this case, that a trial and jail time can be avoided through a resolution of some of the
charges. This would save scarce justice system resources and ensure that a fair and just result is
achieved. This is the type efficiency your government should welcome. Spend a little more on the
front end to avoid even larger costs on the back end. It is also the type of fairness that a government
who is for the people - all the people - should encourage.

I was very disappointed with your government's recent cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. I violently disagree
that these cuts will actually save money. I know that they will create unfairness for some of the most
marginalized Ontarians. But I was happy to see that on Monday you personally guaranteed that
anyone who needed legal aid will receive it (https://globalnews.ca/news/5192363/despitebudget-cuts-
ford-guarantees-legal-aid/).

Please let me know what information you need about my client. I look forward to speaking
with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
Cc: JUS-G-MAG-Webmaster[JUS.G.MAG.Webmaster@ontario.ca];
caroli ne. mu lroney@pc.ola.org[ caroli ne. mulroney@pc. ola. org)
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de l'Ontario[Premier@ontario.ca);
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From: Michael Spratt
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Subject: Legal Aid
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June 3 Legal Aid Letter to Ford.pdf

I would say thank-you for your response to my letters about Doug Ford's legal aid
guarantee - but your letter was completely unresponsive. So, here I am, just a guy,
writing a letter, waiting for a real reply.

Please find attached my letter asking how my clients who have been denied legal aid
can take advantage of Mr. Ford's legal aid guarantee.

J. Michael Spratt, Partner

Abergel Goldstein & Partners


Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 200, Ottawa ON, K2P OC2
t: (613) 235-9779 x 231
f: (613) 235-8317
m: (613) 296-2561

michael@agpllp.ca
Twitter: @mspratt
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

June 3, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-three letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 43 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any information
about how people who were denied legal aid can take advantage of your promise.

On Saturday, I did receive an anonymous and unsigned email from the Ministry of the Attorney
General. It was purportedly written on your behalf. And although the letter opens with "I am pleased
to provide a response" - the letter was completely unresponsive to my inquiry.

The letter does call into question the bona fides of your April guarantee. Your letter begins:

As you know, Legal Aid Ontario {LA 0) is responsible for the administration of Ontario's
Legal aid system and operates independently from government. The province recognizes the
importance ofenhancing access to justice for low income Ontarians. Ontario's Legal aid system
helps ensure that Ontarians have access to the legal services they need, regardless oftheir ability
to pay, by issuing certificates to eligible clients, providing duty counsel and through
community legal clinics, among other services. There are, however, gaps in the system,
meaning that many low-income individuals are unable to access legal supports.

Yes, I do know all of this. I am well aware of the gaps in the system. However, your response does
raises a question: if LAO "operates independently from government" how were you able to make a
guarantee that everyone who needs legal aid would get it? Do you intend to personally pay for legal
defenses from your vast Deco Labels fortune? Is the Attorney General going to agree to fund all
defenses in a Rowbotham type arrangement? Or were you making a promise that exceeds your
jurisdiction?

Your letter continues:

Following the Auditor General's 2018 Annual Report, the government has committed to
conducting a comprehensive review of legal aid to ensure that services and supports are
responsive and easy to navigate, and will also Look at ways to create a more integrated and
effective Legal aid system, while eliminating unnecessary duplication and overlap.
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN
& PARTNERS LLP

If the government is in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of legal aid why did you
announce funding cuts before the review was completed? How do funding cuts make LAO more
"responsive and easy to navigate"?

The last substantive part of the letter, if any of it can really be called substantive, reads:

I appreciate your concern about the provision of legal aid in Ontario, and I can assure you
that the government will continue to work with LAO to provide access to justice and effective
legal aid for low income Ontarians.

Fantastic. But that sentiment runs contrary to the deep retroactive funding cuts your government has
announced. It also runs contrary to the boilerplate and unresponsive nature of your reply.

I don't think you do appreciate my concern. And the unresponsive nature of your letter makes me
wonder if you are really interested in providing access to justice for low income Ontarians.

It should also be noted that your legal aid guarantee was not limited to low income Ontarians -you
promised "anyone" who needs legal aid would get it - all they had to do was call you.

I am glad to have confirmation that you have received and reviewed my letters. But your response
does not come close to answering my questions and is completely unsatisfactory.

So, to be clear here are my questions: Why did you make the guarantee you made on April 22? How
can people who were denied legal aid take advantage of your guarantee? What authority do you have
to make such a guarantee? What process is in place to implement your guarantee? And, were you
serious on when you made your legal aid guarantee or was it a fabrication that you had no intention
of acting on.

Over the past 43 days I have detailed the situation of many clients who have been denied legal aid
and require legal counsel. Please let me know how they can take advantage of the explicit promise
you made.

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org

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AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 31, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-two letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 40 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not responded to
any of my inquiries about your promise.

Well, I do receive any autoreply each time that reads:

Thank you far your email. Your thoughts, comments and input are greatly valued.

You can be assured that all emails and letters are carefully read, reviewed and taken into
consideration.

There may be occasions when, given the issues you have raised and the need to address them
effectively, we will forward a copy ofyour correspondence to the appropriate government
official. Accordingly, a response may take several business days.

Thanks again far your email.

I am beginning to lose faith that you "greatly value" my comments. And I am beginning to doubt
that my letters are "carefully read, reviewed, and taken into consideration."

Because if you are not willing to make good on your explicit and public legal aid guarantee - your
private auroreply email is probably a lie too?

I have many clients who have been denied legal aid. Please let me know how they should contact
you.

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f; (613) 235-8317 Suite200
o I iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 30, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-one letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 39 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not responded to
any of my inquiries about your promise.

Today I spoke with a young man who lives in rural Ontario. He doesn't have a criminal record and
is accused of domestic assault. It is a very serious charge. He is, of course presumed innocent, and has
told me that he did not do what is being alleged. He is only employed seasonally and money is tight.
He lives on the margins of poverty. He does not have a post-secondary education and he has no legal
expertise.

He need the assistance of legal counsel. But he was denied legal aid because the Crown is not seeking
jail time - they simply want to band him a criminal and place him on probation with restrictive
conditions. This is a pretty serious sentence for someone who might be innocent.

The sad reality is that innocent people often plead guilty when they don't have a lawyer. A trial is
stressful and a sentence imposed after trial will usually be harsher than the deal offered before trial.
When there is no one in your corner it is tempting to just get things over with even if that mean life
altering and damning consequences.

I am worried this is what is going to happen here.

So, how can the young man I spoke with today take advantage of your legal aid guarantee? I can send
you his information so you can have a certificate issued? Or is it time to finally admit your promise
was a cowardly fabrication?

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: C613l 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite200
o I iver@ag pl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
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May 29, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you flve letters
via fax and twenty letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are
in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 38 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not
responded to any of my inquiries about your promise.

I heard last week you took the time to respond to another concerned citizen who sent you
text. His name was Michael too. It seems you were perturbed about his opinion that your
government was corruption and incompetent.

You left him a voice mail message saying:

"Hey Michael, it's Doug Ford calling. Thanks so much for the message my friend. Uh, you
know something? I love those polls. They make me laugh. But Michael, you got to be very,
very careful when you tell someone that they're corrupt. Very, very, very careful. OK, my
friend? I'll talk to you later."

Quite the reaction.

Slashing funding to Legal Aid, but then guaranteeing that everyone who needs legal aid
would get it, and then taking no action to follow through on the promise, and doing
nothing to respond to inquiries about your guarantee - well that seems a bit corrupt to me.

Will you call me now?

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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May 28, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
eighteen letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 37 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not even pretended
to keep it.

Over the last 37 days I have attempted to make the case that a strong legal aid system is important.

You see, in our adversarial system, when an accused is not represented by counsel the cha11ce of a
miscarriage of justice increases. People are induced to plead guilty- even when they are innocent.
People are convicted - even when they have done nothing wrong.

A strong legal aid system also saves the province money - unrepresented litigants are responsible for a
disproportionate drain of scarce court resources.

The argument focusing on justice and fairness has not elicit a response from you.

The argument focusing on focal responsibility has not elicited a response from you.

So, let me appeal you your most base and craven political instincts - the populist argument.
According to an Environics Research poll three-quarters of Ontarians are opposed to your cuts to
Legal Aid Ontario and six in ten Ontarians are aware of the funding cuts. I'm no political strategist -
but that does not seem good.

If you don't care about fairness, and if you don't care about finances, maybe you care enough about
your own political skin to make good on your guarantee of legal aid for those that need it.

Call me and we can discuss.

~]. Michael Spratt


Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 27, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
seventeen letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 36 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today, you said that you were "a government that listens" - do you really? You said this in relation
to your retroactive budget cuts that impacted cities across the province. In your letter to those cities
and towns impacted you said that you, "understand as a former Toronto city councillor that
municipal budgets were set for the year by the time the provincial cuts were announced in the April
budget."

I am glad you listened and I am glad that you reversed the cuts. It was pretty unfair to pull the
funding rug out from under municipalities after their budgets had been set.

Hey, remember how you slashed Legal Aid's funding after they had set their budget. There is no real
difference between the situation that cities and Legal Aid found themselves. Same. Same. So, when
will you reverse your cuts to Legal Aid?

I suppose the one big difference is that when it comes to the Legal Aid cuts the only people impacted
are the poor and marginalized - not privileged big city mayors. But, that should not matter.

If you or your government actually listened maybe you would have responded one of the 22 letter
to
I have faxed, emailed, tweeted, or texted you. Maybe you would have actually made good on the legal
aid guarantee you made 36 days ago.

I am waiting for your call and for you to tell me how people who have been denied legal aid can take
advantage of your personal guarantee.

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline. mulroney@pc. ola. org


AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ollver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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May 24, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and sixteen
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

It has been 33 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Yesterday, I was a speaker at the launch of a book of essay in honour of Louise Arbour. It was hosted
at BLG's Montreal headquarters - a big fancy corporate law firm. And it was fancy. The law firm
sprawls across several floors in a big downtown office tower. They had firm-branded sparkling water,
fancy artwork, and lavish furnishings. They had firm-monogramed towels in the bathroom. They
even had attendants to open the boardroom doors.

I now know part of the reason why civil lawyers have such expensive hourly fees.

That is not the case with criminal firms. I can assure you we have no fancy bathrooms, chic water, or
personal attendants. We use rough paper towel, Ottawa's best tap water, and we have one assistant
shared between five lawyers.

We keep cost down because we have to. Criminal lawyers don't charge most client high fees. We are
not in this business to get rich. We do what we do because people, many of whom are impoverished,
need help when their lives is on the line.

You made a promise on April 22"d to help these people. Lawyers will not profit from your guaranteed
legal aid certificates. Those certificates will help us keep the lights on so we can help some of the
most marginalized and vulnerable people in our society.

I think it is time you followed through on your guarantee. Call me. Criminal lawyers always answer
correspondence. You should too.

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 23, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and fifteen
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

It has been 32 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Let's look at some definitions:

Guarantee /geran 'tel


noun: guarantee; plural noun: guarantees; noun: guaranty; plural noun: guaranties

A formal promise or assurance that certain conditions will be fulfilled


synonyms: promise, assurance, word, word of honor, pledge, vow, oath, bond, commitment

Support /sa'port/
verb: support; 3rd person present: supports; past tense: supported; past participle: supported; gerund or
present participle: supporting

Give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.


synonyms: help, aid, assist; contribute to, give a donation to, give money to

I took your April 22"d statement to mean that you promised that people who needed the assistance of
legal aid would receive legal aid. Please let me know if I am mistaken.

My kids sometime play a game called opposite land - where words mean the opposite of their
common meanings. I don't think I have ever seen an elected official play that game - but maybe you
were?

I look forward to receiving an answer about how people denied the support of legal aid can take you
up on your guarantee.

~
] . Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

May 22, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
fourteen letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel
but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 31 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today, I received a call from an elderly woman charged with a criminal offence. She has no criminal
record. She is charged with common assault. She is presumed to be - and I think she may actually be
- innocent. She is terrified about facing the courts alone. But, she can't afford a lawyer. She receives a
modest pension of about $1,500 a month. After purchasing the necessities of life each month there is
no money left over to cover legal expenses.

I guess she could go without food, or a roof over her head, or heat - but I don't think you would be
so cruel to suggest that.

She was denied legal aid today. What is she supposed to do?

Duty Counsel may help her plead guilty - but that is not much help if she is not guilty. The sad
reality is that people without a lawyer are more likely to be coerced into pleading guilty. And when
they do self-represent in court their trials are longer, more complicated, more expensive and more
likely to result in a miscarriage of justice.

I am going to do what I can to help this client but she is an excellent candidate for your legal aid
guarantee. If this elderly pensioner who has no criminal record is not able to take advantage of your
legal aid promise who is?

It has been over a month since your guarantee. Please let me know how my clients who cannot afford
counsel and are in need of support via legal aid can contact you.

J. 1i nae! Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 21, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
thirteen letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid.

It has been 30 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today the Toronto Star reported that three-quarters of Ontarians think you are on the 'wrong track'.
It took the Wynne government years do reach those kinds of numbers. It seems like you really are
committed to doing politics differently.

I have found that one way to gain the approval of people is to follow through on promises you make.
On April 22nd, you promised that people who were denied legal aid could call you and you would
guarantee that they got legal aid. But over the last 30 days you have not followed through.

Let me put this in simple meme-terms that even your millennial staff might understand:

Please give me a call so we -can discuss. I am sure we can work this out in a way that does not involve
the complete destruction of Middle Earth

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@ag p 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

May 17, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

Remember that time you guaranteed that if anyone needed legal aid you would make sure they got
it? All they had to do, you said, was call you?

It seemed like a pretty big promise. Over the last 26 days I have started to doubt if you ever said it.
In retrospect, it seems pretty off-brand for you to guarantee the poor and marginalized legal fairness.
Maybe it was all a fever dream?

Then I remembered, in the year 2019, there are ways to record the spoken word. Turns out, your
promise was indeed memorialized to tape.

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

It has been 26 days since you said that. I have sent you five letters via fax and twelve letters via email
because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal
aid.

In the last 26 days how many legal aid certificates were issued under your guarantee?

I have a sinking feeling the answer is zero.

I think, maybe, just maybe, you were being less than honest?

Give me a call and let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should apply for
your guaranteed legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
olive r@ag pl Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 16, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax and twelve
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

I have decided to fax you this letter - to keep things fresh.

It has been 25 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

A client of mine was informed today that he will be denied legal aid. He is an elderly man with very
serious breathing problems and mobility issues. He is on oxygen. He only has one lung. His health is
not good. He is not able to work.

My client was pulled over by the police who demanded a roadside breath test. Did you know that the
police don't need any grounds to this? It is a mandatory test. My client was not able to blow
sufficient air into the screening device - he was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample.

He can't afford to retain a lawyer. He did nothing wrong. He did not commit a crime. But if he is
convicted he will face the full weight of the law, including losing licence. Given his poor health this
means he will not be able to go anywhere. He depends on his car for transportation. He is not able to
walk long distances - because of the whole one lung thing and the oxygen tank he has to carry with
him.

I would like you to issue a legal aid certificate to my client. This is what you promised on April 22"d.

Breaking promises has real life impacts for real live people. This is why I teach my kids not to break
their promises. I remain hopeful that you will start keeping yours.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@ag p I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
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May 15, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and eleven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused
people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 24 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

I read that hundreds of people booed you at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics on
Tuesday night. That must have been rough. But the thing is, reputations can quickly change in
politics. I mean look at the Mother of Dragons - Daenerys Targaryen. She went from breaker-of-
chains to war criminal in one short episode.

Question: was the personal legal aid guarantee that you made on April 22"d the real deal or was it a
blatant falsehood? If you were serious then give me a call and let me know how my clients who have
been denied legal aid - there are many of them - can take advantage of your guarantee.

If you misunderstood what the words "guarantee" or "have" or "legal aid" mean - that's cool too. I
am sure the small folk will be forgiving, if you fess up. I am sure there will be no red wedding over
this.

But seriously, there are so many people who are struggling to get by, who can't afford a lawyer, who
are facing prosecution, who have been denied legal aid, and who need your help. Help me, help you,
help them.

And if you don't care about the small folk, I'm sure you care about the bottom line. Access to legal
counsel at reduced legal aid rate, actually saves the province money. Give me a call and I will tell you
all about it.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.
Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag pl Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 14, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and ten letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 23 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

Today, the Globe & Mail reported that Mr. French, your chief of staff, "took multiple steps to urge
police forces across the province to launch raids on illegal marijuana storefronts." The same article
alleges that, "Mr. French also instructed staff in an e-mail to discuss "concerns," which he did not
detail, about how justices of the peace [ ... ] were treating marijuana-related charges."

The Globe & Mail even quoted a lawyer in the article who called these actions "disturbing" - hey
wait. That lawyer was me!

How about we balance this all out and you can ask Mr. French to call me and let me know how my
clients, who have been denied legal aid, can take advantage of the personal guarantee you made on
April 22. Perhaps Mr. French can direct Legal Aid to make good on your promise?

Look, I am not going to drag a guillotine to Queen's park or anything like that but I will keep
writing until you provide details or come clean about your April legal aid guarantee.

There is an old saying that there is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. But it turns out there is
- your broken promise risks a miscarriage of justice and impacts the most vulnerable people in
Ontario. That's not a good look.

So, give me a call so we can clear this up.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 13, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and nine letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 22 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

We all know people who have suffered from addiction, poverty, or mental health issues. Sadly,
politicians have turned to the Criminal Code to deal with these complex social health problems. That
approach has been a catastrophic failure. But, the real tragedy is that most of these poor souls don't
come from privilege and cannot afford treatment or legal counsel. They rely on modest support from
the government to make sure their legal and constitutional rights are protected. The cost is small but
the service we lawyer-types offer can be life changing.

Imagine suffering from addiction and poverty and then having to face the weight of the legal system
- all alone. Can you?

Your legal aid cuts risk depriving these vulnerable people of necessary legal protections - not to
mention the social services good lawyers can provide.

That's why I was happy to hear about your April 22nd guarantee. But I have been disappointed that
since April 22"d you have provided no information about how people who are in need but have been
denied legal aid can contact you?

Simple question: why won't you provide straightforward information about how people who have
been denied legal aid can to take advantage of your personal guarantee?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 10, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and eight letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 19 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

I had two more client denied legal aid today. Both would like a lawyer (me) to assist them and I
am totally willing to take their cases.

I will drive the two-hour round trip to their court dates - to meet with the judge, set trial dates,
and conduct the trial. That is, like, 12 hours of driving. I will even pay for the gas myself
(because legal aid does not cover that). I will review disclosure and prepare the files for trial -
this will probably take about 40 hours - even though I will only be paid for an hour or two of
that work. I will make sure that the cases are not delayed. I will make sure the cases do not delay
other cases. I will make sure the cases don't go off the rails at the last minute - because without a
lawyer that happens a lot.

In short, I will do all that work for at a really really low hourly rate, mostly pro bono, and you
can sleep well at night knowing that a miscarriage of justice is not visited on an innocent people.

Please let me know how these clients should contact you. Because you guaranteed they will have
legal aid. That was 19 days ago.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 9, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and seven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 18 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

Today, in Ottawa, there was another protest against your government's cuts to Legal Aid. Now
don't get me wrong, there is room for a discussion about how the province should deliver legal
services. But there is no room for policies and cuts built on misinformation - especially when
that misinformation comes from the mouth of the Premier.

You said, "If any needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office." But you have not
responded to any inquires. You said, "I will guarantee that you will have legal aid." But you have
done nothing to make good on that guarantee.

I know of many accused who have been denied or don't qualify for legal aid. Your seemingly
empty guarantee and your cuts to legal aid will leave these people without legal counsel. Your
actions risk wrongful convictions. Your actions risk justice system delays and criminal charges
being thrown out of court. Your actions risk injustice. And your cuts don't make financial sense.

So, let's chat. You can tell me how people who need legal aid can access your guarantee and I can
let you know areas where there is an opportunity to modernize our courts and save money.

It's a win-win. Criminal defence lawyers never turn off our phones and we always answer calls
and text messages - so you can call me anytime.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
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May 8, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and six letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Look, sometimes my clients don't answer my letters either. But, I don't take it personally. To be
fair, most of my non-responsive clients live in poverty and don't have stable addresses. Some
have mental health issues. Most have experienced trauma. Poverty, trauma and homelessness can
make timely correspondence difficult.

These are the same people that you have turned your back on. You turned you back them when
you cut legal aid. And you continue to turn your back on them by failing to have the decency to
respond to me.

It's time to come clean. It is time to prove details about your guarantee or admit that it was all
just an empty promise.

Sometimes I wonder, if your legal aid promise was nothing but empty words then what other
promises of yours are frauds?

Sometimes I think that maybe you are not really for the people at all?

So, let's clear this all up - just let me know how my clients can contact you, what information.
do you require, and how soon after that will you issue a legal aid certificate?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 l16 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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May 7, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and five letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Today, hundreds of lawyers protested your government's cuts to legal aid. Why? Because these
front-line advocates know that the poor will suffer under your cuts.

Look, I know it is hard to care about complex legal issues - especially when they only impact
poor and vulnerable Ontarians. Legal aid is not a sexy topic like buck-a-beer, or tail-gaiting, or
higher speed limits - you know, the really important issues. I joke, I joke, those issue are not
important at all compared to wrongful convictions and a crumbling justice system.

Why do you seem to only care about cheap beer and fast cars? Maybe you do actually care about
substantive issues but since you have not responded to my simple requests I am not so sure.

I have many clients who would benefit from your legal aid guarantee - but I am being to think it
was all bluster designed to mislead the public.

Prove me wrong. Give me a call.

And please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2P OC2

May 6, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1Al

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and four letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

I remember running into you in Toronto before the provincial election. You gave me your cell
number and promised to always be accessible if there were any issues I wanted to discuss. Well, I
want to discuss your legal aid promise.

Perhaps you were as serious about being accessible as you seem to be about your legal aid
guarantee?

There are many impoverished and marginalized accused people in Ontario who, after your
government's cuts to Legal Aid, will be denied the assistance of legal counsel. These people will
be left to face the full force of the criminal justice system on their own. There will be wrongful
convictions.

But, let me put this in simple terms that even the most heartless tough-on-crime ideologue can
understand. Denial of legal aid to deserving applicants will cost Ontario more money in the long
run. Why don't you care about saving taxpayer money?

Please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.
Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: C613l 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@ag p 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 2, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters
via fax (at your office's request) and three letters via email (because it's 2019) because some
of my clients are in need oflegal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

In all seriousness, I am not sure why you have not responded. I would also remind Ms.
Mulroney of Rule 7.2-5 of the Law Society of Ontario Rules of Professional Conduct: "A
lawyer shall answer with reasonable promptness all professional letters and communications
from other legal practitioners that require an answer, and a lawyer shall be punctual in
fulfilling all commitments."

I require an answer on this important issue.

I will be out of the office for the next few days presenting at a Canadian Bar Association
conference in Yellowknife. But, I am told that there is cell service there. So, you can still call
me any time.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2P OC2

May 1, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7 A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and two letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients are in need
of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response
from you.

Today, I met with a retiree who was charged with a criminal offence. She is on a fixed income and
can't afford to retain counsel. She has no prior involvement in the justice system. She cried in my
office. It was heartbreaking. She has lost everything.

She will also probably be denied legal aid.

But, I will let you in on a secret, I will help her anyway - pro bono -,because I am For The People™.
How could I turn my back on her - she is a good person who is now facing the loss of everything
after 65+ years of good behavior. She is up against the state and she is terrified.

This is the type of person who you guaranteed would have legal aid. All they needed to do, you said,
was to call you.

So, how should my client contact you? Right now, she does not have a permanent address, or a cell
phone, or a landline, or a car. She can't receive mail, phone you, send you a fax, or even drive to your
office in Toronto.

So, what should I tell her? The ball is in your court to make good you your guarantee. I am happy to
talk - any time - any place.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street L

& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200


ol iver@ag p 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
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April 30, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and one letter via email because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response from you.

Is it time to be honest with the public about legal aid. Yesterday, in a statement to the Toronto Star
Caroline Mulroney blamed the previous Liberal government for spending "more and more money
on legal aid without achieving the results that legal aid's clients or taxpayers should expect. With
renewed accountability at legal aid, every dollar saved on lawyers is a dollar we can invest in public
health care and education, the services that matter most to people."

What results are your government trying to achieve through the funding cuts?

The reality is that your government's cuts to Legal Aid will result in fewer services for vulnerable
populations. Because - let's be real - there isn't $90 million in loose change to be found in the couch
cushions at Legal Aid. There is not $90 million of fat to trim from the bone. There will be service.
cuts.

Cuts to Legal Aid do little to solve Ontario's deficit issues, if anything they will end up costing the
system more. But they do guarantee cold and cruel unfairness.

But, I am writing you not about Mulroney's Legal Aid double speak but about YOUR personal
guarantee of legal aid certificates. You have not responded about how to take advantage of your
guarantee. It is almost like you said those things without any intention of following through. I think
there is a word for that?

Please let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

April 29, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but have been
denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

But maybe you don't check your fax machine - because it is 2019. So, this time I will try email.
I have also cc'ed the Attorney General. I am sure she was in the loop and supportive of your
guarantee.

As you probably know the yearly income cut off for a single Legal Aid applicant is $14,453. This
income level is well below the poverty line. The reality is that impoverished Ontarians, who are
presumed innocent (many of which are actually innocent), are facing serious charges and jail
time but will be denied the assistance of counsel. In an adversarial system, this is a recipe for
disaster. In the simplest terms, it is like a child stepping into a boxing ring to face a heavy weight
champion.

It is simply not a fair fight. Unrepresented litigants also increase court costs and contribute to
court delays. A well-funded legal aid system is not just the fair thing to do but it also makes
economic sense.

I suspect this is why you made your personal guarantee. What I can't understand is why you are
not following through on it?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep
your legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

April 26, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my offlce. I
will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you three letters because one of my clients is in
need of legal counsel but was denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

I have another client with two trials in June who was denied legal aid. The charges he faces are not serious
but the Crown says they will seek a period of custody upon conviction. My client suffers from addiction
issue, but he is doing better now. He has some very serious mental health issues but has always done his
best to be a productive member of society. He is a young father and is working. He lives just above the
poverty line - this means he does not qualify for legal aid, so he will face trial alone. He has a good
defence to the charges but he will likely be convicted, because in real life David never beats Goliath. This
means jail, separation from his family, economic hardship, an interruption in addiction and mental health
treatment, and an increased risk of recidivism. Of course, Ontario taxpayers will foot the bill of all of this.

As an aside - did you know there is virtually no mental health or addiction treatment in your jails? Pretty
shocking, I know!

How can this young man take advantage of your legal aid guarantee?

Yesterday the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency due to rising flood waters and I hear you are
in town. If you want to stop by my offlce for a coffee or a buck-a-beer please let me know. I would be
happy to talk about the details of my specific cases and accept the legal aid funding you promised. I would
also love to show you our courthouse - the drug treatment court, indigenous people's court, mental
health court, and our plea court. You can see for yourself the great work legal aid funded counsel do to
assist vulnerable people and make sure our courts run efficiently.

Again, let me know what information you need so legal aid can be issued to my client. Unless you never
had any intention of following through on your guarantee - but I can't imagine you would be so callous
and misleading - right?!?

I look forward to speaking with your offlce to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your legal
aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agplIp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

April 25, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I have sent you two letters because one of my clients was in need of legal counsel but was denied legal
aid (see attached letters).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

I have a number of clients who have been denied legal aid and require legal counsel. These clients all
can't afford to hire a lawyer, have no legal training, and face the prospect of jail if convicted.

As you likely know, unrepresented litigants represent a huge burden on the legal system - they drive
up costs, burn through court resources, and create delays. Unrepresented accused also risk wrongful
convictions and miscarriages of justice.

This is why I was so happy to hear of your personal legal aid guarantee.

Many of my colleagues also know of accused individuals who have been denied legal aid. They have
been asking me what the procedure is to have you issue a certificate. Unfortunately, I am a bit unsure
myself? Is there an online application process? Should we just call you? Does an application need to
be in writing? Delivered by fax, regular mail, or raven? What information should we send you? Are
the qualification criteria the same as the Legal Aid's criteria? How quickly will you issue a certificate?
So, so many question.

I remember shortly after the election you were fond of saying: promises made, promises kept. Please
let me know what I can do to help you keep this promise. You are going to keep the promise you
made on Monday - right?

I look fo1ward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your
legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 24, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I contacted your office yesterday because one of my clients is in need of legal counsel and was denied
legal aid (see attached letter).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

So, I called your office but I was told that a phone call was not sufficient and I should fax you a
letter. Luckily, lawyers are some of the few people who still use fax machines (I know my clients
don't have them). I faxed you a letter. I also tweeted the letter to you and sent the letter to you via
text message.

I have not received any response. Can you please let me know when the legal aid certificate, that you
personally guaranteed, will be issued? Please let me know what further information you require.

When I next appear in court on this matter I will inform the judge that we are waiting for your office
to issue a certificate.

Some people have suggested that your guarantee was not sincere and was just political bluster
designed to detract from the recently announced short-sighted cuts to Legal Aid. I don't want to
believe that to be the case because a well-funded legal aid system actually saves Ontario money in the
long run and ensures fairness to vulnerable members of society.

I think economic efficiency and fairness "for the people" were big campaign issues for you. So, I am
sure your office will contact me soon.

I look forward to speaking with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1(2P OC2

April 23, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I am counsel for a young man who has been denied legal aid and cannot afford to privately hire legal
counsel.

My client is charged with property and administrative offences that were, to a large extent, driven by
addiction issues. My client is living with his parents and has not been able to find work. He has not
committed any new offences and is trying hard to turn his life around. He wishes to retain me but
cannot do so (even at deeply discounted rates). The Crown's initial sentencing position upon
conviction was for a period of custody.

I strongly believe that all lawyers have an obligation to assist individuals who find themselves in
desperate situations. I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this file. But there are limits. With some more time and preparation I think it is
possible, in this case, that a trial and jail time can be avoided through a resolution of some of the
charges. This would save scarce justice system resources and ensure that a fair and just result is
achieved. This is the type efficiency your government should welcome. Spend a little more on the
front end to avoid even larger costs on the back end. It is also the type of fairness that a government
who is for the people - all the people - should encourage.

I was very disappointed with your government's recent cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. I violently disagree
that these cuts will actually save money. I know that they will create unfairness for some of the most
marginalized Ontarians. But I was happy to see that on Monday yo~ personally guaranteed that
anyone who needed legal aid will receive it (https://globalnews.ca/news/519236.3/despitebudget-cuts-
ford-guarantees-legal-aid/).

Please let me know what information you need about my client. I look forward to speaking
with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
t,;l_!-Zada, Vera (CAB)

From: Michael Spratt [michael@agpllp.ca]


Sent: June-12-19 7:32 PM
To: Premier of Ontario I Premier ministre de !'Ontario; doug.ford@pc.ola.org;
JUS-G-MAG-Webmaster; Caroline Mulroney
Subject: Ford's legal aid promise
Attachments: June 12 Legal Aid Letter to Ford.pdf

Categories: Blue Category

What a day, cabinet shuffle rumours, allegations you are worse than the KGB, and a disastrous the impact of your
LAO cuts.

Give me a call about the legal aid guarantee you made on April 22nd - it can make your day worse - right?

J. Michael Spratt, Partner

Abergel Goldslein & Partners


Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
116 Lisgar Streel, Suite 200, Ottawa ON, K2P OC2
I: (613) 235-9779 x 231
I: (613) 235-8317
m: (613) 296-2561

michael@agpllp.ca
Twitter: @mspratt

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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 ·Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

June 12, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you flve letters via fax and
twenty-nine letters via email because I know of many accused people who can't afford legal counsel
but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 52 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any information
about how people who were denied legal aid or need the support of legal aid can take advantage of
your promise.

Today, Legal Aid Ontario announced a number of changes to the services they fund as a result of
your funding cuts. Amongst other changes, LAO will stop funding bail hearing and will cut funding
by 40% for Gladue submissions made on behalflndigenous offenders.

The claw-backs you have forced LAO to make will actually end up costing the province more money
in the long run, risk wrongful detentions, imperiled public safety, and fly in the face of your
obligations to Indigenous people.

If you ever wanted to see the face of colonialism that has contributed to the genocide found by the
MMIWG inquiry - take a hard look in the mirror.

Ms. Mulroney's spokesman, Jesse Robichaud, statement about the cuts was one of the most ignorant
and self-serving piece of political BS I have seen I quite a while. A hear a cabinet shuffle is on the
horizon - maybe it is time for a change?

It may seem hyperbolic to say that your administration is creating a "culture of fear - it's like the
KGB" - but apparently one of your own caucus members beat me to it and told you that last week.

But that is all beside the point - it may show your true character but it has nothing to do with to do
with the promise you made on April 22. So, I will ask again, for the 34'h time - how can my clients
who have been denied legal aid take advantage of the personal guarantee you made?

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

June 11 , 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters
via fax and twenty-eight letters via email because I know of many accused people who can't
afford legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 51 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any
information about how people who were denied legal aid or need the support of legal aid can
take advantage of your promise.

Your lack of response is deeply disappointing. I mean, seriously?!? You announced $133
million in cuts - after Legal Aid Ontario had already set its budget and allocated its
resources. Then, when the cuts were criticized on the radio, you were so upset that you felt
compelled to call in to dispel the supposed misinformation. This is when you promised that
anyone who "needs support on legal aid [... ] will have legal aid." And then nothing ...

That's it for today.

You can go read my op-ed from today at the CBC for the rest.

Call me after you read it and we can talk about how you are going to make good on your
promise.

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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June 10, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax
and twenty-seven letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in
need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 50 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any
information about how people who were denied legal aid or need the support oflegal aid can
take advantage of your promise.

Today, lawyers from across Ontario posted videos about the right of Ontarians to have access to
beer in their corner stores. I joke, I joke. We actually posted videos about a lack of properly
funded legal aid in our courthouses. It is an issue that is just a touch more important than beer.

We #GotBeerNeedJustice.

But the video format may be something you actually will understand and pay attention too.
There are many people, across Ontario, who have been denied legal aid and want to know how
to take advantage of your personal legal aid guarantee.

We are not asking for legal aid certificates in corner stores. That would be foolish. We only are
asking that you make good on your promise and make sure that anyone who needs legal aid "will
have legal aid."

So, give me a call. We can talk about your promise. Heck, maybe we can even make a video
about it.

I'm looking forward to your prompt and enthusiastic response.

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
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June 6, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-six letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 46 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any information
about how people who were denied legal aid or need the support of legal aid can take advantage of
your promise.

On Tuesday, the Attorney General told the legislature, "We are working closely with clinics, with
lawyers who provide legal aid, to ensure that they're able to provide the work that they have been
doing now for some time."

But it was reported today that the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario was unaware
of any consultations.

It was also reported today in the Toronto Star that Legal Aid Ontario expects to advise clinics of
their "approved annual funding allocations" within the next two weeks.

But the legislature has taken an early and very long summer break and won't resume sitting until the
end of October!

It kind of seems like you guys have not really consulted anyone about the legal aid cuts and are
getting ready to spring cuts on clinics while the legislature is not in session and you are on summer
holidays?

How does all of this square with the guarantee you made in April that anyone who needs support on
legal aid will get it? I have many clients who would qualify for your offer. Now that you are on an
early and long summer break maybe you will have time to pick up the phone and give me a call.

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@ag p 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
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June 5, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters
via fax and twenty-five letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 45 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any
information about how people who were denied legal aid or need the support of legal aid can
take advantage of your promise.

Since I have not been able to get any information from you or your government about your
guarantee of legal aid to anyone one who needs support I decided to submit a Freedom of
Information request about this issue.

Perhaps the FOI request will shed some light on how your policy was developed and how
your guarantee will be implemented. I can't imagine that this was something you made up
on the fly and announced without due consideration.

I guess it is possible that the FOI request will show that you never had any intentions of
following through on your guarantee, that it was made without any thought or
consideration, and that you were simply trying to muddy the waters to distract from your
massively unpopular cuts to Legal Aid Ontario? We will see I guess.

But let's not wait for the FOI process to play out. Give me a call - I know that that is kind
of your thing. You can let me know how my clients who have been denied legal aid or
require legal aid support can apply to you.

Thanks,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: !613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agp I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
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June 4, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-four letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 44 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any information
about how people who were denied legal aid can take advantage of your promise.

Do you know the feeling you get when you can't get beer at a convenience store? I know you do
because over the weekend I saw most of your caucus and ministers (including Ms. Mulroney) engage
in a ridiculous and coordinated twitter campaign over this incredible hardship.

You promised buck-a-beer during the election and you delivered (even if it was only for a few weeks
and the beer tasted like trash). You promised to liberalize beer purchasing rules and you appear to be
following through on that - even if it costs hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars in Beer Store contract
penalties.

Now, imagine the feeling you get when you are charged with a crime but you are innocent. Imagine
you can't afford a lawyer because you are a low-income Ontarian. Imagine that you don't have a legal
education and are facing the prospect of an adversarial system where you have no chance in hell at
beating your well-funded and well-educated adversary.

Now, imagine that the premier cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario but then promise that you would
get a certificate anyway. Imagine that after making that promise the premier (that's you) did nothing
to follow through on his guarantee.

Why do you care more about beer in corner stores than the people hurt by your legal aid actions?

Over the past 44 days I have detailed the situation of many clients who have been denied legal aid
and require legal counsel. Please let me know how they can take advantage of the explicit promise
you made.

~J. Michael Spratt


Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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June 3, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-three letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 43 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. You have not provided any information
about how people who were denied legal aid can take advantage of your promise.

On Saturday, I did receive an anonymous and unsigned email from the Ministry of the Attorney
General. It was purportedly written on your behalf. And although the letter opens with "I am pleased
to provide a response" - the letter was completely unresponsive to my inquiry.

The letter does call into question the bona fldes of your April guarantee. Your letter begins:

As you know, Legal Aid Ontario (LA 0) is responsible for the administration of Ontario '.r
legal aid system and operates independently from government. The province recognizes the
importance ofenhancing access to justice for low income Ontarians. Ontario '.r legal aid system
helps ensure that Ontarians have access to the legal services they need, regardless oftheir ability
to pay, by issuing certificates to eligible clients, providing duty counsel, and through
community legal clinics, among other services. There are, however, gaps in the system,
meaning that many low-income individuals are unable to access legal supports.

Yes, I do know all of this. I am well aware of the gaps in the system. However, your response does
raises a question: if LAO "operates independently from government" how were you able to make a
guarantee that everyone who needs legal aid would get it? Do you intend to personally pay for legal
defenses from your vast Deco Labels fortune? Is the Attorney General going to agree to fund all
defenses in a Rowbotham type arrangement? Or were you making a promise that exceeds your
jurisdiction?

Your letter continues:

Following the Auditor Generals 2018 Annual Report, the government has committed to
conducting a comprehensive review of legal aid to ensure that services and supports are
responsive and easy to navigate, and will also look at ways to create a more integrated and
effective legal aid system, while eliminating unnecessary duplication and overlap.
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN
& PARTNERS LLP

If the government is in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of legal aid why did you
announce funding cuts before the review was completed? How do funding cuts make LAO more
"responsive and easy to navigate"?

The last substantive part of the letter, if any of it can really be called substantive, reads:

I appreciate your concern about the provision of legal aid in Ontario, and I can assure you
that the government will continue to work with LAO to provide access to justice and effective
legal aid for low income Ontarians.

Fantastic. But that sentiment runs contrary to the deep retroactive funding cuts your government has
announced. It also runs contrary to the boilerplate and unresponsive nature of your reply.

I don't think you do appreciate my concern. And the unresponsive nature of your letter makes me
wonder if you are really interested in providing access to justice for low income Ontarians.

Ir should also be noted that your legal aid guarantee was not limited to low income Ontarians - you
promised "anyone" who needs legal aid would get it - all they had to do was call you.

I am glad to have confirmation that you have received and reviewed my letters. But your response
does not come close to answering my questions and is completely unsatisfactory.

So, to be clear here are my questions: Why did you make the guarantee you made on April 22? How
can people who were denied legal aid take advantage of your guarantee? What authority do you have
to make such a guarantee? What process is in place to implement your guarantee? And, were you
serious on when you made your legal aid guarantee or was it a fabrication that you had no intention
of acting on.

Over the past 43 days I have detailed the situation of many clients who have been denied legal aid
and require legal counsel. Please let me know how they can take advantage of the explicit promise
you made.

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org

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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@ag p 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
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May 31, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
offlce. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-two letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 40 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not responded to
any of my inquiries about your promise.

Well, I do receive any autoreply each time that reads:

Thank you for your email. Your thoughts, comments and input are greatly valued.

You can be assured that all emails and letters are carefully read, reviewed and taken into
consideration.

There may be occasions when, given the issues you have raised and the need to address them
effectively, we will forward a copy ofyour correspondence to the appropriate government
official. Accordingly, a response may take several business days.

Thanks again for your email.

I am beginning to lose faith that you "greatly value" my comments. And I am beginning to doubt
that my letters are "carefully read, reviewed, and taken into consideration."

Because if you are not willing to make good on your explicit and public legal aid guarantee - your
private autoreply email is probably a lie too?

I have many clients who have been denied legal aid. Please let me know how they should contact
you.

~
J.
Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 30, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
twenty-one letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 39 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not responded to
any of my inquiries about your promise.

Today I spoke with a young man who lives in rural Ontario. He doesn't have a criminal record and
is accused of domestic assault. It is a very serious charge. He is, of course presumed innocent, and has
told me that he did not do what is being alleged. He is only employed seasonally and money is tight.
He lives on the margins of poverty. He does not have a post-secondary education and he has no legal
expertise.

He need the assistance of legal counsel. But he was denied legal aid because the Crown is not seeking
jail time - they simply want to band him a criminal and place him on probation with restrictive
conditions. This is a pretty serious sentence for someone who might be innocent.

The sad reality is that innocent people often plead guilty when they don't have a lawyer. A trial is
stressful and a sentence imposed after trial will usually be harsher than the deal offered before trial.
When there is no one in your corner it is tempting to just get things over with even if that mean life
altering and damning consequences.

I am worried this is what is going to happen here.

So, how can the young man I spoke with today take advantage of your legal aid guarantee? I can send
you his information so you can have a certificate issued? Or is it time to finally admit your promise
was a cowardly fabrication?

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: C613l 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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May 29, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you flve letters
via fax and twenty letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are
in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 38 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not
responded to any of my inquiries about your promise.

I heard last week you took the time to respond to another concerned citizen who sent you
text. His name was Michael too. It seems you were perturbed about his opinion that your
government was corruption and incompetent.

You left him a voice mail message saying:

"Hey Michael, it's Doug Ford calling. Thanks so much for the message my friend. Uh, you
know something? I love those polls. They make me laugh. But Michael, you got to be very,
very careful when you tell someone that they're corrupt. Very, very, very careful. OK, my
friend? I'll talk to you later."

Quite the reaction.

Slashing funding to Legal Aid, but then guaranteeing that everyone who needs legal aid
would get it, and then taking no action to follow through on the promise, and doing
nothing to respond to inquiries about your guarantee - well that seems a bit corrupt to me.

Will you call me now?

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag pl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

May 28, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
eighteen letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 37 days since you made your legal aid guarantee and so far, you have not even pretended
to keep it.

Over the last 3 7 days I have attempted to make the case that a strong legal aid system is important.

You see, in our adversarial system, when an accused is not represented by counsel the chance of a
miscarriage of justice increases. People are induced to plead guilty- even when they are innocent.
People are convicted - even when they have done nothing wrong.

A strong legal aid system also saves the province money - unrepresented litigants are responsible for a
disproportionate drain of scarce court resources.

The argument focusing on justice and fairness has not elicit a response from you.

The argument focusing on fiscal responsibility has not elicited a response from you.

So, let me appeal you your most base and craven political instincts - the populist argument.
According to an Environics Research poll three-quarters of Ontarians are opposed to your cuts to
Legal Aid Ontario and six in ten Ontarians are aware of the funding cuts. I'm no political strategist -
but that does not seem good.

If you don't care about fairness, and if you don't care about finances, maybe you care enough about
your own political skin to make good on your guarantee of legal aid for those that need it.

Call me and we can discuss.

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 27, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
seventeen letters via email to you because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal
counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 36 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today, you said that you were "a government that listens" - do you really? You said this in relation
to your retroactive budget cuts that impacted cities across the province. In your letter to those cities
and towns impacted you said that you, "understand as a former Toronto city councillor that
municipal budgets were set for the year by the time the provincial cuts were announced in the April
budget."

I am glad you listened and I am glad that you reversed the cuts. It was pretty unfair to pull the
funding rug out from under municipalities after their budgets had been set.

Hey, remember how you slashed Legal Aid's funding after they had set their budget. There is no real
difference between the situation that cities and Legal Aid found themselves. Same. Same. So, when
will you reverse your cuts to Legal Aid?

I suppose the one big difference is that when it comes to the Legal Aid cuts the only people impacted
are the poor and marginalized - not privileged big city mayors. But, that should not matter.

If you or your government actually listened maybe you would have responded to one of the 22 letter
I have faxed, emailed, tweeted, or texted you. Maybe you would have actually made good on the legal
aid guarantee you made 36 days ago.

I am waiting for your call and for you to tell me how people who have been denied legal aid can take
advantage of your personal guarantee.

~]. Michael Spratt


Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 24, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A IAI

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and sixteen
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

It has been 33 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Yesterday, I was a speaker at the launch of a book of essay in honour of Louise Arbour. It was hosted
at BLG's Montreal headquarters - a big fancy corporate law firm. And it was fancy. The law firm
sprawls across several floors in a big downtown office tower. They had firm-branded sparkling water,
fancy artwork, and lavish furnishings. They had firm-monogramed towels in the bathroom. They
even had attendants to open the boardroom doors.

I now know part of the reason why civil lawyers have such expensive hourly fees.

That is not the case with criminal firms. I can assure you we have no fancy bathrooms, chic water, or
personal attendants. We use rough paper towel, Ottawa's best tap water, and we have one assistant
shared between five lawyers.

We keep cost down because we have to. Criminal lawyers don't charge most client high fees. We are
not in this business to get rich. We do what we do because people, many of whom are impoverished,
need help when their lives is on the line.

You made a promise on April 22nd to help these people. Lawyers will not profit from your guaranteed
legal aid certificates. Those certificates will help us keep the lights on so we can help some of the
most marginalized and vulnerable people in our society.

I think it is time you followed through on your guarantee. Call me. Criminal lawyers always answer
correspondence. You should too.

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp I Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 23, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and fifteen
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

It has been 32 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Let's look at some definitions:

Guarantee /geran'te/
noun: guarantee; plural noun: guarantees; noun: guaranty; plural noun: guaranties

A formal promise or assurance that certain conditions will be fulfilled


synonyms: promise, assurance, word, word of honor, pledge, vow, oath, bond, commitment

Support /sa'port/
verb: support; 3rd person present: supports; past tense: supported; past participle: supported; gerund or
present participle: supporting

Give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.


synonyms: help, aid, assist; contribute to, give a donation to, give money to

I took your April 22"d statement to mean that you promised that people who needed the assistance of
legal aid would receive legal aid. Please let me know if I am mistaken.

My kids sometime play a game called opposite land - where words mean the opposite of their
common meanings. I don't think I have ever seen an elected official play that game - but maybe you
were?

I look forward to receiving an answer about how people denied the support of legal aid can take you
up on your guarantee.

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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May 22, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
fourteen letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel
but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 31 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today, I received a call from an elderly woman charged with a criminal offence. She has no criminal
record. She is charged with common assault. She is presumed to be - and I think she may actually be
- innocent. She is terrified about facing the courts alone. But, she can't afford a lawyer. She receives a
modest pension of about $1,500 a month. After purchasing the necessities of life each month there is
no money left over to cover legal expenses.

I guess she could go without food, or a roof over her head, or heat - but I don't think you would be
so cruel to suggest that.

She was denied legal aid today. What is she supposed to do?

Duty Counsel may help her plead guilty - but that is not much help if she is not guilty. The sad
reality is that people without a lawyer are more likely to be coerced into pleading guilty. And when
they do self-represent in court their trials are longer, more complicated, more expensive and more
likely to result in a miscarriage of justice.

I am going to do what I can to help this client but she is an excellent candidate for your legal aid
guarantee. If this elderly pensioner who has no criminal record is not able to take advantage of your
legal aid promise who is?

It has been over a month since your guarantee. Please let me know how my clients who cannot afford
counsel and are in need of support via legal aid can contact you.

promised.

i had Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 L isgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 21, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you five letters via fax and
thirteen letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid.

It has been 30 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

Today the Toronto Star reported that three-quarters of Ontarians think you are on the 'wrong track'.
It took the Wynne government years do reach those kinds of numbers. It seems like you really are
committed to doing politics differently.

I have found that one way to gain the approval of people is to follow through on promises you make.
On April 22nd, you promised that people who were denied legal aid could call you and you would
guarantee that they got legal aid. But over the last 30 days you have not followed through.

Let me put this in simple meme-terms that even your millennial staff might understand:

Please give me a call so we can discuss. I am sure we can work this out in a way that does not involve
the complete destruction of Middle Earth

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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May 17, 2019

Via Email: premier@ontario.ca

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

Remember that time you guaranteed that if anyone needed legal aid you would make sure they got
it? All they had to do, you said, was call you?

It seemed like a pretty big promise. Over the last 26 days I have started to doubt if you ever said it.
In retrospect, it seems pretty off-brand for you to guarantee the poor and marginalized legal fairness.
Maybe it was all a fever dream?

Then I remembered, in the year 2019, there are ways to record the spoken word. Turns out, your
promise was indeed memorialized to tape.

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

It has been 26 days since you said that. I have sent you five letters via fax and twelve letters via email
because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal
aid.

In the last 26 days how many legal aid certificates were issued under your guarantee?

I have a sinking feeling the answer is zero.

I think, maybe, just maybe, you were being less than honest?

Give me a call and let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should apply for
your guaranteed legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

Cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 16, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax and twelve
letters via email because I know of many accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have
been denied legal aid.

I have decided to fax you this letter - to keep things fresh.

It has been 25 days since you made your legal aid guarantee.

A client of mine was informed today that he will be denied legal aid. He is an elderly man with very
serious breathing problems and mobility issues. He is on oxygen. He only has one lung. His health is
not good. He is not able to work.

My client was pulled over by the police who demanded a roadside breath test. Did you know that the
police don't need any grounds to this? It is a mandatory test. My client was not able to blow
sufficient air into the screening device - he was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample.

He can't afford to retain a lawyer. He did nothing wrong. He did not commit a crime. But if he is
convicted he will face the full weight of the law, including losing licence. Given his poor health this
means he will not be able to go anywhere. He depends on his car for transportation. He is not able to
walk long distances - because of the whole one lung thing and the oxygen tank he has to carry with
him.

I would like you to issue a legal aid certificate to my client. This is what you promised on April 22"d.

Breaking promises has real life impacts for real live people. This is why I teach my kids not to break
their promises. I remain hopeful that you will start keeping yours.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.
Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag p I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 15, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and eleven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused
people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 24 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

I read that hundreds of people booed you at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics on
Tuesday night. That must have been rough. But the thing is, reputations can quickly change in
politics. I mean look at the Mother of Dragons - Daenerys Targaryen. She went from breaker-of-
chains to war criminal in one short episode.

Question: was the personal legal aid guarantee that you made on April 22"d the real deal or was it a
blatant falsehood? If you were serious then give me a call and let me know how my clients who have
been denied legal aid - there are many of them - can take advantage of your guarantee.

If you misunderstood what the words "guarantee" or "have" or "legal aid" mean - that's cool too. I
am sure the small folk will be forgiving, if you fess up. I am sure there will be no red wedding over
this.

But seriously, there are so many people who are struggling to get by, who can't afford a lawyer, who
are facing prosecution, who have been denied legal aid, and who need your help. Help me, help you,
help them.

And if you don't care about the small folk, I'm sure you care about the bottom line. Access to legal
counsel at reduced legal aid rate, actually saves the province money. Give me a call and I will tell you
all about it.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@ag pl Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpl Ip.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 14, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and ten letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 23 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

Today, the Globe & Mail reported that Mr. French, your chief of staff, "took multiple steps to urge
police forces across the province to launch raids on illegal marijuana storefronts." The same article
alleges that, "Mr. French also instructed staff in an e-mail to discuss "concerns," which he did not
detail, about how justices of the peace [ ... ] were treating marijuana-related charges."

The Globe & Mail even quoted a lawyer in the article who called these actions "disturbing" - hey
wait. That lawyer was me!

How about we balance this all out and you can ask Mr. French to call me and let me know how my
clients, who have been denied legal aid, can take advantage of the personal guarantee you made on
April 22. Perhaps Mr. French can direct Legal Aid to make good on your promise?

Look, I am not going to drag a guillotine to Queen's park or anything like that but I will keep
writing until you provide details or come clean about your April legal aid guarantee.

There is an old saying that there is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. But it turns out there is
- your broken promise risks a miscarriage of justice and impacts the most vulnerable people in
Ontario. That's not a good look.

So, give me a call so we can clear this up.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 13, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and nine letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many accused people
who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 22 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then it has been nothing but
crickets.

We all know people who have suffered from addiction, poverty, or mental health issues. Sadly,
politicians have turned to the Criminal Code to deal with these complex social health problems. That
approach has been a catastrophic failure. But, the real tragedy is that most of these poor souls don't
come from privilege and cannot afford treatment or legal counsel. They rely on modest support from
the government to make sure their legal and constitutional rights are protected. The cost is small but
the service we lawyer-types offer can be life changing.

Imagine suffering from addiction and poverty and then having to face the weight of the legal system
- all alone. Can you?

Your legal aid cuts risk depriving these vulnerable people of necessary legal protections - not to
mention the social services good lawyers can provide.

That's why I was happy to hear about your April 22"d guarantee. But I have been disappointed that
since April 22"d you have provided no information about how people who are in need but have been
denied legal aid can contact you?

Simple question: why won't you provide straightforward information about how people who have
been denied legal aid can to take advantage of your personal guarantee?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agp I Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 10, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and eight letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid.

It has been 19 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

I had two more client denied legal aid today. Both would like a lawyer (me) to assist them and I
am totally willing to take their cases.

I will drive the two-hour round trip to their court dates - to meet with the judge, set trial dates,
and conduct the trial. That is, like, 12 hours of driving. I will even pay for the gas myself
(because legal aid does not cover that). I will review disclosure and prepare the files for trial -
this will probably take about 40 hours - even though I will only be paid for an hour or two of
that work. I will make sure that the cases are not delayed. I will make sure the cases do not delay
other cases. I will make sure the cases don't go off the rails at the last minute - because without a
lawyer that happens a lot.

In short, I will do all that work for at a really really low hourly rate, mostly pro bono, and you
can sleep well at night knowing that a miscarriage of justice is not visited on an innocent people.

Please let me know how these clients should contact you. Because you guaranteed they will have
legal aid. That was 19 days ago.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2P OC2

May 9, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and seven letters via email (because it's 2019) because I know of many
accused people who are in need of legal counsel bur have been denied legal aid.

It has been 18 days since you made your legal aid guarantee. Since then - crickets.

Today, in Ottawa, there was another protest against your government's cuts to Legal Aid. Now
don't get me wrong, there is room for a discussion about how the province should deliver legal
services. But there is no room for policies and curs built on misinformation - especially when
that misinformation comes from the mouth of the Premier.

You said, "If any needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office." But you have not
responded to any inquires. You said, "I will guarantee that you will have legal aid." But you have
done nothing to make good on that guarantee.

I know of many accused who have been denied or don't qualify for legal aid. Your seemingly
empty guarantee and your cuts to legal aid will leave these people without legal counsel. Your
actions risk wrongful convictions. Your actions risk justice system delays and criminal charges
being thrown out of court. Your actions risk injustice. And your curs don't make financial sense.

So, let's chat. You can tell me how people who need legal aid can access your guarantee and I can
let you know areas where there is an opportunity to modernize our courts and save money.

It's a win-win. Criminal defence lawyers never turn off our phones and we always answer calls
and text messages - so you can call me anytime.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1(2 P OC2

May 8, 2019

Via Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and six letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need oflegal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Look, sometimes my clients don't answer my letters either. But, I don't take it personally. To be
fair, most of my non-responsive clients live in poverty and don't have stable addresses. Some
have mental health issues. Most have experienced trauma. Poverty, trauma and homelessness can
make timely correspondence difficult.

These are the same people that you have turned your back on. You turned you back them when
you cut legal aid. And you continue to turn your back on them by failing to have the decency to
respond to me.

It's time to come clean. It is time to prove details about your guarantee or admit that it was all
just an empty promise.

Sometimes I wonder, if your legal aid promise was nothing but empty words then what other
promises of yours are frauds?

Sometimes I think that maybe you are not really for the people at all?

So, let's clear this all up - just let me know how my clients can contact you, what information
do you require, and how soon after that will you issue a legal aid certificate?

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I ive r@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 7, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and five letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

Today, hundreds of lawyers protested your government's cuts to legal aid. Why? Because these
front-line advocates know that the poor will suffer under your cuts.

Look, I know it is hard to care about complex legal issues - especially when they only impact
poor and vulnerable Ontarians. Legal aid is not a sexy topic like buck-a-beer, or tail-gaiting, or
higher speed limits - you know, the really important issues. I joke, I joke, those issue are not
important at all compared to wrongful convictions and a crumbling justice system.

Why do you seem to only care about cheap beer and fast cars? Maybe you do actually care about
substantive issues but since you have not responded to my simple requests I am not so sure.

I have many clients who would benefit from your legal aid guarantee - but I am being to think it
was all bluster designed to mislead the public.

Prove me wrong. Give me a call.

And please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 6, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) and four letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients
are in need of legal counsel bur have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you, your office, or Ms. Mulroney.

I remember running into you in Toronto before the provincial election. You gave me your cell
number and promised to always be accessible if there were any issues I wanted to discuss. Well, I
want to discuss your legal aid promise.

Perhaps you were as serious about being accessible as you seem to be about your legal aid
guarantee?

There are many impoverished and marginalized accused people in Ontario who, after your
government's cuts to Legal Aid, will be denied the assistance of legal counsel. These people will
be left to face the full force of the criminal justice system on their own. There will be wrongful
convictions.

But, let me put this in simple terms that even the most heartless tough-on-crime ideologue can
understand. Denial of legal aid to deserving applicants will cost Ontario more money in the long
run. Why don't you care about saving taxpayer money?

Please let me know how accused people, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I Ive r@agp 11 p .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2 P OC2

May 2, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to
call my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters
via fax (at your office's request) and three letters via email (because it's 2019) because some
of my clients are in need of legal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters).

I have yet to receive any response from you.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

In all seriousness, I am not sure why you have not responded. I would also remind Ms.
Mulroney of Rule 7.2-5 of the Law Society of Ontario Rules of Professional Conduct: "A
lawyer shall answer with reasonable promptness all professional letters and communications
from other legal practitioners that require an answer, and a lawyer shall be punctual in
fulfilling all commitments."

I require an answer on this important issue.

I will be out of the office for the next few days presenting at a Canadian Bar Association
conference in Yellowknife. But, I am told that there is cell service there. So, you can still call
me any time.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should
contact you to take advantage of your legal aid guarantee.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agp I Ip.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

May 1, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and two letters via email (because it's 2019) because some of my clients are in need
oflegal counsel but have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response
from you.

Today, I met with a retiree who was charged with a criminal offence. She is on a fixed income and
can't afford to retain counsel. She has no prior involvement in the justice system. She cried in my
office. It was heartbreaking. She has lost everything.

She will also probably be denied legal aid.

But, I will let you in on a secret, I will help her anyway - pro bono - because I am For The People™.
How could I turn my back on her - she is a good person who is now facing the loss of everything
after 65+ years of good behavior. She is up against the state and she is terrified.

This is the type of person who you guaranteed would have legal aid. All they needed to do, you said,
was to call you.

So, how should my client contact you? Right now, she does not have a permanent address, or a cell
phone, or a landline, or a car. She can't receive mail, phone you, send you a fax, or even drive to your
office in Toronto.

So, what should I tell her? The ball is in your court to make good you your guarantee. I am happy to
talk - any time - any place.

Please let me know how my clients, who have (or will be) been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
ol iver@agplIp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 30, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax (at your
office's request) and one letter via email because some of my clients are in need of legal counsel but
have been denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response from you.

Is it time to be honest with the public about legal aid. Yesterday, in a statement to the Toronto Star
Caroline Mulroney blamed the previous Liberal government for spending "more and more money
on legal aid without achieving the results that legal aid's clients or taxpayers should expect. With
renewed accountability at legal aid, every dollar saved on lawyers is a dollar we can invest in public
health care and education, the services that matter most to people."

What results are your government trying to achieve through the funding cuts?

The reality is that your government's cuts to Legal Aid will result in fewer services for vulnerable
populations. Because - let's be real - there isn't $90 million in loose change to be found in the couch
cushions at Legal Aid. There is not $90 million of fat to trim from the bone. There will be service
cuts.

Curs to Legal Aid do little to solve Ontario's deficit issues, if anything they will .end up costing the
system more. Bur they do guarantee cold and cruel unfairness.

But, I am writing you not about Mulroney's Legal Aid double speak but about YOUR personal
guarantee of legal aid certificates. You have not responded about how to take advantage of your
guarantee. It is almost like you said those things without any intention of following through. I think
there is a word for that?

Please let me know how my clients, who have been denied legal aid, should contact you.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agp 11 p.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 29, 2019

Via Fax: doug.ford@pc.ola.org

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M?A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call
my office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you four letters via fax
(at your office's request) because some of my clients are in need oflegal counsel but have been
denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

But maybe you don't check your fax machine - because it is 2019. So, this time I will try email.
I have also cc' ed the Attorney General. I am sure she was in the loop and supportive of your
guarantee.

As you probably know the yearly income cut off for a single Legal Aid applicant is $14,453. This
income level is well below the poverty line. The reality is that impoverished Ontarians, who are
presumed innocent (many of which are actually innocent), are facing serious charges and jail
time but will be denied the assistance of counsel. In an adversarial system, this is a recipe for
disaster. In the simplest terms, it is like a child stepping into a boxing ring to face a heavy weight
champion.

It is simply not a fair fight. Unrepresented litigants also increase court costs and contribute to
court delays. A well-funded legal aid system is not just the fair thing to do but it also makes
economic sense.

I suspect this is why you made your personal guarantee. What I can't understand is why you are
not following through on it?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep
your legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J.Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)

cc: caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org
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ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
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April 26, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

On April 22, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my office. I
will guarantee you that you will have legal aid." I have sent you three letters because one of my clients is in
need of legal counsel but was denied legal aid (see attached letters). I have yet to receive any response.

I have another client with two trials in June who was denied legal aid. The charges he faces are not serious
but the Crown says they will seek a period of custody upon conviction. My client suffers from addiction
issue, but he is doing better now. He has some very serious mental health issues but has always done his
best to be a productive member of society. He is a young father and is working. He lives just above the
poverty line - this means he does not qualify for legal aid, so he will face trial alone. He has a good
defence to the charges but he will likely be convicted, because in real life David never beats Goliath. This
means jail, separation from his family, economic hardship, an interruption in addiction and mental health
treatment, and an increased risk of recidivism. Of course, Ontario taxpayers will foot the bill of all of this.

As an aside - did you know there is virtually no mental health or addiction treatment in your jails? Pretty
shocking, I know!

How can this young man take advantage of your legal aid guarantee?

Yesterday the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency due to rising flood waters and I hear you are
in town. If you want to stop by my office for a coffee or a buck-a-beer please let me know. I would be
happy to talk about the details of my specific cases and accept the legal aid funding you promised. I would
also love to show you our courthouse - the drug treatment court, indigenous people's court, mental
health court, and our plea court. You can see for yourself the great work legal aid funded counsel do to
assist vulnerable people and make sure our courts run efficiently.

Again, let me know what information you need so legal aid can be issued to my client. Unless you never
had any intention of following through on your guarantee - but I can't imagine you would be so callous
and misleading - right?!?

I look forward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your legal
aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J. Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 25, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7 A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I have sent you two letters because one of my clients was in need of legal counsel but was denied legal
aid (see attached letters).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

I have a number of clients who have been denied legal aid and require legal counsel. These clients all
can't afford to hire a lawyer, have no legal training, and face the prospect of jail if convicted.

As you likely know, unrepresented litigants represent a huge burden on the legal system - they drive
up costs, burn through court resources, and create delays. Unrepresented accused also risk wrongful
convictions and miscarriages of justice.

This is why I was so happy to hear of your personal legal aid guarantee.

Many of my colleagues also know of accused individuals who have been denied legal aid. They have
been asking me what the procedure is to have you issue a certificate. Unfortunately, I am a bit unsure
myself? Is there an online application process? Should we just call you? Does an application need to
be in writing? Delivered by fax, regular mail, or raven? What information should we send you? Are
the qualification criteria the same as the Legal Aid's criteria? How quickly will you issue a certificate?
So, so many question.

I remember shortly after the election you were fond of saying: promises made, promises kept. Please
let me know what I can do to help you keep this promise. You are going to keep the promise you
made on Monday - right?

I look fo1ward to speaking with your office to sort out the procedure to follow so you can keep your
legal aid promise.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

~
J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
o I iver@agpl Ip .ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 24, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I contacted your office yesterday because one of my clients is in need of legal counsel and was denied
legal aid (see attached letter).

On Monday, you told Global News that "If anyone needs support on legal aid, feel free to call my
office. I will guarantee you that you will have legal aid."

So, I called your office but I was told that a phone call was not sufficient and I should fax you a
letter. Luckily, lawyers are some of the few people who still use fax machines (I know my clients
don't have them). I faxed you a letter. I also tweeted the letter to you and sent the letter to you via
text message.

I have not received any response. Can you please let me know when the legal aid certificate, that you
personally guaranteed, will be issued? Please let me know what further information you require.

When I next appear in court on this matter I will inform the judge that we are waiting for your office
to issue a certificate.

Some people have suggested that your guarantee was not sincere and was just political bluster
designed to detract from the recently announced short-sighted cuts to Legal Aid. I don't want to
believe that to be the case because a well-funded legal aid system actually saves Ontario money in the
long run and ensures fairness to vulnerable members of society.

I think economic efficiency and fairness "for the people" were big campaign issues for you. So, I am
sure your office will contact me soon.

I look fo1ward to speaking with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

J. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)
AG~
ABERGEL GOLDSTEIN J, Michael Spratt, C.S. t: (613) 235-9779 x 225 116 Lisgar Street
& PARTNERS LLP Partner f: (613) 235-8317 Suite 200
oliver@agpllp.ca Ottawa ON
agpllp.ca 1<2P OC2

April 23, 2019

Via Fax: 416-325-3745

The Hon. Doug Ford


Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A lAl

Re: Legal Aid Guarantee

I am counsel for a young man who has been denied legal aid and cannot afford to privately hire legal
counsel.

My client is charged with property and administrative offences that were, to a large extent, driven by
addiction issues. My client is living with his parents and has not been able to find work. He has not
committed any new offences and is trying hard to turn his life around. He wishes to retain me but
cannot do so (even at deeply discounted rates). The Crown's initial sentencing position upon
conviction was for a period of custody.

I strongly believe that all lawyers have an obligation to assist individuals who find themselves in
desperate situations. I am happy to devote countless hours to pro bono work every year and I have
done that on this flle. But there are limits. With some more time and preparation I think it is
possible, in this case, that a trial and jail time can be avoided through a resolution of some of the
charges. This would save scarce justice system resources and ensure that a fair and just result is
achieved. This is the type efficiency your government should welcome. Spend a little more on the
front end to avoid even larger costs on the back end. It is also the type of fairness that a government
who is for the people - all the people - should encourage.

I was very disappointed with your government's recent cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. I violently disagree
that these cuts will actually save money. I know that they will create unfairness for some of the most
marginalized Ontarians. But I was happy to see that on Monday you personally guaranteed that
anyone who needed legal aid will receive it (https://globalnews.ca/news/5192363/despitebudget-cuts-
ford-guarantees-legal-aid/).

Please let me know what information you need about my client. I look forward to speaking
with your office and to the speedy issuance of a legal aid certificate.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter,

]. Michael Spratt
Certified Specialist (Criminal Law)