‘Lawyers Milking MMIW Inquiry’

“‘Disgrace’…has remained the best word to describe the Trudeau government’s inquiry into the murders and disappearances of thousands of ‘indigenous’ woman and girls. It is a multi-million-dollar disgrace; in fact, one that the father of the Minister of Justice – himself a hereditary chief – called “a bloody farce”.

{Yes, our Minister of Justice is a member of aboriginal royalty, like Wab Kinew and many of the ‘rising stars’ of the aboriginal movement. THEY – not reserve residents – are the beneficiaries of the aboriginal privilege resulting from our two-tiered Constitution…}

I would think that young [Justin] Trudeau should darn well know that this thing is not working and he should fire these people”,
Chief Bill Wilson told ‘CBC’ a few weeks before A‘FN’s general assembly.
It just makes me sick. People have been sitting on their hands for…months, spending a good ton of money and they haven’t done a doggone thing.”

“And, in the intervening months, the Inquiry has more or less continued to do just that: spending a good ton of money, and not doing “a doggone thing”…

“…Last week, the latest revelation: the Inquiry issued a multi-million-dollar, sole-source contract with a law firm. A contract that stinks.

The unseemly little contract was discovered by Brian Lilley of Ottawa’s ‘CFRA’. Reports Lilley: 

It’s a staggering amount for a contract that only lasts 8 months. The law firm ‘McCarthy Tetrault’ is being paid $5,320,766.60 in a sole-sourced contract. A contract worth almost 10% of the inquiry’s $54 million budget”.

What is the work for? Well at this point, that is unknown. Despite phone calls and multiple emails, my simple questions to the Inquiry have gone unanswered. Given all the coverage of problems at the Inquiry, a contract like this should raise questions and those questions should be answered.”

“The sole-sourced contract was to run from September 6, 2017 and end on May 15, 2018. It wasn’t put up for competition because, Lilley reported, it supposedly related to “Consulting Services Regarding Matters of a Confidential Nature”.

“A confidential nature.

“As such, Lilley wasn’t told why ‘McCarthy Tetrault’ was handed this sole-sourced, “confidential” sweetheart deal. We did figure out the math about the cost, however. Lilley worked it out.

[The] $5.3 million fee is for a contract that lasts just 251 days. That works out to $21,198.27 for each day of the contract. If we assumed a 10-hour work day, that would mean McCarthy’s is billing out at $2,119 per hour.”

“Read that again: $2,119 an hour. Considering that the standard rate is $235 an hour, this contract is an obscenity.

“(Full disclosure: I know the usual hourly rate because that is what I was periodically paid to work with ‘First Nations’ for ‘Liberal’ and ‘Conservative’ Prime Ministers as a Ministerial Special Representative – until I was terminated by Inquiry champion Carolyn Bennett, without explanation and over the objections of officials, immediately following the October 2015 general election.)

“More than two thousand dollars an hour. As the Minister of Justice’s Dad said, this “inquiry” was and is a farce. It should make everyone sick.

“After this writer condemned the contract online, a spokesperson for the inquiry wrote to the ‘Hill Times’. The spokesperson wrote that the contract is for “the electronic processing and analysis” of documents by a little-known ‘McCarthy Tetrault’ business arm. As in, documents provided by witnesses.

“Get that? We are paying millions for some clerks to “process documents”. Not even professional legal advice.

“As Lilley put it:

For too long, the families at the centre of this inquiry have had to push for answers on their loved ones. They shouldn’t need to push for answers on this [sole-sourced contract] as well.”

“Will Carolyn Bennett give us answers?

“Don’t hold your breath.”

–‘IS THIS WORTH $2,119 AN HOUR?’,
Warren Kinsella, 04.16.2018

http://warrenkinsella.com/2018/04/column-is-this-worth-2119-an-hour/
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“The questions I sent to the media and communications team were quite simple and straightforward, yet after giving them 9 days to respond, nothing. Here are those questions.

1. This contract appears to be sole sourced, is that accurate and if so, why was it sole sourced?
2. What kind of legal services are required by the inquiry that could not be conducted by the thousands of lawyers on staff at Justice?
3. What is being done for this $5 million over eight months?

“Now, there is nothing illegal about an inquiry like this giving out a contract on a sole sourced basis, that is a power they have under the inquiry act but if we are paying the money, we should know why it was sole sourced.

“There is also the question as to why the hundreds upon hundreds of government lawyers already on staff could not have been assigned to do this work. The Justice Department literally employs hundreds of lawyers and assigns them to work with government departments, agencies, etc…”

–‘Bay Street law firm cashes in big time on MMIWG Inquiry’,
Brian Lilley, April 11, 2018

http://brianlilley.com/bat-street-law-firm-cashes-in-big-time-on-mmiwg-inquiry/

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1 Comment

  1. The lawyers are the only ones who gain in any legal participation. And they are probably laughing at the ignorance and non acceptance of those involved with MMIWG knowing that they are being used. Healing will not happen as long as the reality of why their people are missing and/or murdered/commit suicide are not realized and the RCMP aren’t given credit for their intensive investigation and reports!! Denial is bliss, so is ignorance but does it have to be stupid too??

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