Monday, May 17, 2010

And here is where we juxtapose...

Consider the treatment of Richard Colvin's legal fees, which he was legally entitled to have paid but needed the help of a vigorous public campaign to obtain a final commitment to get them paid:
The lawyer for Richard Colvin, a former senior diplomat with Canada's mission in Afghanistan, says the Conservative government seems to be retaliating for Colvin's testimony on prisoner torture by withholding payment of legal fees.

In a letter sent Monday to the Military Police Complaints Commission, Colvin's lawyer, Owen Rees, says the government hasn't responded to fee payment requests since Colvin testified before the Commons special committee on Afghanistan in November and is "impeding" his ability to act as a witness in the commission's investigation.
Following that public appeal and the political pressure that ensued, the government relented.

Contrast the above with the report of the Privy Council Office backdating over budget legal expenses for unknown persons:
A newly released audit has found officials in the Privy Council Office improperly "backdated" approvals for legal expenses that ran over budget at the Oliphant Commission.

"The legal counsel did not provide advance notice ... that additional time would be needed until the legal counsel had already exceeded the original allotted time for preparation of hearings," says the internal report.

Officials then date-stamped their after-the-fact approval back to the date the legal fees actually ran over budget. The same thing happened again, and again approval was improperly backdated.
(h/t a little birdie)