Harrison Says ADR Less Efficient Than Gun Registry

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 14:50



Northern Saskatchewan’s Member of Parliament continues to criticize the government’s Alternative Dispute Resolution process for residential school abuse claims.


Jeremy Harrison is a vice-chair of a Commons committee that’s probing the program this week.


Harrison says the Opposition parties have known for awhile that most of the money for the ADR process goes into administration, but got confirmation of that in yesterday’s hearing.


Harrison says they learned that, of the $125 million spent on the program so far, less than $1 million has been paid out in settlements – a figure that he says makes it even less efficient than the beleaguered gun registry.


Harrison says it’s clear the Aboriginal community has not bought into the government’s idea for handling these claims, since only 400 victims have even bothered to give it a try.