OTTAWA —The Harper Conservatives have spent no less than $6.5 million defending high profile and contentious pieces of legislation ultimately deemed unconstitutional, recently disclosed documents show.
But that sum only tells the beginning of the story, said one criminal defence lawyer.
The $6.5 million price tag was arrived at after Liberal MP Scott Simms asked six ministers to release how much they’d spent fighting 16 specific constitutional court challenges.
The government lost each of the challenges at various levels of court, said Michael Spratt, partner at Abergel Goldstein & Partner in Ottawa.
“But they do not represent all the losses,” he said. “That is the tip of the iceberg for this government defending