Government spent more than $213K defending Seamus O’Regan in small claims court


Veterans advocate says he’s surprised by how far the government will go to avoid admitting error. The legal cost of defending Liberal cabinet minister Seamus O’Regan in a small claims court defamation case launched by a veterans advocate has now topped $213,500, according to a document tabled in the Senate. The figure, compiled by Justice Minister David Lametti’s office, was released recently by Sen. Marc Gold, the government’s representative in the Senate, following an exchange last spring with Conservative Sen. Don Plett. It captures the cost of litigation and support services delivered by the government lawyers and staff who worked on the lawsuit launched two years ago by Sean Bruyea, a former air force intelligence officer.

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