The costs were divulged as part of a Justice Ministry reply to an inquiry of the ministry posed by Alberta Conservative MP Dane Lloyd. Outside legal advice was sought by the Feds as part of the Liberal government's unprecedented use of the Emergencies Act against the Freedom Convoy in February 2022.
According to the reply from the Ministry:
This amount includes outside legal fees related to the Public Order Emergency Commission, which had a timeline compressed by statute.
The total amount mentioned in this response is based on information contained in Department of Justice systems, as of May 4, 2023.
The Liberals invoked the Emergencies Act, a never-before-used piece of counter-terrorism legislation, to end the weeks-long ant-mandate Freedom convoy protest in the nation's capital.
The Act permits the use of extraordinary policing powers, including asset and bank account seizures, arrests and detainments, and warrantless searches.