Taxpayers will foot the bill for Harper’s lawyer in Guergis lawsuit


The federal government has hired a private lawyer at taxpayers’ expense to represent the prime minister and three other people in a lawsuit brought by former Tory cabinet minister Helena Guergis, according to Postmedia News.

According to the report, instead of using a staff lawyer from the Department of Justice, the government hired one of Canada’s top litigation lawyers, Robert Staley, to represent Prime Minister Harper, the Conservative Party of Canada and other defendants in the case.

From Postmedia News:

Andrew MacDougall, Harper’s spokesman, said Tuesday that the prime minister’s “counsel is being paid the standard rate that would be paid to a DoJ (department of justice) lawyer.” He did not specify the amount of that rate.

He said part of the claim involves issues related to “membership in cabinet” – Harper turfed Guergis from cabinet – and that this “is outside of the areas DoJ counsel would typically be involved in.”

NDP MP Charlie Angus said he’s not convinced.

“It raises a flag with me,” he said Tuesday, noting there are already justice department lawyers on staff with the required expertise. “It’s troubling, because if we have competent, very qualified lawyers able to do it who are already on staff, why are we going to the private sector for outside lawyers? And can we be assured that they are not bringing in high-priced lawyers that are going to ding the taxpayer more?”

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Taxpayers will foot the bill for Harper’s lawyer in Guergis lawsuit

  1. Another example of how our politicians use our money free for their own purposes….lawyers fee’s, travel expenses, over time for drivers.

    Are cabinet ministers, etc….taking a pay cut or freezing their pay rates….not likely!

  2. The Cons parachuted “star” candidate Dr. Kellie Leitch into
    Helena Guergis’ old riding, Kellie is their puppet, her role is to privatize
    our national helath care system. They
    have been grooming her since she was 14 years old. Her dad Kit is a bigwig oil man in Alberta !!!!

    Here is a full length video of Dr. Leitch’s Ivey Centre
    Health Conference. It does a good job of
    speaking for itself, illuminating plans to privatize and commercialize our
    healthcare system.

    This plan has been in the works with financial backing ($5
    million) from PM Harper since 2009.



  3. Channeling Stockwell Day eh Prime Minister? It’s got be tiring any cost restraining voter to see our current lot spend like they’re vacationing in Sin City.

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