A judicial inquiry into use of emergency powers against the Freedom Convoy cost $17.5 million, new records show. The Privy Council to date has refused to disclose how much went to lawyers.

Public Accounts tabled in Parliament indicated total cost of the Public Order Emergency Commission was $17,478,831. Only a single line item was detailed, a $17,171 expense claim by Justice Paul Rouleau.

The Privy Council Office to date has refused an Access To Information request for details of payments and billable hours charged to various counsel. Eighteen lawyers were on the Commission staff while groups appearing at the inquiry were offered payments to offset legal costs.

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