The federal government spent over $130,000 in legal fees in its attempt to bar True North from covering its leaders’ debates during last year’s federal election.

According to information obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter, the Leaders’ Debates Commission and the Department of Justice spent a combined $131,281 on legal fees fighting against True North’s and Rebel News’ successful court action to report on the government-run debates.

The Department of Justice was represented in court by in-house counsel, though the Leaders’ Debates Commission hired a Bay St. law firm to take up its case.