The legal opinion the government received on triggering emergency powers is protected

Justice Minister David Lametti has defended his government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to deal with anti-public health measure protests last winter — but wouldn’t expand on the legal opinion the government received, citing solicitor-client privilege.

Cameron said the commission’s lawyers have “attempted to find a way to lift the veil that has made such a black box of what has turned out to be a central issue before the hearing.”

“We just regret that it ends up being an absence of transparency on the part of the government in this proceeding.”