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Ottawa spent $2.2 million in legal fees for maternity, sickness benefits lawsuit

- By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Ottawa: The government’s legal bill to fight a group of mothers who say they were wrongfully denied sickness benefits continues to rise as the woman at the centre of the battle waits for the Liberals to fulfil a campaign pledge to end the case. Newly released figures show the federal government has spent more than $2.2 million in legal fees fighting a class-action lawsuit involving Calgary mother Jennifer McCrea and thousands of other women who say they were wrongly were denied sick benefits while they were on maternity leave. Most of the money, $2.06 million, was spent by the federal Justice Department with a further $176,377 estimated to have been spent at Employment and Social Developmen­t Canada.

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