Casey Madu should resign as Alberta’s justice minister, opposition justice critic Irfan Sabir says after news broke on Monday that Edmonton’s police chief received a distracted driving ticket to discuss the circumstances around him. called to.
“Minister KC Madu should resign,” the NDP MLA said in a news release issued on Monday afternoon. “It is completely unacceptable for the Attorney General to engage with senior law enforcement regarding the penalties imposed against him.”
Global News has contacted Madu’s office for comment on the matter. CBC News First broke the story about both the ticket and the phone call to Chief Dale McPhee.
In a statement released to Global News, the Edmonton Police Service confirmed that Madu was given a distracted driving ticket on March 10, 2021, however, further details about the incident were not disclosed.
An EPS spokesperson said, “Minister Madu was concerned about the traffic stop.” “To be clear, he did not ask the chief to cancel the ticket.
“The ticket remains valid and was issued correctly.”
Global News has got a copy of the ticket issued by Madu. One part of the ticket read “Description”, an officer wrote in “Distracted Driving – Cellphone”. The ticket says the alleged crime happened at 9:25 a.m. in a school area.
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“Regular Alberta drivers do not have the ability to call their local police chief and discuss traffic tickets,” Sabir said. “Madu used his position as minister to start this conversation, and whether he has asked the chief to cancel the ticket, it is political interference for him that he has discussed all this.
“There is a long standing parliamentary precedent which prohibits such behaviour. It is unfair for any cabinet minister to interfere in the administration of justice, even more so when it is directly related to his own personal interest, And it is completely unacceptable when there is interference, but the Attorney General.
Political scientist says Madu should resign or be removed from office
Duane Bratt, a political scientist at Mount Royal University in Calgary, said the call to McPhee not only raises concerns, but tickets.
“The ticket itself is bad,” he told Global News. “It’s because you’re the minister of justice. The Alberta government has talked about the importance of distracted driving and the penalties for distracted driving.”
However, Bratt said the phone call is the most problematic part of what he’s heard about the events in question.
“Crown ministers – especially a justice minister – don’t call judges (and) they don’t call police chiefs,” he said. “(a) huge power imbalance (when the minister calls the police chief).
“He has to step down. Either he has to resign on his own or (Premier) Jason Kenny needs to sack him. You can’t behave like that.”
Bratt said that if Madu steps down or is sacked from his ministerial position, there are “a lot of moving parts to be made” by such developments.
“In the cabinet, if you have a senior minister, it completely reshuffles,” he said.
“Either he (Madu) was unaware that this was unfair treatment – which is bad, for a justice minister not knowing that he should not interfere in the judicial system like this – or he knew it and had to Just didn’t care, and it’s even worse.”
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