Alberta’s Justice Minister Kaycee Madu will ‘take a step back’ after calling police over the ticket, Prime Minister Jason Kenney said

Kaycee Madu will step down as justice minister, Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney said.JASON FRANSON / The Canadian Press

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has asked the province’s attorney general to “take a step back” after Kaycee Madu admitted calling Edmonton’s police chief after receiving a traffic ticket.

Mr. Kenney said on Twitter Monday night that Sonya Savage, the Secretary of Energy, will fill in for Mr. Madu while on leave. The prime minister said he would appoint an independent investigator to investigate whether Mr. Madu intervened in the trial.

Alberta’s Justice Minister Kaycee Madu called the police chief because of distracted driving licenses

The shock came after the CBC reported that Mr. Madu received a ticket for distracted driving in a school zone, and subsequently called Edmonton Police Service Chief Dale McFee. The traffic violation took place on March 10, 2021.

The Prime Minister said he conveyed his “deep disappointment” to Mr. Madu as he spoke to him about the incident. It is unclear when Mr. Kenney heard about the incident.

“Minister Madu told me that he did not ask for the ticket to be canceled, nor was it his intention to interfere in the matter, and that he immediately paid for the ticket,” Mr. Kenney on Twitter.

“I understand that Chief McFee has confirmed that the Minister at no time sought to have the ticket canceled.

“Nevertheless, it is important that the independent administration of justice is maintained. That is why I will appoint a respected independent investigator to review the relevant facts and determine if there was any interference in the administration of justice in this case.”

EPS confirmed in a statement Mr. Madus traffic violation and the subsequent phone call.

“Chief McFee received a phone call from Minister Madu in connection with a distracted driving fine he was issued on March 10, 2021,” EPS spokeswoman Cheryl Sheppard said in a statement. “Minister Madu was concerned about the connection with the traffic stop. To be clear, he did not ask the boss to revoke the ticket. The ticket remains valid and was issued correctly.”

Mr. Madu was fined $ 300 for using his cell phone in a school zone, according to the CBC report. The TV station said that Mr. Madu paid the fine before the end of the week it was issued.

Mr. Madu’s office did not respond to questions from The Globe and Mail. The Prime Minister’s Office did not respond to a message. Comments attributed to Mr. Madu, however, was given to other media.

In the statement circulated by journalists on social media, Mr. Madu that he was stopped on the morning of March 10, shortly after leaving his home. “The officer stated that he had observed me driving while distracted and claimed I was on my phone.

“I disagreed and said I was not on my phone as it was in an inside pocket,” he said in the statement.

Mr. Madu, the first black person to serve as Attorney General of Canada, said he later spoke with Chief McFee. The politician brought up the Lethbridge Police Service, where some members illegally carried out surveillance of former Environment and Park Minister Shannon Phillips while the NDP was in power. LPS also illegally conducted a database search on one of her employees.

“Because of the timing of the incident, I wanted to make sure I was not illegally monitored following the controversy surrounding the Lethbridge Police Service,” he said. Madu’s statement. “I also raised concerns about profiling racial minorities that were in the media at the time.”

Mr. Madu continued, “Chief McFee assured me that was absolutely not the case, and I accepted him at his word.”

Mr. Madu said that although he never asked for the ticket to be revoked, he regrets that he raised the issue and paid the fine immediately.

One and a half weeks after receiving the EPS ticket, Mr. Madu LPS less than a month to deliver an action plan or risk dissolution.

The NDP called on Mr. Madus resigned after the CBC published the story of the ticket and his interaction with the police chief.

“Ordinary Alberta drivers do not have the opportunity to call their local police chief and discuss traffic tickets,” Irfan Sabir, the legal critic, said in a statement. “Madu used his position as minister to start this conversation, and whether he asked the boss to cancel the ticket, it is political interference for him to have discussed it all.

‘There is a long-standing parliamentary precedent that bans this kind of behavior. “It is inappropriate for any cabinet minister to interfere in the administration of justice, even more so when it is directly related to their own personal self-interest,” said Mr. Sabir.

After Mr. Kenney announced plans to appoint an investigator and Mr. Madus leave, tweeted Mr. Sabir:

“Kaycee Madu admitted that he called and discussed his ticket with the police chief. That is wrong. What else is there to investigate? Trying to distract instead of taking responsibility?”

Devin Dreeshen resigned in November as Alberta’s agriculture and forestry minister, after the CBC reported allegations of violent drinking in his office, including passwords for employees to enter a locked room when liquor was flowing.

“I accept that my personal conduct with regard to alcohol has become an issue for the government as a whole,” wrote Mr. Dreeshen on Twitter back then. “I deeply regret that this is the case, but have decided that it is best for both myself and the province to resign my position and focus on my personal health and well-being.”

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