Thursday, June 13, 2024

Interference scandal: Alleging defamation, Smith to file lawsuit

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith fired back at allegations of her interference with the province’s justice system since she took office, calling them “inaccurate, misleading and likely defamatory reporting,” and said legal action will soon be taken.

Speaking at an announcement about the government’s plan to make it easier for international workers to come to Alberta – the first time she’s been available to the media in some time – Smith said she’s “been clear” that she nor anyone in her office have contacted any Alberta Crown prosecutor.

“Alberta’s Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed this to be true,” she said. “To continue saying or suggesting otherwise, is malicious.

The statement comes after a video was posted last week of her phone call with Artur Pawlowski, a Calgary street pastor who is on trial for charges connected to last year’s border blockade in Coutts, Alta.

During the conversation, Smith is heard telling Pawlowski that one of her goals since becoming premier was to address COVID-related charges against Albertans.

She also told him that there is no mechanism for her to force “them to drop cases.”

The statement comes after a video was posted last week of her phone call with Artur Pawlowski, a Calgary street pastor who is on trial for charges connected to last year’s border blockade in Coutts, Alta.

During the conversation, Smith is heard telling Pawlowski that one of her goals since becoming premier was to address COVID-related charges against Albertans.

She also told him that there is no mechanism for her to force “them to drop cases.”

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