Premier of Alberta, Canada backtracks on amnesty for lockdown violators

Premier of Alberta, Canada backtracks on amnesty for lockdown violators

Premier of Alberta, Canada backtracks on amnesty for lockdown violators

Alberta Conservative Premier Danielle Smith has reneged on earlier promises to grant amnesty to those fined under coronavirus pandemic restrictions, angering some.

Prime Minister Smith, the leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP), has reneged on his earlier promise to seek amnesty for those fined under previous coronavirus restrictions, and has also been accused of having attempted to interfere with the justice system.

Smith said Thursday she had asked Crown prosecutors and the Justice Department to review all charges to determine whether or not they would lead to a conviction and whether they were in the public interest, but did not not stated that she would ask for a general amnesty, the national post reports.

A Department of Justice spokesperson, however, claimed Prime Minister Smith had not even spoken to Crown prosecutors, saying: “To suggest otherwise could undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.” The Prime Minister had met to discuss the prosecutions at a high level with the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General.

Alberta pastor Artur Pawlowski, who was arrested during the pandemic for breaking restrictions, expressed anger at the premier’s apparent U-turn on amnesty, comparing her to former Alberta premier Jason Kenney, who presided over the province when the restrictions were in place.

“That’s what I was hoping Danielle Smith would do. Well, I’m under no illusions anymore. I get it, I get it Danielle – you’re a Kenney 2.0. We’re not going to hope with you, we have to change this government,” Pawlowski said at a rally outside the Alberta Legislative Assembly in Edmonton.

The throwback comes after Prime Minister Smith criticized the treatment of unvaccinated people last October after becoming prime minister.

“[The unvaccinated] were the most discriminated against group I have ever seen in my life,” she said.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a situation in my life where someone was fired from their job or wasn’t allowed to watch their kids play hockey or wasn’t allowed to visit a loved one. in long-term care or hospital, not allowed to board a plane across the country to see family or even cross the border,” Premier Smith added.

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