CTV News Calgary has written an article about a case featuring Calgary lawyer Yoav Niv. The article talks about a CBC Calgary article reporting that a staffer from the premier’s office in Alberta, challenged Crown prosecutors via email on cases related to the Coutts border blockade and protests. The premier, Danielle Smith, has denied involvement or knowledge of the alleged email exchanges. Smith had previously said she had not been in direct contact with crown prosecutors but later clarified that she had only connected with attorney general Tyler Shandro and deputy attorney general Frank Bosscha regarding these cases. The protesters at Coutts had gathered in opposition to vaccine mandates related to federal pandemic rules, several charges were laid, and the cases are before the courts. The NDP has called for an independent investigation into the allegations made in the media report. Still, the premier’s office, the justice and solicitor general, and the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service deny any interference or improper correspondence.
The allegations of interference by a staffer from the premier’s office in the legal cases related to the Coutts border blockade and protests have not been independently verified. The premier’s and Alberta Crown prosecutor’s offices have denied the reports. The premier, Danielle Smith, has also clarified that she only had contact with the attorney general and deputy attorney general regarding these cases and not with crown prosecutors directly. The NDP has called for an independent investigation into the allegations. Still, the premier’s office and the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service have stated that they have no knowledge of any interference or improper correspondence. Political watchers have expressed concerns about the potential impact on public trust if the allegations are accurate and the matter is not adequately addressed.
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