Saskatchewan. PM recuses himself from Order-in-Council pardoning parent’s traffic violation

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Premier Scott Moe has withdrawn from consideration of an order-in-council that pardoned dozens of people for provincial offences, including a family member.

Kris Moe, who confirms he is a relative of the Prime Minister but has not confirmed their relationship, was pardoned for driving through an amber light in or near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. on or around January 23, 2021, according to the decree signed by the prime minister last month.

The Canadian Press claims that Kris Moe is the Prime Minister’s brother, although Kris has not confirmed.

Kris says a police officer wrongly issued him a ticket and he was not in Prince Albert at the time.

“I phoned the officer and he said, ‘Oh, I screwed up’ and then whatever happened happened,” he said in an interview.

Kris Moe says he didn’t go to court because he didn’t know he had a ticket and wasn’t involved in the process to get a pardon.

Kris says he and the Prime Minister haven’t spoken about this incident.

“He’s just doing his job and names are coming up. I’ve been wrongly accused,” he said. “He would have done the same for any other civilian.”

The Prime Minister’s press secretary said Moe had withdrawn from considering the executive order.

“Pardons are granted annually based on the advice and recommendations of justice officials for approval by the Lieutenant Governor, which has been a long-standing practice in the province,” Julie Leggott wrote.

Noel Busse, a Justice Department spokesman, said the police department or an RCMP detachment recommends pardons for traffic violations. He said misidentifications were among four reasons police recommended a pardon.

“In each case, the actual offender identified himself to the peace officer as someone else at the time the ticket was issued. A subsequent police investigation revealed that a charge and conviction inappropriate allegations had been made against the wrong person,” Busse said in a statement. .

Other reasons include a police department or prosecutor inadvertently neglecting to withdraw a ticket, new information arising after ticket convictions, or an administrative error.

Political blogger – and media relations consultant who worked as a researcher for the provincial NDP – Tammy Robert first posted the executive order on her blog and expressed outrage at the situation.

“It’s completely beyond pale. And it’s amazing to me that there’s a suggestion of recusal when his signature is on the front of the document,” Roberts said.

“I think we need to understand exactly what he claims he recused himself from.”

Moe did not respond to CBC’s request for comment.

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