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Jonathan Denis appears in Calgary courtroom with estranged wife

Jonathan Denis, who recently resigned as Alberta's justice minister, appeared in a Calgary courtroom today with his estranged wife for another in-camera hearing.

'My client looks forward to having this matter resolved,' says lawyer of former justice minister

Premier Jim Prentice announced last weekend that Jonathan Denis resigned from his role as Alberta's justice minister following "legal proceedings." (CBC)

UPDATE added June 19, 2020: In a Feb. 23, 2019 court ruling, Justice John Rooke found there was no basis for the allegations against Jonathan Denis. The judge ruled Denis' ex-wife Breanna Palmer "lied to the court" and there was no evidence to suggest Palmer had ever been abused by Jonathan Denis.


Jonathan Denis, who recently resigned as Alberta's justice minister, appeared in a Calgary courtroom today with his estranged wife for another in-camera hearing.

A court order was granted by a provincial court judge but the details remain protected by a publication ban.

After meeting behind closed doors for about two hours today, Denis' lawyer Jeff Wise stopped briefly outside the courthouse to address the media.

"My client looks forward to having this matter resolved," said Wise.

Denis was forced to resign as justice minister after the premier learned of his cabinet minister's "court action involving a private family matter."

Sources tell CBC News that Calgary police were called to the couple's home earlier this month.

No charges were laid. Denis remains the PC candidate in Calgary-Acadia.

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