Jonathan Denis resigns as justice minister amid 'legal proceedings'

Alberta's Justice Minister has resigned following "legal proceedings" involving his estranged wife, Premier Jim Prentice announced Saturday.

Denis says he will continue to run as PC candidate for Calgary-Acadia

Justice Minister Jonathan Denis has resigned from his role following "legal proceedings," according to Premier Jim Prentice. (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.

Alberta's Justice Minister has resigned following "legal proceedings" involving his estranged wife.

Jonathan Denis announced his resignation Saturday, saying it stemmed from "a court action involving a personal family matter" which meant it "would not be appropriate" to continue in his cabinet role.

"My wife and I have had difficulties in our marriage over the last several months," he wrote in a release.

"I am very saddened by these recent circumstances. This is a very difficult time for my family and I, and I would ask for respect for our privacy on this matter while it's being resolved."

The statement came minutes after a similar announcement from Premier Jim Prentice, who said he asked for Denis to step aside.

"Given the involvement of the courts, I have asked for and received the resignation of the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General," Prentice wrote.

Prentice refused a request from CBC News to comment further on the matter.

Denis said despite his resignation from cabinet, he would continue to run as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Calgary-Acadia, a seat he has held since 2008. 

Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has stepped in to take over Denis' cabinet role.



To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversationCreate account

Already have an account?