People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier to plead not guilty to COVID-19 charges: lawyer
Bernier arrested in Manitoba summer 2021 after attending rallies in rural communities south of Winnipeg
A lawyer for People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier says Bernier will plead not guilty to charges of violating COVID-19 restrictions.
Alex Steigerwald told court Tuesday that he and a Crown attorney are working toward trial dates in the future, but no dates have been set so far.
The case is also being transferred to Winnipeg from St. Pierre-Jolys because courtrooms in the provincial capital are larger and more dates are available.
Bernier was arrested last June and charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba's requirement to self-isolate upon entering the province.
He was beginning a three-day tour of Manitoba at the time and was pulled over after rallies in rural communities south of Winnipeg.
A spokesman for the People's Party of Canada called the arrest political repression.