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Kaycee Madu says he understands why Alberta’s Prime Minister Jason Kenney replaced him as Attorney General after Madu called Edmonton’s police chief about a traffic fine.

Madu says he did not call Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee to have the $ 300 distracted ticket canceled, but understands why people might be worried about the call.

“Now with hindsight, I can see how it can be perceived,” Madu wrote in a series of tweets late Tuesday.

“There’s a saying that perception is everything in politics, and I’m sorry I raised the issue with Chief McFee at all.

“I paid the ticket in full and quickly.”

Edmonton police have confirmed that Madu has never asked to have her ticket canceled.

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The ticket on March 10 and the subsequent phone call appeared in a CBC report on Monday. Kenney announced that evening on social media that he had suspended Madu from his legal duties pending an investigation.

Kenney said the investigation by an independent third party would determine “whether there was interference in the administration of justice.”


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Kenney deprives Alberta of Attorney General of duties and orders investigation to summon police chief for a traffic fine

It is not clear whether Madu will remain in government as minister without portfolio or is now part of the United Conservatives’ caucus hinterland.

Justin Brattinga, Kenney’s spokesman, did not respond to an email request for clarification of Madu’s status or for an update on the investigation. He also did not respond to emails Tuesday asking when Kenney and his advisers were first made aware of Madu’s phone calls to the boss.

Kenney and Madu have not spoken or asked questions publicly about the case.

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Critics, including opposition NDP member Irfan Sabir, say it is clear Madu abused his political authority simply by taking the phone to call McFee.

Sabir said Madu should be fired as justice minister and said Kenney has to take questions about who knew what and when.

“(Madu) tweets at 10:30 at night because he does not want to answer questions about his stories and what the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues were first informed about,” Sabir said on Wednesday.

“We need to know who knew and why no one did anything. Why does this come out after 10 months?

“If someone knew and did nothing, what does it really say about the government?”


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Former UCP lawmaker Drew Barnes said Kenney’s decision to leave Madu in limbo stands in stark contrast to other members of the cabinet and caucus, including himself, who were forced out after challenging Kenney’s policies and leadership.

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“It clearly shows the level of favoritism and camaraderie under which the Kenney government operates,” said Barnes, who now sits as an independent in the House.

“Here is a minister who clearly broke a long-standing principle in Westminster democracies around the world and should have been removed from government immediately.”

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Madu reiterated in his tweet string that he called the boss to make sure he was not targeted by the police because he is black or because he is in a high-profile government position. He said McFee told him that was not the case.

Madu also questioned the circumstances surrounding the ticket. He said that while he was getting a ticket to drive while on his phone, his phone was in a pocket inside his jacket.

Both Barnes and Sabir questioned what the study would look into, as both Madu and McFee agree on the salient facts.

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