Maxime Bernier s court case pushed back in Manitoba

Maxime Bernier s court case pushed back in Manitoba
ST. PIERRE-JOLYS -- People s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier s court case in Manitoba has been adjourned until late August.

On Tuesday morning during Bernier s first court date in St. Pierre-Jolys, Man., provincial judge Sidney Lerner agreed to adjourn the matter to August 24 while Crown attorneys and Bernier s lawyers disclose information with each other.

Bernier was arrested by RCMP in Manitoba on June 11, interrupting his Mad Max Manitoba Tour that included him speaking at several anti-restriction rallies throughout the southern parts of the province.

RCMP charged Bernier with contravening a provision of the Public Health Act for assembling in a gathering at an outdoor public place and failing to self-isolate when coming to Manitoba.

The charge has not been tested in court.

Bernier was later released after being detained by St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP for eight hours and paying a cash bail of $1,000. He also had to promise not to break any Manitoba laws.

While Bernier did not appear in court on Tuesday, Alberta-based lawyer Stephen Whitehead represented Bernier in court via teleconference.

Whitehead told the court Bernier will also be represented in court by Leighton Grey a senior partner at Alberta-based law firm Grey Wowk Spencer LLP.

A spokesperson for the People s Party of Canada told CTV News these lawyers were retained by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms to represent Bernier on its behalf.
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