Law Society of Alberta to hold hearing into Shandro’s conduct

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Former health minister Tyler Shandro will face a hearing to decide whether he breached the Law Society of Alberta’s code of conduct.

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In 2020, Shandro made headlines for confronting a Calgary doctor in his driveway on a social media postobtain personal phone numbers through Alberta Health Services to call at least one doctor and email someone who has tried to contact a company run by Shandro’s wife.

While Shandro is now minister of labor and immigration following a cabinet reshuffle in September, the ethics committee of three members of the bar will investigate complaints about the three incidents that occurred while Shandro was minister of Health, including the allegation that Shandro “attended the private residence of a member of the public, (and) behaved inappropriately by engaging in conduct that damages the reputation of the profession”.

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A second quote alleges that Shandro used his position as Minister of Health “to obtain personal mobile phone numbers, contacted one or more members of the public outside normal working hours using this information”.

A third alleges that Shandro “responded to an email from a member of the public addressed to his wife by threatening to refer that person to the authorities if they did not direct future correspondence to his office as Minister of Health “.

If the panel finds that Shandro’s conduct warrants punishment, he could be reprimanded, fined, suspended, disbarred or ordered to pay the hearing fee.

Law Society spokeswoman Colleen Brown said in a statement that the society has decided to send the subpoenas to a hearing on January 28, although no date has yet been set for the virtual hearing. . According to the company lead the processonce a complaint has been reviewed, it may be dismissed or referred to a practice review committee or ethics committee.

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Joseph Dow, Shandro’s press secretary, did not respond to questions about whether Shandro would resign from the firm if faced with sanctions, but said in an email that anyone with concerns about an attorney can file a complaint with the Law Society of Alberta.

He said that two years ago, an anonymous social media account posted an article encouraging the public to file complaints with the bar.

“Minister Shandro looks forward to resolving the matter through the Law Society of Alberta’s complaints process,” said Mr. Dow.

Premier Jason Kenney’s office did not respond to questions about whether Shandro would be asked to resign if sanctioned, NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley told the minister on Friday expected to be asked to resign. withdraw in the light of quotes. The NDP called for Shandro’s resignation in 2020 following the incidents that are now under investigation by the Law Society.

“It’s sort of a permanent position for us that this minister is not really equipped to function in cabinet,” Notley said.

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