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Alberta justice minister wants pepper spray allowed for self-defence

Last Updated Jul 22, 2021 at 2:01 pm MDT

Minister of Justice Kaycee Madu speaks after a peaceful anti-racism rally in Red Deer turned violent. (PHOTO: Courtney Theriault, CityNews)

EDMONTON – Alberta’s justice minister wants to tweak the criminal code to allow people to more easily protect themselves in self-defence situations.

Minister Kaycee Madu says he wants people, especially those at risk of being targeted in hate-motivated crimes, to be allowed to carry pepper spray.

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He’s written a letter to the federal government, asking it to change the criminal code of conduct to allow the use of pepper spray in self-defense incidents where you’re at serious risk of imminent danger.


Not everyone agrees with the justice minister, though.

The head of the Edmonton Police Association says there are concerns that if people carry pepper spray, we could see it being used on a regular basis causing more incidents.

The association also believes it could be used on police officers.


Madu is also urging Ottawa to impose mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of hate-motivated crimes.