The RCMP says Jeremy MacKenzie’s arrest was unaffected by Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre’s request that the Mounties investigate comments about his wife.
The founder of the online group “Diagolon” was arrested Wednesday in Cole Harbour, NS, on a Canada-wide arrest warrant related to charges laid by the Mounties in Saskatchewan in July.
MacKenzie was charged with assault, aiming a firearm, mischief and careless use of a restricted weapon after police received a report of an alleged assault near Viscount, Sask., in November 2021.
Poilievre said Monday he had asked the RCMP to look into “disgusting” comments MacKenzie made during a weekend livestream about sexually abusing his wife, Anaida Poilievre.
In a statement, the RCMP said an arrest warrant in Saskatchewan for MacKenzie’s arrest on Sept. 21, five days before Poilievre’s request, was changed to a Canada-wide arrest warrant.
The RCMP says the process of extending that order took nearly two weeks as prosecutors had to collect documents from police in Quebec and Nova Scotia.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 29, 2022.