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Kennedy Stewart pleads guilty to criminal contempt of court linked to Kinder Morgan protests

MPs Elizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart join protesters at Kinder Morgan facility.
MPs Elizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart join protesters at Kinder Morgan facility. Global News

UPDATE: 11:15 p.m. — Kennedy Stewart issued a statement on his Facebook page talking about how the charge against him was changed from civil to criminal contempt, meaning his case would be overseen by a special prosecutor instead of lawyers working for Kinder Morgan.

Burnaby South MP Kennedy Stewart has pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt of court after being arrested while protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby facility.

Stewart was fined $500 on Monday under an agreement reached with a special prosecutor.

READ MORE: B.C. MPs Elizabeth May, Kennedy Stewart arrested at Kinder Morgan facility

Stewart announced last week that he is running to become the mayor of Vancouver. He is in the process of stepping down as a member of parliament.

Elizabeth May was also charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order to stay away from the Trans Mountain work site in Burnaby.

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LISTEN: Kennedy Stewart pleads guilty to criminal contempt of court

The two MPs were among dozens of people who were arrested on March 23 for coming within five metres of Kinder Morgan’s site where it is working on the pipeline expansion.

WATCH HERE: B.C. MP Kennedy Stewart on why he is protesting at Kinder Morgan facility

B.C. MP Kennedy Stewart on why he is protesting at Kinder Morgan facility
B.C. MP Kennedy Stewart on why he is protesting at Kinder Morgan facility

May has not yet entered a plea in the case and her next court appearance will be on May 28.