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Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum headed for five-day trial on public mischief charge

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Doug McCallum was not in court Tuesday to face public mischief charges, but his lawyers were, and they say a trial will likely run five days. But that may not happen until after the municipal election in the fall. Protestors also showed up to continue their campaign to get the mayor to pay his legal expenses. Catherine Urquhart reports. – Mar 8, 2022

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum did not appear in court Tuesday morning, but both Crown and his defence are in agreement that they will ultimately request a five-day trial on his charge of public mischief.

The matter was put over to Friday morning, where a date will be fixed for a pre-trial conference.

McCallum was charged on Dec. 10, stemming from an investigation into his claims that someone ran over his foot at a Save-On-Foods parking lot during an altercation with opponents of the city’s police transition last September.

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His defence lawyer told the court McCallum will not be entering a plea at this time as they are waiting for “outstanding information.”

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The mayor, who has said he will seek re-election in the fall, has declined all comment on the case while it is before the courts.

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McCallum has retained one of the priciest defence lawyers in Vancouver: Richard Peck, who also defended Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou from a United States extradition request.

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, public mischief includes “making a false statement that accuses some other person of having committed an offence.”

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Surrey Mayor McCallum faces public mischief charge in court

– with files from Erin Ubels and Elizabeth McSheffrey

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