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Pre-trial conference for Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum held in Prince George

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A court hearing is being held Monday for Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum on his public mischief charge and it comes on the same day Surrey council is set to debate a motion to pause ethics complaints during the civic election. Andrea Macpherson has the story. UPDATE: Doug McCallum’s public mischief case has been adjourned to April 14 – Apr 11, 2022

A pre-trial conference for Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum was held Monday in a Prince George courtroom.

Details of the conference have not been disclosed but the BC Prosecution Service said the hearing proceeded Monday and the matter has now been adjourned until April 14 to fix a trial date.

McCallum has not yet entered a plea for the public mischief charge he is facing.

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He was charged on Dec. 10, 2021, 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.

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.”

McCallum will ultimately face a five-day trial in the matter.

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