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Former Alberta cabinet minister cited by law society for alleged misconduct

Then-Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis comments on the Auditor General's August 2014 Special Duty Report on the Expenses of the Office of Premier Redford and Alberta's Air Transportation Services Program, in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday Aug 7, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson) Then-Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis comments on the Auditor General's August 2014 Special Duty Report on the Expenses of the Office of Premier Redford and Alberta's Air Transportation Services Program, in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday Aug 7, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)
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A former Alberta cabinet minister has been cited by the province's law society for alleged professional misconduct.

The Law Society of Alberta has posted two citations on its website for Calgary lawyer Jonathan Denis.

He served two terms as a member of the legislative assembly in Alberta and held several cabinet positions – including as minister of justice. 

Denis returned to the private sector after losing his seat in the 2015 election and started the Guardian Law Group.

One of the citations alleges that Denis acted for a client while in a conflict of interest.

The second alleges that he threatened to make a complaint to a regulatory authority in an attempt to gain a benefit for a client.

A hearing date has not been set.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 31, 2023.

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