Other Canadian politicians who have had a brush with crime and punishment

Sep 02, 2009 04:30 AM
Nick Kyonka
Left to right: John Snobelen, Randy Hillier and René Lévesque



JOHN SNOBELEN A cabinet minister in Mike Harris's government, Snobelen was arrested in 2007 after police found an unregistered handgun in his Milton-area home. The gun, he later testified, was inadvertently brought to Canada when he moved out of an Oklahoma ranch following his divorce in 2003. In April 2008, he was given an absolute discharge for two serious offences, including illegal possession of a firearm, after pleading guilty to lesser gun-related charges.

RANDY HILLIER Progressive Conservative MPP and former president of the Ontario Landowners Association, Hillier was arrested for trespassing in 2006 while protesting a conference in Cornwall about water quality. No charges were laid.

MICHAEL DAVISON The former MPP and Hamilton city councillor was arrested in 2004 after he asked a 16-year-old girl to show him her breasts. In 2005, after 33 days in jail, Davison plead guilty to harassment. He was given a conditional discharge and 12 months of probation.

WILL FERGUSON He was Bob Rae's energy minister in 1992 when the former guard at Grandview girls' reformatory in Cambridge was charged with helping a 16-year-old inmate escape from the school in 1973 and later having sex with her. He was found not guilty of all charges.

GORDON CAMPBELL Premier of British Columbia since 2001, Campbell was on vacation in Hawaii in 2003 when he was charged with drunk driving. His blood-alcohol level measured .149 – nearly twice the legal limit in B.C. or Hawaii. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was fined $913 (U.S.).

RENÉ LÉVESQUE The popular separatist leader was Quebec's premier when he ran over and killed a homeless man in Montreal in February 1977. Lévesque had been driving with an unknown female, and it was rumoured that the two had been drinking. No charges were laid.