| 19 June 2024, Wednesday |

Canadian finance minister, who does not own a car, fined for speeding

A spokesperson for Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday that she was fined C$273 ($200) for speeding in her home province of Alberta.

Freeland was caught driving 132 km/h (82 mph) between Grande Prairie and Peace River and has paid the fine in full, according to her spokesperson Katherine Cuplinskas.

The news was first broken by the Counter Signal website.

Cuplinskas did not say when the incident occurred and what the speed limit had been on that stretch of road. The maximum speed limit on Alberta highways is 110 km/hr.

Freeland is a legislator who represents a parliamentary constituency in central Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and is often photographed on her bike.

“A fact that still shocks my dad is that I don’t actually own a car,” she told reporters last month.

“I walk, I take the subway. My kids walk and ride their bikes and take the subway – it’s actually healthier for our family,” she said.

  • Reuters