Published:January 8, 2022
Former Calgary fringe mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston has been returned to Calgary after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Jan. 4.
Johnston had been seeking asylum in the U.S . after warrants for his arrest had been issued in both Alberta and Ontario.
His lawyer Ian McCuaig confirmed he had been transported to Calgary.
“Beyond that, there’s been no court appearances, to my knowledge there’s been no formal new charges laid — although I think anyone with common sense can anticipate there will be,” he said in an interview with Postmedia on Saturday.
The anti-masker and online radio show host had been serving a 40-day weekend-only sentence in Alberta for contempt, for breaching three court orders that he comply with public health measures such as masking during the third wave of COVID-19.
He did not show up to Calgary Remand Centre for the final weekend of his sentence, claiming he had been attacked by seven people, two of them armed, outside of his studio. He said in a statement on his online radio show that there is “an order for death on my head,” claiming the government is using Antifa to attack him over his conservative and Christian views.
“My life is completely and totally in danger, it seems to be, in the hands of the governments that be in Canada,” he said. “The trip I took almost killed me to seek political asylum in the United States.”
He had arranged with supporters in the U.S. to seek political asylum and attempted a 12-hour hike across the Canada-U.S. border from Saskatchewan into Montana when he got caught in a snow storm. U.S.-based YouTuber April LaJune said she had received a call from him, that he had gone missing near the border.
U.S. Border Patrol agents were brought in and detained him.
According to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website: “Currently, the United States has a safe third country agreement with Canada that does not apply to you if you are applying for asylum affirmatively with USCIS. The Agreement only applies in Credible Fear Screenings.”
It is unclear if he had gone through the Credible Fear Screenings process, while the U.S. Border Patrol would not confirm if he had declared his intentions to seek asylum.
Johnston also failed to turn himself in at Toronto courthouse this past Tuesday when he was to begin serving an 18-month sentence for contempt of court for repeatedly defaming a local restaurateur.