ORANGEVILLE, Ont. — Former Alberta MP Rahim Jaffer plead guilty on Tuesday to a careless driving charge and was fined $500.
Jaffer, 37, was initially charged with cocaine possession and drunk driving stemming from an incident last September in Palgrave, Ont., about 60 kilometres north of Toronto.
Those charges were withdrawn by the Crown in an Orangeville courtroom Tuesday, Global News reported. The Crown said that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
“I’m sure you can recognize a break when you see one,” Justice Doug Maunder said.
Jaffer, who appeared in court, is married to Simcoe-Grey Conservative MP Helena Guergis.
He spoke outside the courtroom Tuesday and apologized for his careless behavior, and said he was relieved to be moving on.
Jaffer’s lawyer, Howard Rubel, said his client was never in any possession of drugs and did not drive under the influence.
Jaffer was first elected as an Alberta Conservative MP in 1997 but lost in his riding in 2008. He was well known for his tough stance on drugs and was the face of a number of Conservative radio public service announcements calling for strict penalties on drug dealers.