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Alberta prosecutors win injunction to block salary ‘sunshine list’ for safety reasons

An Edmonton judge has granted an injunction preventing the Alberta government from publishing the specific salaries of Crown prosecutors on a so-called sunshine list.

Court of Queen's Bench Judge Doreen Sulyma has ruled that giving out such information could jeopardize the prosecutors' right to safety and security under the charter.

On Friday, the province plans to release details of compensation for all government employees with base salaries of $100,000 or higher as part of pledge to be more open and accountable.

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Paul Moreau, the lawyer for one of the prosecutors, had argued that salaries tied to the names of prosecutors is one more toehold for others to seek them out to harm them or steal their identities.

But Greg Harding, the lawyer for the province, argued the injunction is a grossly excessive and dangerous remedy given that names and salary ranges are already published for prosecutors.

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