Two of the four men who were arrested in February 2022 in Coutts, Alberta, accused of conspiracy to commit murder and mischief, have been released from prison.
On Tuesday, the Crown dismissed conspiracy to commit murder of police officers and mischief charges against Chris Lysak and Jerry Morin, reaching a plea deal with both on minor firearms charges. The charges the two men pleaded guilty to were never part of the original indictment that led to the arrest of the Coutts Four.
Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick remain in prison and will resume pre-trial hearings on February 20.
I spoke with Gord Magill, who has been covering the case at Newsweek and writes on Substack at, and journalist , who has been covering the story on her podcast, Trish Wood is Critical, about what the release of the two prisoners means and what comes next. During our call, Olienick serendipitously calls Gord from prison, and we’re able to hear an inspiring message from one of Trudeau’s political prisoners.
This conversation originally aired live on YouTube on February 8, 2024.