Saskatchewan's top doctor says people don't have a right to protest at his home

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REGINA — Saskatchewan's top doctor says he believes there are limits to where people can protest after a handful of demonstrators unhappy with COVID-19 restrictions showed up outside his home.

Chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says while people can go to public spaces like legislatures to stage their frustration, he doesn't believe they have the right to protest at someone's private residence.

Premier Scott Moe says his government has offered security to Shahab after police were called to his house on the weekend to respond to protesters who had gathered nearby.

Moe says it's up to police in Regina to investigate and decide whether to lay any charges.

The premier says the demonstration crossed a line between protesting government decisions around COVID-19 and the privacy of a person, his family and his neighbours.

He says his Saskatchewan Party government is looking at what options exist to address protests at the homes of public servants.

"We have been starting to look at what other jurisdictions have in place with respect to some of the laws that they have, and looking at whether or not we should consider those here," he said during a briefing Tuesday.

Moe said he wasn't sure what options the government has to address what happened, since streets and sidewalks are public property.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2021

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press