01/23/2013 06:50 EST | Updated 03/25/2013 05:12 EDT

Idle No More: Jonathan Denis Says He Won't Guide Forces On Protests


EDMONTON - Alberta's top law enforcement official says he won't tell police forces how to handle aboriginal protests and blockades.

But Solicitor General and Justice Minister Jonathan Denis says he made sure police chiefs know that many people are unhappy about the Idle No More protests that have blocked or slowed traffic on the province's roads.

Denis says he spoke by phone to the chiefs in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as the head of the RCMP in Alberta.

He made the calls after remarks last week in which he said he was angry at demonstrators on Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton.

Denis says he told the chiefs that the province may be willing to provide more resources to deal with such protests in the future.

He also says he told them he's received more than 200 callers angry that protesters were able to slow traffic on Alberta's main road axis — more calls than he's received on any other single issue.

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