Calgarian Darin Udowicz said Thursday he only repeatedly contacted a senior government official to get the name of the man’s boss.
Udowicz told defence lawyer Kim Ross he had no intention to harass Peter Lemieux when he buried him in an avalanche of emails and calls.
Ross directed Udowicz to a Feb. 4, 2019 email he sent to Lemieux, after he was told his inquiries would no longer be dealt with by phone or email requests, except those to a specified address.
In it, Udowicz indicated he no longer wished to deal with Lemieux, the director of corporate security services for the Government of Alberta, suggesting he had a “severe conflict of interest.”
“I wish to deal with your direct supervisor and with an individual within the ministry of justice with a greater pay grade than yourself,” Udowicz wrote.
“That’s all I was ever trying to do with Mr. Lemieux at this point,” testified the Calgary man, who during the course of eight business days from Feb. 7-19, 2019 called the government official 129 times.
“Our relationship had broken down, I just wanted to get his supervisor’s name, that’s all.”
Udowicz is charged with conducting harassing communications.
He said a directive to use regular mail to make requests under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act was illegal.
Udowicz said it was the job of government officials to answer public inquiries regardless of how they came in.
Lemieux earlier testified Udowicz cost the province an estimated $250,000 just dealing with his complaints and constant FOIP requests.
Crown prosecutor Janice Walsh will apply Friday to call rebuttal evidence in the case.
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