Today on the Alberta Roundup with Rachel Emmanuel, Rachel speaks with Alex Van Herk, one of the Coutts Three found guilty last week of mischief over $5,000 for his role in the Coutts border blockade. Van Herk, who faces up to 10 years in prison, says sentencing is expected in September.

The trial revealed that Van Herk’s name rarely showed up in RCMP’s notes, and Van Herk says he is hoping for a lesser sentence than his friends. He also says there’s more Alberta Premier Danielle Smith can do to help the Coutts Three and he’s unimpressed with her response to his guilty verdict.

Tune into the Alberta Roundup now!



  • Rachel Emmanuel

    Rachel is a seasoned political reporter who’s covered government institutions from a variety of levels. A Carleton University journalism graduate, she was a multimedia reporter for three local Niagara newspapers. Her work has been published in the Toronto Star. Rachel was the inaugural recipient of the Political Matters internship, placing her at The Globe and Mail’s parliamentary bureau. She spent three years covering the federal government for iPolitics. Rachel is the Alberta correspondent for True North based in Edmonton.