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Judge won’t recuse himself from Jackie Vautour case over Aboriginal comments – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 202078 Views

Lawyer wanted Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette to no longer hear Kouchibouguac lawsuit

Jan 09, 2020

A judge accused of expressing biased comments related to a lawsuit involving Kouchibouguac squatter Jackie Vautour says he won’t recuse himself from hearing the case.

Vautour’s lawyer accused Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette of making comments in September that show he is biased toward the plaintiffs by questioning the Aboriginal rights of Vautour.

“There is no indication — in any way — that my mind was closed to any evidence and issue,” Ouellette said in a decision he read Thursday. He said he made the comments as a way of provoking Vautour’s lawyer to offer a rebuttal and argue his position.

Jackie Vautour wasn’t present for the ruling. About 40 other people with ties to the case were in court, including Vautour’s son Edmond Vautour. Edmond Vautour said they would likely appeal the ruling.

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