Daily Mail, 30 December 1915 page 4

Court Ordered Quo Warranto Issued

Granted petition of Rodrigue Langlois to have Ald Bastien Appear before court

Justice Maclennan yesterday granted the petition of Rodrigue Langlois and ordered the issue of a writ of quo warranto against Ald Treffle Bastien, ordering the latter to appear before the court and show cause why he should not be removed from office.

The petition, which was presented by Antonio LeBlanc, counsel for Mr Langlois after setting forth the qualifications of Mr Langlois as a taxpayer and elector, alleges that Mr Bastien is interested in divers contracts, granted by the city to Laurin, Leitch and Co, particularly for the construction of the Park Avenue subway and the construction of a system culvert, which contracts were executed by the same employees and the same machinery as that of Laurin and Leitch, of which, it is claimed, Mr Bastien is a member.

The petitioner states that see these [illegible] the respondent has no right to sit as an alderman of the city of Montreal, in virtue of articles 28 and 33 of the Charter which prohibits a person doing contract work for the city from sitting as either Mayor or alderman.

JL Perron, KC, is acting for Mr Bastien.  He offered no opposition to the granting of the writ of quo warrante, but stated that he denied the allegations contained in the petition.

Mr Perron stated afterwards that as soon as the writ is served upon his client he would make a motion that the hearing on merits be proceeded with immediately.  His client, he stated had nothing to fear, and wished to have the matter disposed of as soon as possible.  Ordinarily six days are allowed after service for the filing of plea by a respondent, but Mr Perron is not disposed to wait the six days.  It is possible that the motion for immediate  procedure may be presented to the Court on Friday next.

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