Louis Bétournay

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Louis Bétournay (November 13, 1825 – October 30, 1879), was educated at the College of Monteal, was a lawyer and judge who was born in Saint-Lambert, QC and died at Saint-Boniface, Manitoba.[1]

in 1872 Bétournay became a judge in the recently proclaimed province of Manitoba. The appointment was to the Court of Queen’s Bench making him the first French Canadian to be appointed to a superior court in the west. The posting was to Fort Garry (Winnipeg) where he was soon involved in the legal aftermath of the Red River Rebellion. His court ordered Ambroise-Dydime Lépine's trial for the death of Thomas Scott. Lepine was Louis Riel’s lieutenant.


  1. ^ "Memorable Manitobans: Louis Bétournay (1825-1879)". Manitoba Historical Society. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 

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