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.
- "Memorable Manitobans: Louis Bétournay (1825-1879)". Manitoba Historical Society. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
- Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
- Manitoba Historical Society - Louis Bétournay
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