Case # 35842
Gilles Caron, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, et al. (February 13, 2015)
The appellant Pierre Boutet was charged with an offence under the traffic safety act, an Alberta statute enacted in english only. At trial, he argued that the act was unconstitutional because it had not been enacted in english and in french. Mr. Boutet’s case was joined to that of Gilles Caron, which raised the same issues. At the conclusion of a trial lasting nearly 90 days, judge Wenden of the Alberta Provincial Court ruled in favour of Mr. Boutet and Mr. Caron. That decision was set aside by the Court of Queen’s bench in a judgment that was subsequently affirmed by the Court of Appeal.