Jean-François Morasse c. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

Civil procedure – Contempt of court – Injunction

In the context of the student unrest over proposed increases in university tuition fees, the applicant, Jean-François Morasse, filed a motion under art. 53 C.C.P. asking that the respondent, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, be cited for contempt of court. In his view, the statements made by Mr. Nadeau-Dubois in a television interview constituted direct interference with a safeguard order extending an interim interlocutory injunction rendered several weeks earlier ordering any person not to obstruct or impede access to classes. The Quebec Superior Court found the respondent guilty of contempt of court. The Court of Appeal allowed the respondent’s appeal and acquitted the respondent.