October 2, 2012
Berthiaume c. Carignan 2012 QCCS 4628
Quebec Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard ruled that journalist, Andre Noel, would not have to answer questions or provide documents that would identify confidential sources.
Blanchard J. ruled that the identity of the confidential sources was not relevant to the proceedings in the action between Berthiaume and the defendants.
Additionally, Blanchard J. found that the public interest weighed in favour of maintaining the confidentiality of the journalist`s sources.
The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of Justice Blanchard in a judgment dated November 16, 2012.