POLITICS

Bail hearing next month for man charged in Quebec's 2012 election shooting

10/24/2014 06:22 EDT | Updated 12/24/2014 05:59 EST
MONTREAL - A bail hearing for the man charged in a fatal shooting at a Parti Quebecois victory celebration during the 2012 provincial election will be held next month.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer set Nov. 28 as the tentative date for Richard Henry Bain's hearing.

When the judge asked Bain during the pre-trial conference on Friday if he planned to present witnesses, the accused replied that he only had one — himself.

Bain had indicated several months ago that he was waiving his right to bail.

The trial is expected in mid-January with jury selection in early February after pre-trial motions are heard.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Ferguson told the hearing he needs four to six weeks to present his evidence.

He said most of his 48 witnesses are francophones, except for two or three anglophones, but translation will be provided.

Bain, who is defending himself, responded that he had no problem with that because "Canada has two official languages."

Bain is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder after an attack at a Montreal club on Sept. 4, 2012, as then-Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois celebrated her party's election with a minority government.

Lighting technician Denis Blanchette was fatally shot and colleague David Courage was wounded as they stood near a doorway to the downtown Metropolis nightclub where Marois was giving her speech.

Bain also faces several weapons charges as well as some relating to arson in the same incident.