64. If questions of fact arise in matters before the Council or any of its committees, which the interest of the Community requires to be investigated by the examination of witnesses on oath or otherwise, or if it also becomes necessary, in the like interest, to institute inquiries into the truth of representations which may be made to the Council respecting matters within its jurisdiction, any committee appointed by the Council to investigate the same, or to make such inquiry, or the committee before which any such question arises, may cause to be issued a summons signed by its chairman requiring any person to appear before such committee, for the purpose of giving evidence on the facts or question under inquiry, and also, if deemed expedient, to produce any papers or documents in his possession or under his control, bearing upon such question or inquiry, and described in such summons.
If any person so summoned neglects or refuses to appear at the time and place appointed by such summons, or if, appearing, he refuses to be examined on oath respecting the said inquiry, or to obey any order to produce documents mentioned in such summons, insofar as he is able so to do, a return of the issue and service of the summons and of such default or refusal may be made to the Council, which shall thereupon compel the attendance of such person, and compel him to answer all lawful questions by such means as are used for such purposes in the ordinary courts of civil jurisdiction in Québec.
Every person neglecting or refusing to appear, or refusing to produce documents or to be examined as aforesaid, shall, on conviction therefor by the Court which has jurisdiction to recover the penalties enacted by the by-laws of the Community, be liable to the penalties provided in section 50.
The chairman of any committee of the Council may administer the oath to the witnesses.
1969, c. 85, s. 81; 1975, c. 90, s. 31.