The Newfoundland man who is challenging the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject has asked the judge hearing the case to remove herself.

Brad Cabana, a political blogger and small businessman, is arguing in provincial Supreme Court that the $7.7-billion project in Labrador should be stopped.

Judge Gillian Butler is hearing his claims that the province unjustly denied residents a say on the development through a referendum.

But on Friday, Cabana asked Butler to recuse herself from the case because she is married to a senior partner with a St. John’s law firm that’s representing former premier Danny Williams.

Cabana is embroiled in a defamation lawsuit and countersuit with Williams.

The court adjourned and will argue Cabana’s request for Butler to remove herself on Monday.