Trudeau to meet Boushie family after acquittal prompts demands for reform
Debbie Baptiste, the mother of Colten Boushie, and her son Jace Baptiste leave the provincial court during a stoppage in court proceedings over the lunch hour on the first day of preliminary hearing investigating the murder of Colten Boushie in North Battleford, Sask. on Monday, April 3, 2017. Colten Boushie's family is in Ottawa to meet federal ministers after a Saskatchewan farmer accused of killing him was acquitted late last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:33AM EST
OTTAWA -- Justin Trudeau will meet with the family of Colten Boushie in the angry aftermath of a not-guilty verdict in the First Nation man's shooting death.
A spokesman for the prime minister says Trudeau is looking forward to listening to the family and his heart goes out to Boushie's community.
On Friday, a jury acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he shot and killed Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation, in 2016.
Boushie's relatives are also expected to meet Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale today.
His family sat down Monday with the ministers of Indigenous relations and Indigenous services, telling them they have little faith in the criminal justice system and they are focused on talking about long-term improvements.
Wilson-Raybould has said the government is considering changes to the way juries are selected after concerns were raised about the apparent all-white makeup of the jury in Stanley's trial.