February 12, 2018 12:36 pm
Updated: February 13, 2018 8:04 am

Boushie family has ‘little to no faith’ in Canada’s justice system following Stanley’s acquittal

WATCH ABOVE: Members of Colten Boushie's family more "hopeful" after meeting with federal ministers

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OTTAWA — Jade Tootoosis says her family has “little to no faith” in Canada’s justice system following the acquittal of the man charged in the shooting death of her cousin, Colten Boushie.

Tootoosis and other family members are in Ottawa to talk about the case with members of the federal Liberal cabinet, including Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.

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She says she wants to see the government do away with so-called peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates without needing to provide a justification.


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On Friday, a jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 killing of Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.

READ MORE: Gerald Stanley found not guilty of murder of Colten Boushie

Tomorrow, Boushie’s relatives are expected to sit down with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, says justice for Colten would mean a change to the justice system.

 

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