The family of Colten Boushie met with Canada’s justice and public safety ministers this morning and will sit down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later today in the aftermath of a not guilty verdict in his shooting death.
A person with knowledge of the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the meeting with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was emotional and intense.
They said the family didn’t ask for specifics, but there was lots of talk about jury selection reform.
A spokesperson for the prime minister said Trudeau is looking forward to meeting with the family and listening to them, but wouldn’t give details of when the meeting would occur.
The Boushie case has dominated talk on Parliament Hill after farmer Gerald Stanley was found not guilty Friday of second-degree murder for his role in the 22-year-old’s death. The verdict sparked protests across the country over the weekend.
On Friday, Trudeau said he couldn’t imagine “the grief and sorrow” the Boushie family feels.
The justice minister also took to Twitter arguing that “as country we can and must do better. I am committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians.”
A number of Conservative MPs cautioned the Liberal government against tweeting about the verdict.
“We need to let the many steps of an independent judicial process unfold without political interference,” Conservative Indigenous affairs critic Cathy McLeod wrote on Twitter.
Boushie’s family met with Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett on Monday.
“This is only the beginning of the conversation and calls to action,” Boushie’s cousin Jade Tootoosis said. “We have little to no faith in the justice system, and we’re here to talk about that.”
Some observers have argued the jury process was biased, because the defence team excluded five potential jurors who…