Trudeau Promises To Reform How Juries Are Selected, Pays Tribute To Colten Boushie’s Family

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech in in the House of Commons on Feb. 14, 2018.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged that his government will reform how juries are selected in Canada so that Indigenous peoples can “once again” have confidence in the criminal justice system.

Trudeau made the commitment in the House of Commons Wednesday after addressing the family of Colten Boushie, the 22-year-old Indigenous man who was shot to death in 2016 by white Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley.

Boushie’s family said that Indigenous people were rejected from the jury that acquitted Stanley of second-degree murder last week.

In a speech outlining his government’s commitment toforge a new legislative framework with Indigenous peoples, Trudeau said questions that “strike at the heart of who we are and what kind of country we want to be,” are on the lips of many Canadians.

“We’ve seen those questions grow in number and intensity in just these past few days as more and more Canadians come to grips with the fact that we have so much more work to do,” Trudeau said.

“More work to push back against the systemic racism that is the lived reality for so many Indigenous peoples. More work to deal with the fact that too many feel and fear that our country and its institutions will never deliver the fairness, justice, and real reconciliation that Indigenous peoples deserve.”

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The prime minister referenced his meeting in Ottawa this week with Boushie’s mother Debbie Baptiste and other relatives as something that gave him hope.

“Through all their grief and anger and frustration, their focus was not on themselves and the tragedy they just endured, but on how we must work together to make the system and our institutions better,” he said. “Better for Indigenous youth, for Indigenous families, and for all Canadians.

“We have a responsibility to do better, to be better. To do our best to make sure that no family has to endure what they went through.”

As he did when pressed on the issue in question period this week, Trudeau said Liberals will unveil broad reforms to the criminal justice system.

But it was the last line that sparked applause.

“Including changes to how juries are selected,” he said.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel


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