Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to meet with the family of Colton Bouschie today, following the verdict of the 22-year-old Indigenous man’s death back in 2016.
The all-white jury delivered the verdict of “not guilty” on Friday, which has sparked racial tensions across Canada.
56-year-old farmer Gerald Stanley had been originally charged with second-degree murder after Colton Bouschie was fatally shot on Stanley’s farm.
Trudeau sent out this tweet following the end of the trial.
Just spoke with @Puglaas. I can’t imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight. Sending love to them from the US.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 10, 2018
But meeting with the victim’s family hasn’t gone without controversy.
Conservatives have already accused the Prime Minister of “political interference” for getting involved in the case.
Toronto Criminal Lawyer Sean Robichaud chimed in with this tweet over the weekend.
Whether it is the right, left, or any political leanings, it is wholly inappropriate for elected officials to publicly undermine findings of a lawfully delivered verdict; particularly when it is one of a jury. The response is to silently appeal, not publicly shame. https://t.co/2Tefr9MUGK
— Sean Robichaud (@SeanRobichaud) February 10, 2018
Back in 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama was similarly criticized by Republicans for making this statement on the Trayvon Martin court verdict.