You can donate to Gerald Stanley’s “gofundme” account here. There is also an in-depth description of the background to the shooting.
Here are six press and other comments on the Boushie case:
“The acquittal sparked rallies and protests across the country on the weekend. At an event in Edmonton, one woman claimed she was not surprised by the verdict because there weren’t any Asian, Indigenous or black people on the jury… Pardon me!? Who is the racist here? Her implication is that whites cannot be objective.” – Lorne Gunter, “Boushie didn’t deserve to die, but activist responses aren’t the answer” – Toronto Sun, Feb. 11th, 2018.
“There was no justice for Colten Boushie… Already Indigenous youth live with little hope for their future, and today they have again been told that their lives have less value. We must confront the legacy of colonialism and genocide so they can see a brighter future for themselves.” – Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh quoted by Lee Berthiaume (CP) in , “Tories blast PM for comments on Boushie case” – durhamregion.com, Feb. 11th, 2018.
“My thoughts are with the family of Colten Boushie tonight… I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices. As a country we can and must do better – I am committed to working every day to ensure justice for all Canadians.” – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, quoted by Lee Berthiaume (CP) in , “Tories blast PM for comments on Boushie case” – durhamregion.com, Feb. 11th, 2018.
“Edmonton-based criminal lawyer Tom Engel said when politicians, especially the justice minister, appear to criticize verdicts, the public may believe that future decisions by the courts are influenced by the remarks… Engel said if the case is appealed, he doesn’t believe the politicians’ comments would colour the decisions made by the appeal courts or Supreme Court of Canada… The problem, he said, is that the public may perceive that there is an influence.” – Linda Givetash (CP), “Lawyers critical of political commentary on court verdicts following Gerald Stanley acquittal” – Toronto Sun, Feb. 11th, 2018.
“The case had been described from the outset as a ‘flashpoint in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Saskatchewan,’ and, in the court of public opinion, Gerald Stanley deserved to be in jail, not returning home to his farm… The jury, for all intents and purposes, was nothing more than a pack of rural racists, and the acquittal a foregone conclusion.” – Mark Bonokoski, “Trudeau and his gang have no business in the jury box” – Toronto Sun, Feb. 12th, 2018.
“Michael Lacy, a partner in the criminal law group Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP in Toronto, also said politicians ‘have no business at all’ in commenting on the outcome of a trial… ‘It undermines the independence of the judicial branch… Saying anything that amounts to commenting on the correctness of the verdict, to improve your public image or ensure an appropriate approval rating, should be criticized in Canada,’ Lacy said, adding public figures should stick to offering sympathies over the tragic loss of life.” – Linda Givetash (CP), “Lawyers critical of political commentary on court verdicts following Gerald Stanley acquittal” – Toronto Sun, Feb. 11th, 2018.