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Colten Boushie’s mother fears property-defence resolution will stoke racial tensions – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 2017109 Views

The mother of a young man killed on a Saskatchewan farm said she fears recent political developments threaten to escalate racial tension in the province.

Debbie Baptiste’s son Colten Boushie was shot dead after he and his friends drove their vehicle on to a farm property near North Battleford in August. The farm owner, Gerald Stanley, is charged with second-degree murder and is awaiting a preliminary hearing at the start of April.

Ms. Baptiste said she’s saddened that Saskatchewan’s Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) passed a resolution that calls for an expansion of an individual’s right to defend himself and his property. The resolution has been compared with so-called “stand your ground” laws in the United States, and passed with 93 per cent support from SARM’s 2,000 delegates, mostly elected municipal officials, at a convention last week.

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