On Parliament Hill, representatives from the Women’s Equality and Liberty Coalition discuss the group’s intervener role as the Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments in Bradley David Barton v. Her Majesty the Queen. In 2015, a jury acquitted Barton of first-degree murder and of manslaughter in the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue. Barton admitted to hiring Gladue, a 36-year-old Indigenous mother of three, as a prostitute but said the death was accidental and resulted from consensual sexual activity. The Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that serious legal errors were made during the trial, set aside the acquittal and ordered a new trial. The Supreme Court will hear the case on October 11.
Members of the coalition speaking at the news conference are Hilla Kerner (Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter); Mikenze Jordan (Aboriginal Women’s Action Network); Nayoung Kim (Asian Women for Equality ); Trisha Baptie (Formerly Exploited Voices Now Educating); and Diane Matte (La concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle). (October 10, 2018) (no interpretation)