Many gathered in front of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta today in support of justice and the families of Jake Sansom and Morris Cardinal.
Calls of “no justice, no peace” and “stop the violence, stop the hate” echoed off the walls of the courthouse as the crowd awaited the decision. Those close to Jake and Morris shared fond memories of the two kind and generous men.
After a six hour wait, the decision was announced; bail was denied to the first man charged with their murder.
Jake and Morris’s families are relieved at the decision. Relieved that their children will feel safe tonight with the accused still behind bars.
On June 12, RCMP arrested a second man, Roger Bilodeau, 56, in connection to this tragic case. As with his son, Roger Bilodeau has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Father and son are scheduled to appear in a St. Paul court Thursday, June 18th.
The MNA continues to support the Sansom and Cardinal families and stands with them as they seek justice for this inexcusable act of violence. Métis citizens must always feel safe to exercise their rights and uphold our traditional ways of life.
The Sansom and Cardinal families are asking those that can, to come help them push for justice at Thursday’s hearing in St. Paul.
If you wish to show your support by attending, a group will meet on Thursday, June 18 at 8:00am at the St. Paul courthouse, 4704 – 50 St., St. Paul, AB.