Shortly after the first Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada were transferred to a less prestigious post of minister of veterans, Jody Wilson-Reubold made an extraordinary step – public defense of his speech.
This defense came in the form of a message of 2,000 words on the website of her deputy, where she describes her approach to her previous work, her legislative and even non-legislative achievements, while taking one of the leading positions in the Cabinet.
She says she was asked why she was no longer in her previous work, but did not give a straightforward explanation of the reasons.
"In our system, the decision to appoint the ministers of the government is the prime minister's prime minister," she said in a statement.
Although Wilson-Reubold did not explain his release, several cabinet colleagues, political workers and some government officials told CBC News that it was difficult for them to deal.
Some of those who said against the background said that it could be disgusting and quick to accelerate the confrontation when a more constructive approach to political differences could be applied.
Her supporters said that she did not hesitate to give up when she encountered a policy that she believed was wrong. This is a personality trait that she did not try to conceal in her public statement.
"I have always believed that the Attorney General of Canada should be non-party, more transparent in the principles that are the basis of the decisions, and in this respect is always ready to speak the truth about power," she said. "So I served in my job in this post."
Abolition of Indigenous Peoples' Services
A high-ranking government official told CBC News that Wilson-Reubold would not be transferred from justice, if not for retirement by former Treasury president Scott Brison last week.
"She left her dream job to do hard work because the prime minister asked her," said the official.
Wilson-Reybold was at a beach on Bali Island with her husband, when she was told last week that she was being removed from justice.
A source who knows the situation, told CBC News that she was offered services to indigenous people, but turned her down. The source said she sees herself as an expert in the field, but is more interested in indigenous relations and is not interested in providing services – so she ended up providing services to veterans.
Wilson-Reubold wrote a statement in which he listed his achievements, approach and promised to continue to seek reconciliation without the help of helpers,
"Being a member of the cabinet, I will continue to be directly involved in advocating and promoting fundamental changes in relations with indigenous peoples who are needed and will continue to work with my colleagues and provide a sense of my voice," she said.
Sources argue that her propaganda advances in reconciliation have shown her disappointment with the Trudeau government's approach to indigenous politics.
"The momentum grows for half a year or so, where the Minister of Justice seems to have decided that she intends to be faithful to herself and simply to say that she wants to make public speeches, being quite critical, which has, for the most part, been missed by the mass media information, but not a community of indigenous peoples ", – said Merle Oleksandr, hereditary chief of lawyer Kitasoo Xai x & # 39; ais of the first nation and indigenous resources founded in BC
It is not hard to find Wilson-Reyball's disappointment with her government's approach.
November 29th speech BC The gathering of leaders, consisting of Prime Minister John Horgan, his cabinet and chiefs of the Communist Party, said that transformational change, rather than "messing", was necessary.
"Thinking that good intentions, exchanging the edges of the Indian law, or that the increase in financial investment, no matter how large and unprecedented, would not, by themselves, close the gaps, is naive," she said. "Necessary transformational changes and new directions".
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Although Wilson-Reybold is ready to say that reconciliation will remain unattainable with current government policies, at least now, during her tenure as Justice Minister, there were many areas where she said that she had made progress, even if those who do not always practice the legal profession agree.
Amir Ataran, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, said that Wilson-Reybold had made key mistakes in dying legislation and changes in legislation, which led to a breach of the regime that "ships will have to be cleaned up" for many years to come.
"They are so that she has come to offer [assisted-dying] The bill and the amendments by the Supreme Court were one of the weakest speeches I have ever seen from the Minister of Justice, "he said.
Ataran said that the Wilson-Reybold decision did not allow people to choose help for death before they lose their mental working capacity, forced them to abandon their deaths while good days remained.
This was a step that Ataran calls unconstitutional, and he and other experts advised against when they were called to testify before the parliamentary committee that is considering the bill. He also said letting the police test breath drivers an hour after they stopped driving is a flawed legal practice that will have to be solved in the courts.
Nonetheless, others who watched Wilson-Reuble focus on hard files such as death assistance, cannabis legalization, and revision of the Criminal Code, said she was well in striking a balance between the interests of all parties.
Wilson-Reubhold, in my opinion, had to deal with some very complex files with wisdom, and sometimes with loyal restraint, for example, when she resisted well-organized public pressure, as well as pressure from members of the Church, on a file of assassination to try to achieve a proper balance of fundamental rights and interests, "said Trudo Lemmens, deputy director of Scholl's law and health policy at the Law School of the University of Toronto.
– I think she has an impressive record
Professor TU Kent Roach said he was surprised at the decision to remove Wilson-Reibold from Justice and that she should face criticism from all sides about such complicated files.
"I think that it has an impressive record and should not be blamed for the time it takes to get some of these bills through parliament. Its biggest failure is not to reform the mandatory minimum sentences, but it would be a government decision" , – he said. . "I doubt that such a reform will soon take place in the wake of the upcoming elections and concerns about its attitude to crime."
Roach commended Wilson-Raybould for understanding the differences between her independent lawyer's general role and her role as Minister of Justice, as well as for active participation in filing applications that protect legislation as consistent with the statute.