OTTAWA — In January 2013, while an icy wind blew outside, Jody Wilson-Raybould was surrounded by journalists the national in Ottawa, posing in a conciliatory among leaders of the First nations who sought to obtain a meeting with the conservative government of the time.
Some rejected the idea of a meeting with prime minister Stephen Harper, wanting to instead of speaking directly with the Crown or its representative in Canada, governor general David Johnston.
Jody Wilson-Raybould was then the regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for British Columbia, and she was on the point of throwing a bridge between the heads, then between the latter and a government that many felt were hostile to indigenous issues.
When meeting with Stephen Harper finally took place, she had realized that she could more easily move things from the inside. It is, therefore, presented to the federal elections of 2015 under the banner of a liberal, winning a district in the city centre of Vancouver.
Shortly after, the prime minister Justin Trudeau, the would appoint the minister of Justice of Canada.
Six years later, during another January cold Ottawa, Ms. Wilson-Raybould was to withdraw this portfolio, one of the most important of the cabinet.
With the enthusiasm of a child who is asked to apologize for stealing a piece of candy, she said a few words agreed upon, claiming that being transferred from the ministry of Justice to the veterans was in no way a setback.
But in fact, Jody Wilson-Raybould has not been discarded because she was loved by all and she was doing a great job.
She had become a thorn in the side of the cabinet, a minister with whom it was difficult to hear, and which, according to some sources well-informed, rabaissait openly to his colleagues.
Less than a month after his demotion, Jody Wilson-Raybould is located in the heart of one of the largest storms ever to hit the government of Justin Trudeau: allegations that the prime minister or his staff would have put pressure on it to help the giant quebec SNC-Lavalin to evade criminal prosecution. It would be particularly dismissed because she refused to cooperate.
Justin Trudeau categorically denies these allegations
Several elected liberals approached by The canadian Press on Friday, expressed the belief that the affair had been disclosed by Jody Wilson-Raybould itself.
“She has always done things for herself in any way, has entrusted one of them. It was never about the government or the cabinet. Everything revolves around Jody.”
The fear of retribution was so strong on Friday that most of the liberals contacted have categorically refused to comment on the situation.
The president of the Treasury Board, Jane Philpott, who would be one of the allies of Ms. Wilson-Raybould at the firm, was not available.
Those who have accepted to rule state that a minister, staff turnover, fast-paced (it has been four heads of office in three and a half years) and who presented to the meetings when she felt like it.
“I think I have seen the indigenous caucus once,” said a source.
But another portrait, much more flattering emanates from outside of government: that of a woman of intelligence and determination are exceptional.
His father, the chief, Bill Wilson, had one day said to Pierre Trudeau, father of Justin, that his daughters were going to become first ministers.
An indigenous source says that it is “impossible to speak of Jody not to mention his father”, but their relationship, however, is troubled.
Bill Wilson, who has expressed his support to his daughter on social media this week, has contributed to the entrenchment of aboriginal title, and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples in the canadian Constitution.
Jody Wilson-Raybould also leaves an important legacy as minister of Justice. She led two of the most important changes to canadian social policy in a generation: the medical assistance to die and the legalization of cannabis.
“She is very serious and very credible,” argued Sheila North, a former grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, an organization of the chiefs of the north of the province.
She was a prosecutor for the Crown sure of it, ” says dr. North, and any criticism of its strength takes root in sexism.
“Someone who is very strong and confident, when it comes to a man, it is not even seen as something negative”, she denounced.