Sep 22, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould, also known by her initials JWR and by her Kwak’wala name Puglaas, is a Canadian politician and the Independent Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Granville. She served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General in the cabinet of Justin Trudeau from 2015 until January 2019 and then as Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada from January 14, 2019, until resigning on February 12, 2019. Before entering federal politics, she was a provincial Crown Prosecutor in Vancouver, a Treaty Commissioner and Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations. Wilson-Raybould studied at the University of Victoria and later at the University of British Columbia. She lives with her husband Tim Raybould in Vancouver.
We met in Ottawa the day after her book From Where I Stand, Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada was launched and talked, among other things, about telling the truth in politics - the whole truth; about exactly what 'title' means; about launching a book in the middle of an election; about keeping promises, Justin Trudeau and SNC Lavalin, Alberto Manguel, Conrad Black, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, Confederation, assimilation, the Charter of Rights, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, reconciliation, indigenous self government, community development, revenue sharing, spousal travel, and creating a more 'just society'.