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"Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power Paperback – Sept. 13 2022
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A compelling political memoir of leadership and speaking truth to power by one of the most inspiring women of her generation—now in paperback
Jody Wilson-Raybould was raised to be a leader. She was inspired by the example of her grandmother, who persevered throughout her life to keep alive the governing traditions of her people. And as the daughter of a hereditary Chief and Indigenous leader, Wilson-Raybould always knew she would adopt leadership roles and responsibilities. But she never anticipated these roles would take her from her community of We Wai Kai in British Columbia to Ottawa as Canada’s first Indigenous minister of justice and attorney general in the Cabinet of then newly elected prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Wilson-Raybould’s experience in Trudeau’s Cabinet reveals important lessons about strengthening our political institutions and culture, and making the changes necessary to confront challenges like racial justice and climate change. As her initial optimism about the possibilities of enacting change while in Cabinet shifted to struggles over inclusivity, deficiencies of political will, and concerns about adherence to core tenets of our democracy, Wilson-Raybould stood on principle, and ultimately, resigned. In standing her ground, both personally and professionally, and telling the truth in front of the nation, she demonstrated the need for greater independence and less partisanship in how we govern.
“Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting at the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward. Wilson-Raybould believes there is a better way to govern and a better way for politics to function—one that will make a better country for all.
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"A thoughtful and respectful memoir. . . . Wilson-Raybould describes how public policy plays out within an established institutional context, and shares her own powerful personal encounters. . . .This book is Wilson-Raybould’s plea that Canadians not take our institutions for granted, nor allow complacency to lead us into a collective malaise as we face the challenges of the future." — Jury Citation, Writers' Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy
“It’s a page-turner — well written and well paced.” — Calgary Herald
"[Wilson-Raybould] holds a mirror up for us and what we see is a nation shocked out of our comfortable pews. . . . It is time to address wounds that cannot be negotiated scar by scar through civil contracts and redefine ourselves in the deep language of holy laws that transcend politics and religion. It is time to do what is right." — The British Columbia Review
"An excellent read." — The Literary Review of Canada
About the Author
The Honourable JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD, PC, QC, MP, is the former Independent member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville. She served as the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, the minister of veterans affairs and the associate minister of national defence until her resignation in 2019. Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer, an advocate and a leader in British Columbia’s First Nations. She has been a provincial Crown prosecutor, a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation and a chair of the First Nations Finance Authority. She has also served as Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, who are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. Her traditional name, Puglaas, means “woman born to noble people.”
- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers (Sept. 13 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1443465380
- ISBN-13 : 978-1443465380
- Item weight : 295 g
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Canada on October 4, 2021
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Somehow elected twice, once as a Liberal and once as an independent, JRW delves deeply into her own thoughts and lessons from her formative years. Then after explaining how she was brought up to always listen to others and work with them to form a consensus, she digs in her heels and refuses to do just that.
One could read this book and decide that she did the right thing on principle. Good for her. Lots of folks do that every day but never brag about it. It’s really not worth writing a book about and certainly not worth reading because so much of what really happened is left out.
Sadly the book never explains exactly what SNC did and how they did it. Business is carried out in different ways in different countries. To be successful you need to go along with “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Different cultures require doing business in different ways. Apparently SNC was found to have used bribery in another country to gain contracts. (In Canada we call that “developers permits” ) Perhaps they should never have been charged in the first place. We may never know.
The bottom line is this. The book is well written but not worth reading. The intent was to bring out the book right before the election to cast a bad light on Trudeau. It fails simply because too much is left out.