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As a normally non-partisan independent, I found this an excellent account of how this particular Liberal group operates….way too much power being wielded by non-elected pals of Justin in the PMO. The actual elected people have little chance to say anything at all to the PM, the “cabinet” is selected based on their identity group (i.e., women, people of colour, etc.) instead of credentials, the inquiries into possible wrongdoing are dismissed out of hand, international affairs are an on-going embarrassment, etc.. Unfortunately we have an electoral system that allows him to be PM even though a full 70% of us cannot stand him and voted against the Liberal party…more of the same…groundhog day here in Canada…
This book is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee at your side and a comfy seat. There's a lot of general wisdom written here as well, of course, the main appeal is getting a candid inside look at the federal Canadian political machine. Not going to spoil anything, but it's a mess (to nobodies surprise).
Ms.Wilson-Rabould served as an elected Regional Chief in the province of British Columbia before she decided to move into federal politics. This is her compelling story about the time that she spent as a sitting MP in federal government, and she spares no punches in the telling. To say it was eye-opening is putting it mildly. Reading it during an election campaign was timely and enlightening. Her achievements in public life are extraordinary. Her grasp of what needs to be done in Canada to make it a better place to live is compelling and rings true throughout. I wish Ms. Wilson-Rabould all the best in her future endeavours, and it certainly won't be the last time we hear from her I'm sure.
I liked the integrity and honour of the author before I read her book. Early into the book I realized that all I had thought about Trudeau during that attempted coverup , was confirmed. He was not honest with the Canadian public. He did attempt to cajole the minister and ultimately force her into submission. He failed to do so. Her honour reigned.
Book was an enjoyable read and her life history to print time was most interesting. The reader really learns a lot about behind the scenes finagling in Government and the deception of politics.
This is a good story from the heart, shows the strength of women especially Indigenous women, Also brings to light the callousness, shallowness and vindictive nature of many in Canadian politics. A good story on the realities of life by a strong woman. .
This a very straight forward book told through her very personal lens without any deep analysis of herself, her life, her politics except that which supports her lack of insight into her motives. It certainly gives the reader a glimpse into her history, formation and current politics as she understands it. Unconsciously her account reveals how the writing was on the wall signaling her inability and willingness to fit into the Trudeau Liberals. even though after reading it I still think she doesn't see her role in how it ended. There are very matter of fact descriptions of Justin Trudeau's mannerisms and attitude which speak volumes about who he is. These are great! Also, she doesn't try to hide her bias and one wonders how she ever thought politics would not be dirty given that Indigenous governments/band councils are some of the most unscrupulous governments out there and she experienced this first hand. She does mention that Indigenous politics is very much a man's world with very few women in leadership roles until recently. She had many "I'm not anyone's baby" moments. I think she might have offered more depth contextualizing how heavily imbued with the dysfunctional and impactful legacy of residential school, overt racism and attempted genocide of Indigenous people, the politics is. How could it not be as Indigenous people have suffered so much and the impact of hundreds of years of racism and the generational trauma of residential schools effects every area of Indigenous life, including band councils and government. So I understand why the governments, like all governments are dysfunctional. I don't think she makes this context as explicit as it needs to be which would offer more of the bigger picture to readers. I also think it's disingenuous to down play the influence of her white mother on her life and the put more emphasis on her Indigenous grandmother. There is an expression that culture comes through the mother and it would be nice to see her recognize her mixed race ancestry and accept it more readily. Her Mom moved to the reserve but she would have brought her white upbringing with her and this world view would have also passed to her daughter. In terms of her time in the Liberal government described I this book, obviously she absolutely wanted to advance Indigenous causes and she might have if SNC LAVALIN had not got in the way. To be honest if I were her I would have kept the big picture in mind and not have made my last stand about this issue. She could have lived to fight another day and stayed to actually do something for Indigenous people. There's a million grey areas in politics and to choose to force on showdown with JT on this doesn't make sense. She crashed and burned for nothing and it would be nice to see her acknowledge that. The legal aspects of a deferredprosecution are very nuanced area and I don't think, based on this book and her explanations and analysis, she was the great legal mind needed to deal with this situation. I completely believed her version before hand but after reading this book I'm inclined to believe that her appointment to cabinet in this role was optics and at the end of the day she may have been pressured because her legal reasons for not giving SNC a deferred prosecution agreement were not sound. Maybe. The book made me feel sad that she torpedoed her chance to enact real changes and advances for Indigenous people. As for her wide eyed worship of Trudeau prior to this incident I don't believe it. It conveniently makes him the villan and allows her to walk away self righteous. As a result, other than provide context and history this book actually buttresses Trudeau's decision. Of course she is a trailblazer but it's difficult to imagine she will be remembered as someone who advanced the causes of Indigenous people in Canada. But she was the first Indigenous woman in this role and this fact is hugely significant. This book does however give some context to those who want to learn more about Indigenous people and issues.
Informative . It’s obvious there was a major personality clash between JWR and JT. Two strong willed individuals . JT comes across as spoiled narcissistic and petulant . Nothing new there . JWR comes across as self righteous . Oil and water mixture those two. One significant point. The back room deals , deceit and power grabs by the Laurentian Elite do not serve the Canadian public .