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It’s an interesting story, it just didn’t translate into an interesting book. It’s not a good book. Anything that you want to read about, isn’t allowed to be talked about because of Cabinet confidentiality. Most conversations are just alluded to, without any personal/ emotional details added. Others, are transcribed, as they are available transcribed publicly. “There was a Liberal caucus meeting. It was a shit show. I’ll leave it at that” K great- but we’re actually here for the shit show. A simple google search will provide more details than this book and without the hearty price tag or boring details added
Everything about this narrative and the timing of its release indicates that the author acted on a carefully calculated agenda. The writer expresses an attitude so at odds with the Canadian poitical arena, one has to question her motives for entering such a space.
I had high expectations to hear JWR's side of her story. Unfortunately, as she admits, she is not a writer. Her editors' did her no service by letting this out in its present form. The SNC stuff reveals nothing new. She is entirely uncritical of her life and work as MOJAG and idealizes her prior life in indigenous politics. Other important people in the book are all 2 dimensional and drop in or drop out of the story without explanation. I really wanted to learn more about her life as a prosecutor and who she was prior to signing up as candidate in 2015. Alas there is little here other than learning that she came from a noble hereditary line of leaders and that she was just fulfilling her destiny (!). She inadvertently reveals that she was desperately naive and unrealistic about the mechanics of government. I'm actually more sympathetic to the PMO now than I was before... and I don't think that's what she intended!
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.
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. .