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A well written, extraordinarily confusing, rant against Canadian politics. Written by a Canadian Politician. (Printed in the United States) 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.
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
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!
I was disappointed in this book. There was no reflexivity on the pages. A big miss as far as I am concerned. bought the kindle version. Its super boringly written. Her husband is completely missing in the narrative....
While it was informative to learn of the diffculties J Wilson Raybould encountered during her term as MOJ/AG in Trudeau's Cabinet, her emphasis on the challenges and neglect of indigenous people was paramount to the extent it tended to be overwrought with complaints aimed at all governments. She admits that the problems are complex but provides few solutions except in very general terms and does not point out internal solutions within the bands themselves. To her credit, she is devoted to her native heritage, her family and relatives, along with close associates but she does not seem to recognize the benefits given to her people by this nation -- Canada. The book does not give a balanced account in that respect. Generally though it is a book worth reading.
Intriguing story, well written and placed in a First Nations leadership context. The writing appears to be careful and not overreaching. J W-R is someone I quite admire.
Jody Wilson- Raybold is not especially self reflective here, never seriously confronting what she may have done to contribute to the situation. In general, the reality of an event is most often complex and multi determined, yet you will find little of that kind of analysis.
If you are looking for righteous indignation you will be a satisfied reader.
If only I could write what I really wanted to and not get into trouble doing it. It is an interesting read for some parts and then it gets predictable. You really get sick of one phrase in the book. I'll leave up to you to figure out which one.
Although Wilson-Raybould is not a gifted author, the public telling of her story is a valuable "peek behind the curtain" of the seat of ultimate power in Canada. Her astute observations of media manipulation, dogmatic alignment efforts, and the inside club of the Ottawa oligarchy is a sobering correction to citizens who entrust themselves to representative democracy and rely on the rule of law.
Although the book describes how the government operates and who is in charge, Wilson repeats herself throughout her book with respect to independent governance, reconciliation, recognition and self government. While there are many issues and challenges Canada faces as a diversified people, Wilson waves the banner only with Canadian aboriginals first and foremost, dedicating her book to aboriginal rights as if they are the only group in this wide diversified country that matters. The book is too much one sided.