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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.
Jody Raybould at least in my mind weaves a story in which she is the hero, and everyone else is only there for her to overcome and vanquish. She is clever in her use of "me-too" type guilt transposition to make all the men in her story power hungry know-it-alls, many fell for her story including the media who smelled blood in the water and wanted to get in on the felling of a government. Obviously I didn't believe her story nor did I believe the subtle revisions as the story progressed. She lost her "dream" cabinet position because of several things and competence certainly wasn't one of them. She was responsible, whether the reason was spite or forgetfulness, in the case of Glen Assoun's prolonged suffering by a full 18 months because of the inaction in her job as Federal Justice Minister. There should be a full inquiry into this and I would go as far to say that perhaps Mr Assoun should sue her for depraved indifference if the government should not see fit to launch an inquiry. She should not be able to walk away from that whether claiming her victimhood or her self generated status as a hero.
Bravo Jody. The best whistleblowing book to come out so far in 'trying' to hold those in power accountable. Easier said than done but this is a good step forward and affirmative reasons why Canadians have to realize its time to take our country back and have to start leading its leaders.
There is precious little in this book that she has not already said. Statements and speeches she made in the past. Her testimony before the House of Commons committee. Transcript of the phone call she recorded with the clerk of the privy council. Nothing about her white grandparents, aunts uncles and cousins, and why she believes Indigenous Canadians should remain on the reserves and live as a race apart.