The real issue for me in the current federal political turmoil dates back several weeks to when the prime minister (astonishingly) dropped British Columbia MP Jody Wilson-Raybould from the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada portfolio in his recent cabinet shuffle.
I heard Jody Wilson-Raybould deliver an enlightening keynote speech at the Natural Resources Forum in Prince George a few years ago when she was Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, and I had a chance to chat briefly with her afterwards.
Having worked with First Nations people in several public land use processes over the past 25 years, I thought I knew something about First Nations history in B.C., but Wilson-Raybould gave us an entirely new and refreshing perspective in her speech.
I was delighted when Trudeau appointed her to his cabinet, and I was shocked and disbelieving when she was shunted aside. All Canadians (especially British Columbians) should be, and I believe this will prove to have been a colossal political blunder by the PM.
I sincerely hope and believe that we have not heard the last of this highly-qualified and principled individual in federal politics.
Mike Nash, Prince George