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Post by Oliver on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 12:53 pm

Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

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February 12, 2019



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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould attend a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Jan. 14, 2019.Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press



OTTAWA — Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is quitting the federal cabinet.

The news came out during a cabinet meeting this morning days after allegations surfaced that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured the former attorney general and justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.







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Post by Oliver on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 1:12 pm

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Post by vet1 on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 1:16 pm

Well, the circus goes on. We will have another 'minister' learning the file.

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Post by Oliver on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 1:17 pm

Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau's cabinet

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Post by SniperGod on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 1:54 pm

We now have a record for the shortest appointment for Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Jan 14, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 (30 days)
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Post by Vizzer1 on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 2:11 pm

'This is an explosive story': Fife on Wilson-Raybould's resignation

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Post by Alpha on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 5:13 pm

Don Martin on Wilson-Raybould's resignation: Trudeau's "headache is just getting started"



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Post by Rutherford on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 5:41 pm

Sajjan acting veterans affairs minister after Wilson-Raybould’s resignation

By Marieke Walsh and Marco Vigliotti. Published on Feb 12, 2019

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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.


Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has been named interim veterans affairs minister in the wake of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from the post.

The prime minister’s office announced the change Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Wilson-Raybould’s resignation was announced.

Wilson-Raybould was moved to the veterans affairs post in a January cabinet shuffle, in what many observers saw as a demotion. She was previously attorney general and minister of justice.

Her resignation follows a report last week from the Globe and Mail that alleged Wilson-Raybould was pressured to force the Public Prosecution Service of Canada into striking a deal with SNC-Lavalin over corruption charges that would allow the company to pay a fine and avoid a trial, while not admitting any criminal wrongdoing.

According to the Globe, Wilson-Raybould resisted that pressure.

Sajjan has been defence minister since the Liberals won government in 2015. He becomes the fourth different politician to serve as veterans affairs minister in the four-year-old Trudeau government.

The former Conservative government only had five veterans ministers during its nearly decade-long tenure.

When reached for comment, the Royal Canadian Legion said Veterans Affairs has seen several “puzzling” leadership changes in recent years that have raised questions about the government’s commitment to serving Canada’s veterans.

It wants to see Ottawa merge Veterans Affairs with the Department of National Defence to ensure the veterans file is treated as a “vital” portfolio and that critical issues in this space are “immediately” addressed.





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Post by Trooper on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 6:20 pm

I was surprised by this news today but not overly surprised.

Right from Brison's resignation to the mini shuffle things sure gave signals that something was not right. Brison's involvement with the Mark Norman case, and Jody Wilson Raybould with the SNC scandal. Both the Mark Norman case, and the SNC scandal shows Canadians the corruptness within our government starting right at the top with Trudeau. They don't need to be found guilty as the info from the press is enough to show the intent.

I would say that Jody Wilson Raybould has sound character with self honor that is very rare in politics. She held her ground went against the grain, and now shines as a person who truly is honest, and a true Canadian putting her Country before herself. More than I can say for others such as Trudeau, Jon Vance, and Harjit Sajjan who all have no leadership skills, and are all corrupt putting themselves before Country.

I hope that these two scandals have a direct impact against the Liberals in this years election. It's time for the Liberals to go, and Trudeau holds full responsibility.

With respect to Veterans, in my own opinion, it's irrelevant that Jody Wilson Raybould resigned, it's irrelevant that Harjit Sajjan is acting Minister of Veterans Affairs, and finally it's irrelevant who ends up being Minister of Veterans Affairs. Walt Natynczyk runs the Veterans Affairs file therefore the only reason Ministers are appointed to the Veterans portfolio is for photo ops, the odd stakeholder summit, town halls, signing off on what Walt brings forward for signature, and finally we cannot forget the overseas trips that the Ministers get to go on to act on behalf of Canadian Veterans.  
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Post by Warrior on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 6:41 pm

Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet amid SNC-Lavalin allegations

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Post by Warrior on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 6:44 pm

Canada’s Opposition leader slams Justin Trudeau over resignation of former AG

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Post by Warrior on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 6:45 pm

Andrew Scheer responds to resignation of Wilson-Raybould from cabinet

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Post by Warrior on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 6:48 pm

Scott Reid on Wilson-Raybould: 'She clearly has something to say'

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Post by RevForce on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 7:22 pm

‘Revolving door’ of ministers in the veterans affairs department causing worry

By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITHOttawa Bureau
Tues., Feb. 12, 2019


OTTAWA—In the political controversy engulfing Justin Trudeau’s government, advocates fear that the revolving door atop the veterans affairs department means that veterans and their priorities are getting short shrift.

Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday announced her resignation from cabinet after serving barely a month as veterans affairs minister.



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She quit cabinet amidst allegations that Trudeau’s office had pressured her in her former role as attorney general to mediate a settlement with SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue criminal charges.

In the wake of her announcement, Trudeau said that Harjit Sajjan, who is the defence minister, would take on the role of veterans affairs minister too. He becomes the eighth minister to hold the position since 2010 and the fourth since the Liberals took office in 2015.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” said Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada.

“Who can possible effect the real substantive reforms needed in any ministry under these time frames. The answer, of course, is nobody,” he said.


“Our message is that veterans and their families deserve better,” said Maxwell.

In the wake of Tuesday’s resignation, the Royal Canadian Legion called on the government to create one department to merge Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence to ensure seamless oversight of military personnel “from recruitment into retirement.

“We have witnessed several puzzling changes to VAC’s leadership in recent years, and we now question just how committed government is to Canada’s veterans,” the legion said in a statement.

“On their behalf, we ask that the veteran portfolio overall be treated as a vital one, and that government take swift action so that critical issues related to our veterans’ well-being are dealt with immediately,” the statement said.


Successive governments have faced criticism that the benefits provided to veterans fall short at the very time that government is faced with a wave of veterans suffering the mental and physical wounds from Canada’s extended mission in Afghanistan.

Kent Hehr was the first politician to hold the post in Trudeau’s government, followed by Seamus O’Regan, then Wilson-Raybould and now Sajjan.

Each change means a steep learning curve for the minister and their staff as they get up to speed on the issues facing the department, the complex array of veterans benefits and get acquainted with stakeholders. That inevitably means delays.

Sajjan at least comes into the portfolio with some familiarity with the issues, thanks to his time as defence minister and a veteran of the Armed Forces himself. But it still means that the job of veteran affairs minister is now a part-time role, held by a minister juggling two departments.

Maxwell noted that a few ministers have stayed in their portfolios for a prolonged period, including Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Sajjan and questioned why veteran affairs doesn’t merit the same stability. “It’s time that it did and it needs to,” he said.

NDP MP Gord Johns, the party’s critic for veterans affairs, said that veterans have grown frustrated with “revolving door” of ministers for the department.

He praised Wilson-Raybould as a “capable” minister and said expectations were running high that she could make headway on the issues facing the department. “I think a lot of veterans were very excited of her stature and her CV,” said Johns (Courtenay—Alberni).

He met with Wilson-Raybould just last week and agreed to meet again to work together on veterans issues. “She was open and willing to work on issues with me,” Johns said.

“Veterans are tired of rhetoric. They want a minister that is committed to working on their issues,” he said in an interview. “Veterans are really being lost in all of this.”

Even when she took on the post in a January cabinet shuffle, Wilson-Raybould had to push back on suggestions that the veterans affairs role was a demotion in the hierarchy of cabinet positions.

“I can think of no world in which I would consider working for our veterans in Canada as a demotion,” Wilson-Raybould told reporters on the day of the shuffle.

Trudeau himself declared that day that serving as veterans affairs minister is a “deep and awesome responsibility.”


Bruce Campion-Smith is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @yowflier






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Post by Hammercore on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 7:53 pm

'Surprised and disappointed' by Wilson-Raybould's resignation: Trudeau

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