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Jody Wilson-Raybould Bio
Jody Wilson-Raybould PC QC MP (born March 23, 1971) is a Kwakwaka’wakw Canadian politician and the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Granville. She was sworn in as Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada on January 14, 2019. Before entering Canadian federal politics, she was a Crown Prosecutor for British Columbia, a Treaty Commissioner and Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations. We update all data about Jody Wilson-Raybould wiki, Jody Wilson-Raybould Biography, how old is and who is Jody Wilson-Raybould from a reliable source and other updates maybe publish as soon as available.
Jody Wilson-Raybould Biography
Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw, also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. Wilson-Raybould carries the Kwak’wala name Puglaas, which roughly translates to “woman born to noble people.”
Wilson-Raybould is the daughter of Bill Wilson, a First Nations politician and a graduate of University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, and Sandra Wilson, a teacher. On Canadian national television in 1983, Wilson-Raybould’s father informed then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau that his two daughters hoped to become lawyers and then Prime Minister some day. Born at Vancouver General Hospital, she was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and later Comox, British Columbia graduating from École Highland Secondary School.
Wilson-Raybould completed her bachelor of arts degree in political science and history at the University of Victoria. She then earned a law degree from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. She married Dr. Tim Raybould on November 29, 2008.
Jody Wilson-Raybould Career
Crown Prosecutor (2000 – 2003)
Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer by profession and was called to the bar in 2000 after articling at the downtown Vancouver law firm of Connell Lightbody. She was a provincial Crown prosecutor in Vancouver’s Main Street criminal courthouse in the Downtown Eastside for three years (2000-2003).
B.C. Treaty Commission
In 2003, she took a position as a process advisor at the B.C. Treaty Commission, a body established to oversee the negotiations of modern treaties between First Nations and the Crown. In 2004, she was elected commissioner by the chiefs of the First Nations Summit. She served as commissioner for nearly seven years, one and a half of which she spent as the acting chief commissioner. As a Commissioner, she helped to advance a number of treaty tables, including Tsawwassen First Nation, which became the first in B.C. to achieve a treaty under the BC Treaty Process. Wilson-Raybould also helped the establishment of a ‘Common Table’ of 60 plus First Nations and the Crown.
We Wai Kai Council
Wilson-Raybould was elected to council for the We Wai Kai Nation in January 2009, a role that she credits for strengthening her understanding and commitment to work at the provincial and national level advocating for First Nations’ governance. As a councillor for We Wai Kai she was instrumental in helping her community develop a Land Code and to move out from under the Indian Act. As a result of this work she was appointed as her Nation’s representative to the national First Nations Lands Advisory Board (LAB), and was subsequently elected from among her peers to sit as a Board Member for the LAB as well as a member of the Finance Committee.
As councillor for We Wai Kai Nation, Wilson-Raybould was also central to We Wai Kai developing a financial administration law (establishing a transparency and accountability through a regulatory framework for establishing budgets and controlling expenditures), assuming property taxation powers under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act and becoming a Borrowing Member of the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA). Wilson-Raybould was appointed the We Wai Kai representative to the FNFA. The Borrowing Members of the FNFA elected Wilson-Raybould as the Chair in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The FNFA is a not-for-profit that pools the public borrowing requirements of qualifying First Nations and issues bonds on the strength of a central credit (A3). Under Wilson-Raybould’s chair, the FNFA issued its inaugural debenture in 2014 in the amount $96 million. This issue was reopened in 2015 adding an additional $50 million.
B.C. Assembly of First Nations
Wilson-Raybould was first elected Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations in 2009. The Regional Chief is elected by the 203 First Nations in B.C. She is credited with bringing the Chiefs together, which was reflected in her being re-elected Regional Chief in November 2012. She won on the first ballot with nearly 80% of the vote.
Jody Wilson-Raybould Volunteerism
Wilson-Raybould has served as a director of Capilano University. As a former board member for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women (2008-2010), Wilson-Raybould was instrumental in the development of the “Combining Our Strength Initiative” – a partnership of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women. In addition to her duties as Director of the Lands Advisory Board and Chair of the First Nations Finance Authority Wilson-Raybould has also been a Director of the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre since 2013.
Wilson-Raybould has spoken publicly on such topics as aboriginal law, treaties, the environment, financial transparency, good governance and reconciliation. Prior to federal politics, she made numerous presentations before parliamentary committees including the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples and Northern Development. Wilson-Raybould has travelled extensively to work on indigenous peoples’ rights and leadership issues, including to the Philippines, Taiwan and Israel.
Jody Wilson-Raybould Minister of Veterans Affairs (2019)
During the January 14, 2019 cabinet shuffle, Wilson-Raybould was shuffled from her role as the Minister of Justice & Attorney General to become the Minister of Veterans Affairs. She resigned from the Trudeau cabinet on February 12, 2019.
Jody Wilson-Raybould SNC-Lavalin allegation Scandal by the Globe and Mail
On February 8, 2019, the Globe and Mail reported that sources close to the government said that the Prime Minister’s Office allegedly had attempted to influence Wilson-Raybould concerning an ongoing prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, while she was Minister of Justice and Attorney General. When asked about the allegations, Justin Trudeau said that the story in the Globe was false and that he had never “directed” Wilson-Raybould concerning the case. Wilson-Raybould refused to comment on the matter citing solicitor-client privilege and resigned from the Trudeau cabinet on February 12, 2019.
Jody Wilson-Raybould Awards and recognition
In 2011, Wilson-Raybould was awarded a Minerva Foundation for BC Women award. In 2012, she received the distinguished alumni award from the University of Victoria. She has also been included in Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50” (2012 and 2014). In 2015, Wilson-Raybould was selected by the Canadian Board Diversity Council as a Diversity 50 candidate, a list of Canada’s most diverse board-ready candidates.
On April 6, 2017, Wilson-Raybould received the inaugural Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Indigenous Women in Leadership Award. The 2018 award winner was Roberta L. Jamieson, the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree, and the President and CEO of Indspire.
Wilson-Raybould was featured in Paulina Cameron’s 2017 book Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries which profiles the achievements and struggles of ground-breaking female role models.
In 2017, Jody Wilson-Raybould was named Policy-Maker of the Year by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute She was featured in their December 2017 edition of their magazine ‘Inside Policy’.
In 2018, Wilson-Raybould was recognized by Harvard Women’s Law Association as one of their 2018 International Women’s Day Honourees and provided a keynote address at their annual event
MADD Canada honoured Wilson-Raybould as the recipient of a 2018 Citizen of Distinction award for her outstanding efforts to strengthen Canada’s impaired driving laws, and in particular her contributions to bringing forward Bill C-46. The Citizen of Distinction Award is presented annually to individuals, groups or organizations that have made a major provincial/territorial or national contribution to the anti-impaired driving movement in Canada, leaving a lasting legacy in the areas of research, prevention and education, legal issues or victim issues.
On March 7, 2018, Wilson-Raybould, alongside Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), unveiled an Inuit inukshuk which had been donated to the ICC by the Government of Canada to mark Canada’s support for the ICC. The unveiling took place at the ICC’s premises in The Hague.
Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns
Jody Wilson-Raybould — the former justice minister at the centre of claims that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured her to help Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution — has resigned from cabinet.
She tweeted a link to her resignation letter this morning.
“With a heavy heart I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence,” she wrote.
With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet… https://t.co/Ejjh8smwYO
— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) February 12, 2019
“When I sought federal elected office, it was with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics.”
Wilson-Raybould, who was shuffled to the Veterans Affairs portfolio in January, has been under intense scrutiny since the Globe and Mail published a report last week that alleged the PMO wanted her to direct federal prosecutors to make a “deferred prosecution agreement” (DPA) — a mechanism similar to a plea bargain — to avoid taking SNC-Lavalin to trial on bribery and fraud charges.
Wilson-Raybould said she’ll stay on as MP for Vancouver-Granville.
On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he continues “to have full confidence in Jody.”
Her departure likely will cast a shadow over the upcoming election campaign. So will a recently-launched probe by the federal ethics commissioner.
On Monday, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion informed the NDP MPs who had requested an investigation that there is sufficient cause to proceed with an inquiry into Trudeau’s actions in the case.
Responding to a letter from NDP MPs, Dion said he would investigate the prime minister personally for a possible contravention of Section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act, which prohibits any official responsible for high-level decision-making in government from seeking to influence the decision of another person so as to “improperly further another person’s private interests.”