April 12, 2016

Justice Minister under fire for shady Bay Street fundraiser, plays race and gender card

Brian LilleyArchive

If a cabinet minister gets hammered in question period by both opposition parties, odds are that minister did something wrong. That’s the position Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould finds herself in over questionable fundraising practices.

The Justice Minister is the country’s top lawyer in charge of lower court appointments, handing out contracts when government needs outside legal work and charged with shepherding changes to the criminal code.

This is one minister you especially want to ensure keeps a squeaky clean image so it’s very odd that Wilson-Raybould put herself in this position, the Prime Minister defended it and the Liberal Party didn’t stop it.

Last week she and her top policy person walked into the Toronto offices of Torys law firm for a $500 per person cocktail fundraiser. She says she wasn’t there as Minister - just as a lowly MP from Vancouver - but no one’s buying that.

The NDP and Conservatives hammered away in question period Monday while Liberals insisted she did nothing wrong raising money from people she’ll soon be awarding contracts to or appointing to the bench.

But she went even further at one point by invoking gender and race when Conservative MP Jacques Gourde asked her to simply admit she was at the fundraiser as Justice Minister. Instead of doing so, she gave a response beneath the dignity of her office.

Caught in a lie, now she’s shutting down questions about bad decisions by invoking gender and race, suggesting the opposition are somehow bigoted.

Shame on you Minister for attempting to deflect from wrongdoing. You have power over lawyers in Canada with more than three dozen judicial appointments to make and law firms to select for lucrative contracts on the murdered and missing aboriginal women’s file.

Raising money from lawyers at events like this puts you in a conflict of interest. As a smart woman, you know this so don’t insult the intelligence of Canadians by denying it.

And don’t play the race and gender cards. Just admit you goofed then make things right.

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commented 2016-04-15 20:30:20 -0400
Maybe she is saying an aboriginal woman lawyer does not really understand what is the role of the Minister of Justice?:
commented 2016-04-15 20:19:32 -0400
You know …. when: Your caught when you play the personal, touchy feely card!!! Again.. Liberals will not listen to any opposition, they will do what ever the heck they want and not be accountable to anyone. Not even Canadians. Good luck Canada, we have over 3 and a half more years of this dictatorship. The Opposition might as well not show up to any meetings in the House because the Liberal don’t listen.
commented 2016-04-13 22:59:32 -0400

Oh but fortunately Wasabi bin Mick Jager al Wanabi is just so sensitive to womyn’s issues…which is surprising when you consider he has a penis and is CIS gendered…..surely he is the Messiah!!!!
commented 2016-04-13 14:48:13 -0400
This is the sort of behavior that politicians, regardless of their stripe, are notorious for. Why should the minister be any different? She’s cut from the same cloth, after all. Of course, she will make bizarre justifications for her actions, but in the end she has been found out.
commented 2016-04-13 14:00:07 -0400
Q I…quantity does not equal quality ….sometimes less is more …if you have nothing intelligent to say …say less ..
commented 2016-04-13 11:57:44 -0400
Questionable Impact, but her adjectives were accurate in their description.
you must be working for the grammar police…
commented 2016-04-13 11:03:35 -0400

Adjectives are not your friend. Excessive use will backfire on you.
commented 2016-04-13 10:57:19 -0400
AN INFLUENCE PEDDLING MEMBER OF THE LIBERAL PARTYWELL SURPRISE, SURPRISE!…as a lawyer you would think she would know what a non sequitur is…yet she claims discussing aboriginal and female rights has anything to do with her shameless abuse of the law, by selling influence with her as that aboriginal and female Justice Minister. Her sexism and bigotry is showing. It is sick and disheartening that so many Canadians will never hear this or care that the party they elected is far more corrupt and more blatantly corrupt and defiant than the one they rejected.

Canadians deserve this corrupt, ignorant and uninformed government because they preferred to listen to their corrupt and dangerously ambitious union bosses instead of the perhaps boring, but honest, Stephen Harper. Harper was right…Trudeau and his party are truly ‘NOT READY’…and neither is Canada.
commented 2016-04-13 10:40:09 -0400
Typical liberal, the stench is already beginning to ooze
commented 2016-04-13 10:19:01 -0400
Eric Elliott. Thanks that made me laugh! Hmmm what did Jr. Asshole say with that smug look last year? Oh yes,, " Because it’s 2015" Haha!
commented 2016-04-13 10:15:58 -0400
Blunt force trauma
We don’t trust " new dictionaries " too morally flexible, yeah—-we like the old original meanings when morals we written in stone, not " stoned " and then written in
commented 2016-04-13 10:05:35 -0400
A few months on the Job and she already has proven she has no right being Justice minister. She should step down now before she really passes something that will haunt Canadian taxpayers for years.
commented 2016-04-13 10:04:56 -0400
please remember she was picked for this position because of merit not because of race or gender…oh never mind
commented 2016-04-13 10:04:53 -0400
please remember she was picked for this position because of merit not because of race or gender…oh never mind
commented 2016-04-13 10:04:00 -0400
Sam Young
I see your taking your meds. We like you more better when you’re on on your meds
But tell us are you moving to Alberta when the conservatives win the upcoming election, and if so take it easy on SHEILA GUN REID
commented 2016-04-13 09:27:46 -0400
liberal job add:
wanted professional victim
sjw experience an asset
commented 2016-04-13 06:52:12 -0400
Yes, Diana Brock, We lovingly elected Justin to office; Vancouver-Granville lovingly elected the Justice minister as their gracious member of parliament.
commented 2016-04-13 06:43:10 -0400
If this were innocent, at best the optics of this should have been enough to pass on boxes of wine and lukewarm Bud.
commented 2016-04-13 06:22:52 -0400
Thomas Curson Hansard.
And shame on the Justice Minister for bringing up race and gender and worshipping Justin.
commented 2016-04-13 03:23:11 -0400
Time these two got a room!! Sure hope all the braindead, propaganda feed LIEberal voters are proud of the fktards they elected!!!
commented 2016-04-13 02:35:57 -0400
This reminds me of the old Liberals who played fast and loose and on the edge of legal. Its not a matter of the ethics commissioner agreeing that it is OK. Its a matter of perception. The perception is a tainted Minister of Justice.
commented 2016-04-13 01:52:56 -0400
Race, gender, and homo trans card. That’s Canadian politics for you.
commented 2016-04-13 01:43:10 -0400

When you get that new dictionary, your third assignment is: proof
commented 2016-04-13 00:49:22 -0400
When asked to be accountable, one of the Liberals first line of defense is identity. Makes one wonder if the Minister has been levering gender and race in her ascent to the House of Commons. I thought diversity was an asset not an excuse.
commented 2016-04-13 00:32:03 -0400
$500 for drinks? Man that’s 1000% worse than a $16 orange juice!! Hypocrites.
commented 2016-04-13 00:20:09 -0400
QI your last comment proved Lilly right and did not back up your previous comments allegations , do you left wingers even understand what words mean? Do you all just think anything you make up is reality? No one ever said she could not be in that position being a native woman, yet you try to slide in a false accusation to demonize dishonestly. SAD!
commented 2016-04-13 00:09:43 -0400
This is the Minister of the Crown that is going to make a lot of lawyers very rich on the MMIW enquiry. Every day we hear of yet another incident of violence on yet another reserve, but the Liberals want to ignore what goes on and investigate the eventual results being brought up in such an environment. Let’s drop the IRS, and staged attempted suicide excuses and examine the grassroots communities. When you grow up in an environment of alcohol and drugs, violence,
gangs, weapons, fear, filth, and status control by your leaders including maintaining many in poverty it is small wonder that lives are already in a mess when one decides to leave. Do the politicians simply not care? Do none of them have the intestinal fortitude to stand up for these people. Wilson-Raybould is simply a “poor me I’m an Indian” individual and Dr. Bennett would know an Aboriginal if one bit her in the ass. Canadians, the current Aboriginal mess can be solved. We just have to make sure that the Aboriginal activists and lobbyists are kept away from their obstructing the solution.
commented 2016-04-12 23:52:22 -0400
this is only the beginning of the lies and the cover-ups. we are only six months into this liberal treachery.
good luck people.
commented 2016-04-12 23:13:28 -0400
Bill Elder – commented
“This is typical Librano patronage – it’s morally conflicted and probably illegal, certainly unethical – but hey, these people invented flexible morality – as a Liberal she’s been an ethics bender for so long it cheating seems normal to her. Why use payola in brown manilla envelopes when you can take checks at a “fundraiser”. Buying access to crown ministers is a Liberal specialty. "

I loved the term “flexible morality!” That definitely describes a liberal.
commented 2016-04-12 23:07:27 -0400
If you’re so smart as to be appointed Minister of Justice, then why were you so stupid by attending a fundraiser put on by lawyers, some of whom you may eventually hire in the Inquiry for Missing/Murdered aboriginal women. Did you not see this as a conflict of interest? Using the gender race card to defend yourself is so “passé” & we are not bigots or racists just because we question the actions of an aboriginal which had nothing to do with race. Maybe you’re the racist by always questioning the intention of a non aboriginal.