Bill Wilson, left, with former Assembly of First Nations grand chief Shawn Atleo ,at the AFN’s general meeting in Calgary in 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
Not long after the Globe and Mail broke the story alleging that Justin Trudeau’s PMO had pressured former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to interfere in a criminal investigation involving Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, comparisons were drawn between the former lawyer from the We Wai Kai Nation and her father, Bill Wilson.
Wilson-Raybould, who was demoted to the Veterans Affairs portfolio, reportedly refused the order, reminding Canadians that she also comes from a formidable, constitutional-shaping political lineage; Wilson famously sparred with Pierre Trudeau in the 1980s.
He remains strongly vocal about Indigenous issues and critical of the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation.
The reality is that with Trudeau and this government, reconciliation is more a farce than the Conservatives.
The other thing is that she has a name—Puglass, which means “a good host”—in the potlatch that signifies that she’s an honest, high-ranking person. My value system, which is obviously different than Trudeau’s, places a higher order on acceptance by the people of your integrity than allegiance to some company. MORE