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The Prime Minister’s Office better wake up and change the channel

By Sheila Copps      

Politically speaking, it is always tricky when a man is out in public repeatedly attacking a woman. The fact that Jody Wilson-Raybould was a star cabinet minister and first ever-Indigenous attorney general makes the strategy even more questionable.

Then Indigenous and northern affairs minister Carolyn Bennett, then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Oct. 2, 2016, at a Hill rally for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The first piece of bad advice came when someone suggested a cabinet shuffle should include a demotion for Wilson-Raybould. It was touted by the prime minister, as a lateral transfer but the optics were obvious, writes Sheila Copps. The Hill Times file photograph

OTTAWA—It is sad to watch the self-inflicted misery that the SNC-Lavalin affair is wreaking on the Liberals.

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News|By Neil Moss
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