Editorial: A woman of principle

Wilson-Raybould’s dedication is the real story

The testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former attorney general of Canada, was disturbing, but so was the response from the prime minister.

It wasn’t Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response about it being one person’s perspective — that was predictable — but his non-answer when asked if Wilson-Raybould would be allowed to remain in the Liberal caucus and whether she would be allowed to run this fall in the next federal election.

The answer should have been, ‘Yes. I may disagree with her statements, but no one can fault her dedication to her principles, and we need more of that in government.”

He’s no doubt dealing with a lot of personal anger at the moment, but the way forward is clear.

That is if the Liberal Party wants to retain any appearance of honour.

Wilson-Raybould’s testimony about the pressure put on her to find a way to get SNC-Lavalin a deal was a rare glimpse into how the game of politics is played. But people shouldn’t assume this was the only time such an incident occurred, or that it is something limited to Trudeau’s Liberal government.

It’s likely that almost every government, Conservative or Liberal, has done something like this behind closed doors, at one time or another, during their time in power.

And with 9,000 Canadian jobs at stake, it’s pretty understandable that any party in power would press for a favourable resolution that would allow those jobs to continue, especially when there is a commonly-used option like deferred prosecution on the table.

The only thing making this incident different was Wilson-Raybould’s refusal to back away from what she saw as the right thing to do.

Rather than cave to the pressures of her leader, she stood for justice. She knew there would be consequences for her actions, but she refused to let party devotion interfere with the job she was assigned.

For that, she deserves everyone’s respect.

—Black Press Media

Just Posted

Market Day crowds flock to downtown Courtenay

Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay was packed Saturday morning as people flocked… Continue reading

Marine tourism a driving force for Vancouver Island’s economy

State of the Island Economic Summit takes place Oct. 23-24

19 Wing Comox welcomes new wing commander

Col. Dany Poitras assumed command of 19 Wing Comox

Pacific Salmon Foundation contributes $42,000 to Comox Valley wild salmon restoration projects

The Pacific Salmon Foundation announced it is contributing more than $42,000 to… Continue reading

Mount Washington zip line nearing completion

Once finished, the line will be the longest and steepest zip line on Vancouver Island

Jets host peewee baseball tourney

The Comox Valley peewee A Jets baseball team is hosting a 10-team… Continue reading

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

Most Read