Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Rainy River

Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Rainy River

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Statement – March 2, 2019

As a lawyer, the only First Nations Member of Parliament from Ontario, former chair of the Liberal Indigenous Caucus and the first Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, Ms. Wilson-Raybould is someone I have had the pleasure of working with over the past number of years.

I was pleased that she was able to testify about her experiences yesterday. Her testimony was an important insight for us as a government and for all Canadians. It is unfortunate that Ms. Wilson-Raybould felt pressured in her role as Attorney General. However, I am hopeful that this is an opportunity for growth and change.

At the same time, the Prime Minister has been clear that he and his staff always acted appropriately and according to all the rules. It is normal for the government to have discussions about potential jobs losses and to be focused on growing the economy.

The Government has also welcomed the Ethics Commissioner looking into this, which is his job as Parliament’s officer to do so.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould recommended that the Justice Committee study the roles of Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and whether they should be separated. I agree with this . It is important that, moving forward, we listen carefully to all witnesses and their insights on this matter.