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Jody Wilson-Raybould’s dad once told Pierre Trudeau his daughter wanted to be prime minister

Old footage of Bill Wilson telling Pierre Trudeau about his daughters.

Newly-appointed Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has a long history of involvement in Aboriginal politics. A member of the We Wai Kai nation, she’s also former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.

And it runs in the family. Her father, Bill Wilson, was a First Nations activist and vice-president of the Native Council of Canada. In that role, at a First Ministers’ Conference in 1983, he told Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau about his daughters, who he said wanted to be prime minister someday.

Trudeau’s response? “Tell them I’ll stick around until they’re ready.”

Wilson-Raybould isn’t prime minister yet, but justice minister is a good step forward if she’s still going for the top job.

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