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Jody
Wilson-Raybould

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould was the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville from 2015 to 2021. She served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Associate Minister of National Defence until her resignation in 2019. She is a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader in British Columbia’s First Nations. A member of the We Wai Kai Nation, Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. Her traditional name, Puglaas, means “woman born to noble people.” Wilson-Raybould lives in Vancouver.

Award History

2021 Finalist

Balsillie Prize for Public Policy
for “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power

Jury Citation

"A thoughtful and respectful memoir, “Indian” in the Cabinet provides an overview of Jody Wilson-Raybould's time as a member of parliament and a senior federal cabinet minister. Wilson-Raybould describes how public policy plays out within an established institutional context, and shares her own powerful personal encounters with three long-standing features of the policy landscape in Canada: executive power, party discipline, and cabinet solidarity. This book is Wilson-Raybould’s plea that Canadians not take our institutions for granted, nor allow complacency to lead us into a collective malaise as we face the challenges of the future. It is our job to do the hard work and due diligence required to maintain good governance."

—2021 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy Jury (Samantha Nutt, Taki Sarantakis, and Scott Young)