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The damage already done by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation

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When the history of our political times is written, the decision last month to take the prestigious justice ministry from Jody Wilson-Raybould may go down as the Trudeau government’s most calamitous mistake.

Even if Wilson-Raybould wasn’t quite up to snuff, even “difficult,” as unnamed government officials let on to various reporters, the prime minister could simply have left her in place until the next election. Other ministers have stumbled more badly than she ever did and stayed in their posts.

But no. Justin Trudeau chose to demote Wilson-Raybould to the important but clearly lesser position of veterans’ affairs, setting off a chain of events that led to her storming out of cabinet on Tuesday in a manner that rocks the Liberal government to its core.

This self-inflicted bungle undermines the government’s professed principles and values all along the line. There is undoubtedly more to come in this affair, but consider the damage that has already been inflicted:

  • Trudeau’s image as a feminist leader is shaken. Allowing unidentified Liberals to undermine Wilson-Raybould’s credibility by talking trash about her was bound to be seen as sexist — even among other Liberals. Not a good look for this famously female-friendly prime minister.

  • The government’s claim to make Indigenous issues a top priority has also taken a huge hit. Sidelining an........

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