Inside Politics

Lisa Raitt goes for the gold in Olympic sidestep

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With Canada's Amateur Sport Minister Bal Gosal focused on the Canadian athletes competing in London, it fell to Labour Minister Lisa Raitt to sub in and wave the federal government's flag at a KidSport announcement Thursday in Toronto.

But like several of her colleagues this summer, Raitt met up with an opponent of the federal government's recent cuts to refugee health benefits.

This time it was a school nurse who waded into the scrum, reminding Raitt that Canadian gold and now bronze-medalist wrestler Carol Huynh began her Canadian journey as a refugee before going on to be a source of our collective pride.

Raitt saw her opening with the Olympic reference and spun the intervention around by saying how proud she was of all Canada's athletes. She moved swiftly on to the next reporter as the nurse reminded her of the importance of having medical insurance.

Tags: protest, refugee cuts

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