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Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould embraces new mandate with great expectations

The to-do list is long for Jody Wilson-Raybould. From changes to the anti-terror bill, to doctor-assisted-death, to confronting mandatory minimum sentencing. Much of her mandate appears to focus on undoing what the Harper government did. But the new Justice Minister is up for the challenge.
Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould wants to "create an environment for all candians to thrive, irrespective of their gender, race, beliefs." (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

In the days after the Liberal party's landslide federal election win last month, Jody Wilson-Raybould's name surfaced from time to time as a possible cabinet pick.

She'd been a star Liberal candidate in her Vancouver-Granville riding. And she brought an impressive resume as a former crown prosecutor, treaty commissioner, and B.C. Association of First Nations Regional Chief. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould during the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall, Wednesday Nov.4, 2015 in Ottawa. (CP/Adrian Wyld)
"I will truly and faithfully execute the powers and trust imposed in me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada." - Jody Wilson Raybouldat swearing-in ceremony

But it was only after her new posts were officially announced — as Canada's new Justice Minister and Attorney General — that her truly historic place in the new cabinet became clear, as well as the truly great expectations the new Prime Minister must have of her. 

Because the mandate that's been handed to Jody Wilson-Raybould reads like a list of some of the country's most contentious and critical issues. The to do list includes an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls;  reducing the rate of incarceration among aboriginal people; physician-assisted death; Bill C-51;  and marijuana legalization, to name just a few...

Jody Wilson-Raybould joined us from Ottawa to talk about how she will navigate that lengthy list.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant.