Steinbach, MB – Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, issued the following statement in response to the news that his parliamentary colleague, the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, has decided not to run in the next federal election:
“Jody Wilson-Raybould has served Canadians as a prosecutor, Member of Parliament, and Cabinet Minister, as well as serving her community as a regional Chief. Her decision not to seek re-election is a loss for the House of Commons and a loss for Canada.
“Jody Wilson-Raybould came to Parliament to serve her community and her constituents. As a senior cabinet minister—Canada’s first Indigenous Justice Minister and Attorney General— she swore an oath to serve Canadians and uphold the rule of law in our land. When pressured by the Prime Minster, and others in her party, to inappropriately intervene in the ongoing criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, Jody Wilson-Raybould chose, instead, to honour her oath and serve the interests of Canadians. For this brave act she was first demoted and later kicked out of the Liberal caucus.
“This was shameful treatment of an honorable colleague and dedicated public servant by a Prime Minster and Liberal Party who believe themselves to be above the law.
“In an open letter to her constituents, she writes: ‘From my seat over the past six years, I have noticed a change in Parliament, a regression. It has become more toxic and ineffective while simultaneously marginalizing individuals of certain backgrounds.’
“While I still believe in our parliamentary system, I can certainly understand her perspective and the growing cynicism of many Canadians.
“While she and I often disagreed on the issues, I know her to be an intelligent, thoughtful, respectful parliamentarian, and, above all, a person of honesty and integrity. In this, Jody Wilson-Raybould was, and remains, a role model for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, alike.
“Her voice will be greatly missed in the House of Commons.”