Wilson-Raybould’s principled stand has ended her political career

Editor:

Jody Wilson-Raybould's political career is over. What a shame. As the saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

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Politics is at best a messy affair with insider deals, lobbyists and tough decisions. Wilson-Raybould's belief that she can continue to sit as a Liberal is pie in the sky dreaming. She made a tough decision on the SNC Lavalin affair and is admired for it, but no political animal will ever survive disagreeing with their leader, no matter how noble their beliefs or causes.

For all her smarts, Wilson-Raybould is not street smart. You have to play the political game to survive and influence the government you’re working for. She had a phenomenal position to impress, influence and have a positive impact on women in power but in the end she couldn't do what is messy and unpleasant to survive as a Liberal member of this Parliament, which begs the question: Why would she want to stay as a Liberal anyhow?

For all her impressive ethics and high moral character, Wilson-Raybould has made a fatal decision, politically speaking, but as a politician she's a rare one who truly stood up for her beliefs. Sadly she will be missed. Too bad because she certainly has my vote. I wish her well.

Barrie McDonald

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