EDITORIAL – Wilson-Raybould needs to move on and move out

Wilson-Raybould listens to questions from Commons justice committee last February. (Image: TV screenshot)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE PERKS OF PUBLIC OFFICE are tough for politicians to give up when they’re no longer in the job. When once they were somebody, now they’re nobody special.

That seems to be the case with Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Independent MP for Vancouver-Granville.

Wilson-Raybould barely managed to hold on to her seat in the federal election, and now she’s trying to hold onto the offices she had when she was a cabinet minister.

As an Independent MP, surely the loneliest of all jobs in Ottawa, she’s at the rock bottom of the list for dibs on offices. The Liberals want her current offices for another cabinet minister but she’s sitting tight.

According to Wilson-Raybould, this isn’t a news story, it’s a distraction. Typically, a politician’s  definition of news is anything that makes them look good, while their definition of non-news is anything that makes them look bad.

One can’t help but wonder what the distraction is from, though if there is one it’s of her own making.

What made her think, as an MP without a party, she would be entitled to stay in ministerial offices when so many other MPs have to move?

I’ve been in quite a few MPs’ and ministers’ offices, and there’s a big difference between them. Typically, an MP has three rooms, one at the doorway where a secretary works, another to one side where the MP works, and maybe another for other staff.

Minster’s offices, on the other hand, are expansive panelled suites of a half dozen rooms befitting the office. Wilson-Raybould’s current suite has six offices and a private washroom.
This could get embarrassing if she has to be forcibly removed to less comfortable digs.

Best she re-assesses her entitlements, moves on and moves out.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Wilson-Raybould needs to move on and move out

  1. Shelly Mukwa Musayett // December 16, 2019 at 2:11 PM // Reply

    I can hardly type through all the laughter. The Arm Chair Mayor is upset at an Indigenous person who chooses to remain on property she is not “entitled to stay in”. Oh Canada, take a look at your history of coming onto Indigenous lands that didn’t belong to you, and refusing to leave just because you like it and want to stay. 🤔🤣😂 To partially quote you Mel, maybe it’s an opportunity for all Canadians to re-assesses their entitlements, and consider “moving on”. You are hilarious.

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