Vancouver MP Jody Wilson-Raybould loses justice portfolio in Justin Trudeau cabinet shuffle

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      The resignation of Scott Brison from the Liberal cabinet has led to a high-profile Indigenous politician being shuffled out of her ministry.

      Vancouver Granville MP Jody Wilson-Raybould is the new minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence.

      She was previously the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada.

      Wilson-Raybould has been replaced by David Lametti, a Montreal-area MP who was parliamentary secretary to the minister of innovation, science and economic development.

      The transfer of Wilson-Raybould comes as a court hearing is underway concerning the extradition of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States.

      Ultimately, the attorney general will make the decision on whether Meng should be sent to the United States if the extradition request is upheld in court.

      Lametti has been a law professor at McGill University and is fully bilingual.

      Wilson-Raybould's move came shortly after Indigenous protests occurred across the country in opposition to the Coastal Gaslink pipeline, which will provide natural gas to a proposed LNG Canada plant near Kitimat.

      Last week, demonstrators forced Trudeau to deliver a speech on Indigenous issues in another building in Ottawa. Trudeau was also heckled at a town-hall meeting in Kamloops last week over the pipeline.

      As justice minister, Wilson-Raybould oversaw the introduction of legislation concerning physician-assisted death and cannabis legalization. In both instances, these laws have been heavily criticized by those who feel these laws are too restrictive.

      Wilson-Raybould is a former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

      The cabinet shuffle means that both of Vancouver's ministers now hold military-related portfolios.

      Harjit Sajjan, who represents Vancouver South, continues as the minister of national defence.

      Brison's replacement as president of the treasury board and minister of digital development is Jane Philpott.

      The former minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence, Seamus O'Regan, replaced Philpott as minister of Indigenous services.

      There's also a new minister of rural economic development, Bernadette Jordan.