The biggest national political story of the week has centred around Jody Wilson-Raybould.
It started when the Globe and Mail reported that the former justice minister had spurned pressure from the prime minister's staff to try to get criminal charges dropped against construction-services giant SNC-Lavalin.
That fuelled speculation that this was why she lost the justice portfolio and was transferred to the lower-profile ministry of veterans affairs.
Then she abruptly quit this post while remaining Liberal MP for Vancouver Granville—creating a major political headache for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Today, Wilson-Raybould tweeted a message about the annual February 14 Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
And it offered an opportunity to see how she's being perceived over social media.
The tweet attracted more than 1,200 likes and 319 retweets. Here are some of the messages written to Wilson-Raybould in response:
"My wife is a litigator and we are proud of your ethics!"
"As a Liberal supporter I have been disappointed by this government which may be understating things. The integrity you've shown is admirable and refreshing, something needed in the leadership of this country."
"We're praying for you Jody!"
"PM Jody Wilson-Raybould, has a nice ring to it!"
"We are behind you Miss Raybould Ray-(Bold) how anyone could believe what Trudeau or Horse-Feathers
#Housefathers says is beyond me....Conservatives new campaign add should be....Justin he's just not JODY!"
"Nice to see you speaking out with the integrity, respect, and conviction I have learned to expect from you, even after Justin's drive-by smear campaign yesterday. Canadians around the country support you."
"I hope one day you would consider being our Prime Minister."
"You are awesome."
"Proud of you Puglaas. A woman of integrity."
"I’m a conservative leaning individual but I have to say I really respect your honesty and integrity it’s very refreshing in the sometimes cynical world of politics. Keep up the great work you are doing for your constituents and all Canadians. Happy Valentine’s Day."
Not everyone, of course, is thrilled with Wilson-Raybould. Here was one dissenting comment.
"You need to clear the air that your resignation had nothing to do with Lavilan [sic]. Seriously. Do you REALLY want Scheer as PM? You can’t be that bitter."
But on the whole, the messages were overwhelmingly positive, which doesn't bode well for Trudeau in an election year.
Meanwhile, eight Indigenous members of the Canadian Senate issued a joint statement today offering praise for Wilson-Raybould's contributions.
"We would like to acknowledge and commend former Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould for her accomplishments in the justice portfolio," they stated. "While in that position, she displayed personal strength of character, integrity and dedication to modernize the justice system and work towards reconciliation.
"Her contributions will leave a lasting mark in history and will serve as an inspiration for Indigenous people, woman and youth to contribute to their communities and politics.
"Eeven though some will see this as a threat to the promise and process of reconciliation, it is not," they continued. "It is a measure of the distance we have yet to go and the challenges we have yet to overcome. So as long as Ms. Wilson-Raybould, and other men and women like her, gain and remain on the national scene and show the integrity we need to persevere on this journey, change will occur."
The signatories were Margaret Dawn Anderson, Yvonne Boyer, Dan Christmas, Lillian E. Dyck, Brian Francis, Sandra Lovelace-Nicholas, Mary Jame McCallum, and Murray Sinclair.
Sinclair chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada before being appointed to the Senate.More