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Canada Appoints First Aboriginal Woman as Justice Minister

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Canada Appoints First Aboriginal Woman as Justice Minister

PREMIER Christy Clark on Wednesday said in a statement: "On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I want to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his newly appointed cabinet ministers".

Jody Wilson-Raybould was just sworn in as Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

It is a first for an Aboriginal Canadian.

As Canada's new attorney general - a title change from solicitor general - Wilson- Raybould inherits one of the most important cabinet portfolios, one held by former PMs Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Jean Chretien in previous Liberal governments.

"What we are looking at is forging a relationship that's based on having a partner in the federal government and us partnering with the Indigenous Peoples of this country to develop joint solutions and assisting in moving forward in true reconciliation", Wilson-Raybould told CBC News prior to her appointment.

Canada Appoints First Aboriginal Woman as Justice Minister

Wilson-Raybould said a lack of cooperation from the Conservative government at the time prompted her to run for the Liberals in the 2015 elections.

As far as a cabinet role is concerned, Wilson-Raybould would only say she would be "happy to serve at the pleasure of the prime minister" if she is offered a front-bench position next week. The Tories had previously appointed a three- person panel, two members of which were said to be advocating against assisted death. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided in favour of allowing the use of medical marijuana in any and all forms, but questions remained as to individuals growing their own cannabis plants.

The justice minister also serves on the committee on open and transparent government and the committee on diversity and inclusion.

Grand Chief Ed John says he's confident Wilson-Raybould will launch a long-demanded inquiry on the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women and pave the road towards reconciliation.

Wilson-Raybould's background is in law.

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