‘It lit a fire under me,’ federal justice minister says of ruling on delays

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould answers a question in the House of Commons on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press, July 6, 2017 

OTTAWA — They did not see it coming, but they knew that something likely would derail their plans.

More than a year ago, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould convened a meeting of people engaged in the criminal justice system to hear their views on reform, which included a sober and prescient reflection.

“Extraneous circumstances and events, which are unforeseeable to us today, will hijack the agenda — use them as they can be an effective way to attract and commit public interest,” said a summary of the May 2016 discussion obtained through an access-to-information request.

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