The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition that independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould said on Thursday that she hopes an apology from Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has "authenticity." The Globe's Kristy Kirkup writes that on Wednesday, Ms. Wilson-Raybould made a post on Twitter in which she commented on an announcement earlier that day by the Cowessess First Nation that a search with ground-penetrating radar had located unmarked gravesites at a residential school in Saskatchewan. On Thursday, Ms. Wilson-Raybould made another Twitter post, this one containing a screenshot. The screenshot shows two text messages from Ms. Bennett to Ms. Wilson-Raybould. One message had a single word, "Pension ?"
An MP with six years of service is eligible for their pension. Ms. Wilson-Raybould first became an MP for the Liberal Party in 2015 and would have six years of service in October. If an election were held before then and she were to lose her seat, she would be unable to collect.
Ms. Wilson-Raybould, a former attorney-general who was removed from that position amid the SNC-Lavalin controversy, said Ms. Bennett's message reflected a stereotype that "Indigenous peoples are lazy," and that they only want money.
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