Wilson-Raybould, the former minister of justice who was expelled from the Liberal caucus in April in a dispute that drew headlines, was the overwhelming choice of editors and reporters from across the country who voted.
The man who expelled her from caucus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, finished a distant second.
Wilson-Raybould’s departure followed news reports that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured her to interfere in the federal case against SNC-Lavalin by asking federal prosecutors to negotiate an agreement with the company, which was accused of bribing representatives of the Libyan government in 2015 to obtain construction contracts.
In a Globe and Mail article published on February 7, 2019, anonymous sources alleged that Wilson-Raybould refused the directive which would have given SNC-Lavalin a simple fine under a deferred prosecution agreement rather than a criminal trial.
The article was published shortly after Wilson-Raybould was demoted to minister of veterans affairs.
Wilson-Raybould and the Liberals often sparred verbally after her dismissal and it was thought the so-called SNC-Lavalin scandal would play a major role in the Oct. 21 federal election.
It remains unclear how much it mattered, but Trudeau’s Liberals were reduced to minority status in the vote.
Wilson-Raybould was re-elected as in Independent and continues to make news for her current refusal to leave her offices on Parliament Hill.
Earlier this month, Wilson-Raybould, a former Assembly of First Nations regional chief was honoured by First Nations leaders during a ceremony that saw her called a hero, a trailbreaker and an icon.
With files from CP