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Decades-old video surfaces showing father of Canada’s new justice minister predicting her political future

First Nations leader Bill Wilson seen in a 1983 exchange with then Canadian P.M. Pierre Trudeau at the constitutional conference on native issues. (YouTube)

An eerie exchange that took place 32 years ago, between the father of the newly sworn-in Canadian justice minister and the father of Canada’s new prime minister, has turned out to be startlingly prescient.

The little joust between First Nations leader Bill Wilson (father of newly sworn-in justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould) and P.M. Pierre Trudeau (father of brand new P.M. Justin Trudeau) took place in 1983 at the constitutional conference on native issues in Ottawa.

In the video, Wilson tells Pierre Trudeau, “I have two children in Vancouver Island, both of whom for some misguided reason say they want to be a lawyer. Both of whom want to be the prime minister.”

There is light laughter in the room, before Wilson pauses for effect, and adds, “Both of whom, Mister prime minister, are women.”

Laughter erupts.

The camera then moves to Trudeau who, with arch comic timing responds dryly: “Tell them I’ll stick around until they’re ready,” to even louder laughter. After a long pause Wilson fires back that “one of them could be out here on a plane this evening.”

Trudeau smiles discreetly.

A campaign poster shows Pierre Trudeau with Jody Wilson-Raybould. (Facebook/Jody Wilson-Raybould)

A campaign poster shows Pierre Trudeau with Jody Wilson-Raybould. (Facebook/Jody Wilson-Raybould)

On Wednesday, Pierre’s son Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new P.M, swore in his cabinet, made up of 50 percent women (“Because it’s 2015”), including Wilson’s daughter Jody. Wilson told CBC that seeing his daughter appointed Justice Minister three decades after the exchange with Pierre Trudeau is “karma or kismet.”

“[Pierre] Trudeau was, without a doubt, the most brilliant white guy I ever met in my life,” said Wilson. “It looks like the young guy has a chip off the old block.”

Read the full story at CBC.

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