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<p class=On Wednesday, February 7, David Eby claimed that the MP for Coquitlam-Maillardville, Selina Robinson, had offered her resignation to two times. She did not directly confirm this information.

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Since his resignation on Monday, B.C.'s former post-secondary education minister, Selina Robinson, has disappeared from public view, and analysts are wondering whether this “rapid” departure poses political risks for David Eby's government.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The MP for Coquitlam-Maillardville has been in the hot seat since last week due to a video in which she claimed that the territory where Israel was created was a crappy piece of land. before the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948.

Selina Robinson participated in an online activity organized by B&#x27 ;nai Brith, a Canadian organization that defends Jewish rights.

David Eby was caught between the tree and the bark. […] If she has already made comments on the conflict in recent months which were tolerated, there, she clearly crossed a line and the pressure came from several groups, according to Nicolas Kenny, political analyst and professor at the department of #x27;history at Simon Fraser University.

Last fall, on X, Selina Robinson, for example, compared the experience of First Nations to colonialism with the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. During the activity organized by B'nai Brith, she again compared the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a hypothetical conflict over land restitution between the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.

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Selina Robinson first worried excused on February 2.

It's clear that she had no intention of resigning and David Eby had no intention of removing her.

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But the pressure from the Muslim community, students, and teachers was very strong, particularly due to an election year in which the vote is scheduled for October 19.

On Monday February 5, Selina presented a more sincere apology again, specifies Nicolas Kenny. She says she is going to take courses on Islamophobia.

Again no sign of resignation.

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On February 5, 2024, Prime Minister David Eby announced the resignation of Selina Robinson from her position as Minister of Post-Secondary Education. She was not at the press conference.

Hours later, David Eby quickly summoned the media to announce that Ms. Robinson had left office without her being present at the press conference. This information was confirmed by Selina Robinson, in a written statement from the New Democratic Party, which remained unclear as to whether the departure was voluntary or not.

What happened in the meantime?

Two things: Sunday night's cancellation of a Surrey fundraiser for the campaign and a meeting Monday with the NDP caucus preparing for the February 20 Speech from the Throne.

It should be noted that the caucus was held in Surrey, because the city is likely to have significant weight during the elections. Surrey includes ridings that do not de facto vote for the New Democratic Party (NDP).

According to analysts Hamish Telford of the University of the Fraser Valley and Nicolas Kenny, resignations in politics are rare because governments do not want to be seen as weak.

Selina Robinson is highly esteemed by the political class. She is seen as a politician who crosses partisan lines. She also took back Coquitlam-Maillardville from the Liberals in 2013. She went from an asset to a weakness.

A quote from Nicolas Kenny, political analyst, Simon Fraser University

If we also compare the demotion of Mitzi Dean, the former Minister of Children and Family Development, on January 15, and that of Selina Robinson , it took at least months before David Eby listened to calls for Ms. Dean's resignation.

For Mr. Kenny and Mr. Telford, David Eby therefore tried to stem the crisis quickly with Ms. Robinson because of the elections and to bring public discourse back to his party's priorities.

The pressure was high on David Eby. It's an important month for the NDP with the Speech from the Throne and the budget. Plus, it's an election year. The controversy took over while the caucus was on retreat [in Surrey], says Hamish Telford.

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On February 5, around thirty demonstrators went to the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, on the occasion of the NDP caucus retreat to demand the departure of Selina Robinson.

With her apologies, Selina Robinson also announced that she was not going to run for re-election. So I don't think it will be an issue for the party this fall, concludes Nicolas Kenny.

But in politics, nothing is won d 'advance.

By appeasing groups calling for the resignation of Ms. Robinson, who is Jewish, David Eby also offended several key members of this community in the province who saw the MP as a strong voice against anti-Semitism. And this, even if the MP will remain in the caucus.

The question that David Eby must ask himself now is whether the electoral weight of the Jewish community harms his party which has so far enjoyed a comfortable majority in the polls.

David Eby sends a message to his troops: Avoid making such mistakes. Because when you're at the top of the polls, the only direction you have is down.

A quote from Nicolas Kenny, political analyst, Simon Fraser University

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