Need an Expert? Resignation of Finance Minister Bill Morneau

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Parliament of Canada

Members of the media may directly contact the following experts:

Penny Collenette (English only)
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

“Any resignation from Cabinet is personally awkward and political messy. As is the pattern, the reasons generally build up over time until they reach a boiling point. In this case, Morneau’s resignation has given way to a historic and meaningful opportunity to appoint the first female federal Minister of Finance.”

David Moscrop (English only)
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Communication, Faculty of Arts

“Canadians will be left wondering why Bill Morneau resigned long after he's been replaced and the government's legislative agenda has moved on. Meanwhile, the story that a G7 finance minister resigned during a pandemic to pursue the leadership of the OECD while his country faces a $300b deficit is going to strain credulity.”

Duff Conacher (English and French)
PhD student, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

“Like many people who enter politics after being a big business executive, Minister Morneau showed little understanding that Cabinet ministers have to be fair and ethical and open to listening to everyone, not just their friends and big business executives. Hopefully the new finance minister will be more open to making changes to ensure Canada’s big banks and insurance companies, and other big businesses and the entire economy, serve everyone fairly and well.”

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