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The Morneau Doctrine: to be continued or not?

By Andrew Cardozo      

Here's a list some of the things Bill Morneau has put into place over the last five years and you can read it either as the legacy of a finance minister who is about to exit because of his lapses in judgment, or as a list of achievements which justifies why he must stay because his work is so important at this time.

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, pictured Feb. 19, 2020, at the House Finance Committee on the Hill. And here’s the thing. His huge wealth does not seem to have obscured his ability to understand the plight of the many little people who are hurting in this pandemic and who needed the big programs like CERB and CEWS or the more boutique life rafts that he threw out to gig workers, single mothers, students and stage hands. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Bill Morneau has been one of the longer serving federal finance ministers and probably the most revolutionary when it comes to doing big things. He has a record of big measures in normal times and extraordinary measures in the recent times of crisis. I’m calling it the Morneau Doctrine.

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