Pharmacare, climate change, housing—there are plenty of problems and solutions awaiting a Liberal government that has signalled it wants to think big as it attempts to lead Canada back to prosperity.
New Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will control the purse strings as the Liberal government aims to steer Canada out of the biggest financial crisis in years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—So, the architect of the myriad bold but essential COVID-related programs has resigned, and we have a new finance minister.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.