He was wealthy, politically naive, and loyal to the point of tedium. It cost him his job.
Bill Morneau downplayed any conflict with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even as he announced his resignation, following a campaign of leaks from Liberal insiders that undermined his career. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
CHELSEA, QUE.—It no doubt violates the Canadian Manual for Journalistic Standards, but it is hard not to feel sorry for former finance minister Bill Morneau.
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