Bill Morneau was never after Justin Trudeau’s job. From the beginning, Morneau seemed ill at ease with the thrust and parry of political life.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, former finance minister Bill Morneau, and Governor General Julie Payette pictured at the swearing-in ceremony following a 2019 cabinet shuffle. Mr. Morneau resigned as finance minister on Aug. 17. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—Bill Morneau is a class act. In what must have been an excruciatingly painful press conference, he explained his departure without rancour or bitterness.
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