Canadian Treasury Secretary Bill Morneau stepped down this Monday amid tensions he had maintained with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the past few weeks over economic policies to overcome the crisis caused by the pandemic. and the investigation into him over connections he would have with a charity that the government had commissioned for more than $ 40 million.
Morneau, who has been in office for five years, announced his surprise resignation at a press conference in Ottawa at which he also expressed his resignation from his position as MP for the Toronto-Center District and his intentions for the Organization’s General Secretariat Application for cooperation and development (OECD).
“As we enter a new phase in the fight against the pandemic, it is time for a new finance minister to carry out this project,” said Morneau, who sees the economic recovery as “long” and uncertain. “
For his part, Prime Minister Trudeau announced on his official Twitter account that he had accepted the resignation of his previous Finance Minister and that, over the past five years, Morneau “has worked tirelessly to support all Canadians and create an economy that benefits all . “