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Trudeau ‘Deserves Credit’ for Covid Aid, Ex-Finance Chief Says

  • Morneau quit government amid rift with Canadian prime minister
  • But former Bay Street exec declines to explain reasons why
Bill Morneau, shown alongside Justin Trudeau in March 2020, will shed more light on his departure from government in a memoir next year.
Bill Morneau, shown alongside Justin Trudeau in March 2020, will shed more light on his departure from government in a memoir next year.Photographer: David Kawai/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former finance minister defended the Liberal government’s response in the early days of the pandemic, arguing policymakers got the big things right even if there are questions over the cost. 

Bill Morneau, in one of his first media interviews since leaving politics in August 2020, downplayed differences he had with Trudeau at the time of his departure, saying the prime minister deserves credit for recognizing the scale of the crisis and the magnitude of stimulus required.