OTTAWA, AUGUST 18: Chrystia Freeland was sworn in as Canada’s new Finance Minister today after Bill Morneau stepped down on Monday. Freeland is the first woman to become the Finance Minister. She will remain the Deputy Prime Minister. Freeland, who was also serving as Intergovernmental Affairs Minister, will be replaced by Dominic LeBlanc takes.
On Freeland’s new authority Trudeau said “Chrystia Freeland and I have had conversations over the past almost decade now about how we need to create a fairer country for Canadians, how we need to grow the economy in ways that [help] everyone. She wrote a book on the subject and has been a key player in my government since Day 1.” The Prime Minister said he was grateful for Freeland’s service and would continue to rely on her in the coming months.
However, the conservatives and the NDP had a lot to say about this new appointment of Finance Minister made by the Liberal government.
Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said playing “musical chairs” with the cabinet will not allow the Liberals to overcome the government’s failures. He said that Morneau is a “boy scout” compared to Trudeau’s ethics breaches and said the prime minister should resign.