Bill Morneau

Trudeau and Morneau walk towards their plane as they depart Ottawa Nov. 13, 2015, for the G20 Summit in Turkey (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)

Bill Morneau, melting away

Paul Wells: The PM is permitting his finance minister—the supposed incarnation of his government’s fiscal credibility—to be set up. It does not bode well.
Trudeau heads to the podium during a function at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention on Mar 2 2020 (CP)

The Canada Student Service Grant’s unusual cabinet ride

Andrew MacDougall: A look inside how Cabinet decisions are actually made casts doubt over Trudeau’s extraordinary claim about the WE decision
Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger speak during We Day in Toronto on Oct. 2, 2014 (CP/Hannah Yoon)

Every important number in the WE drama that’s consuming Ottawa

A $912-million program with a $43-million payout and 100,000 student volunteers who needed $5,000? And what about that $41,366 cheque?
Marc Kielburger (left) and Craig Kielburger (right) appear as witnesses via videoconference during a House finance committee meeting on July 28, 2020 (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)

Five takeaways from the Kielburgers’ testimony

It was a different sort of WE day in Ottawa, as the charity’s co-founders appeared before the House finance committee. Here’s what you need to know.
The Canada Border Services Agency took criticism from the auditor general's office over its failure to track down deportees. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

How to bury bad news in the middle of a hot summer

Why did Finance Minister Bill Morneau and the auditor general drop important reports on the very same midsummer day?
A copy of the federal government's Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020 is thumbed through as reporters take part in a media lock-up for the in Ottawa on Jul. 8, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

A pandemic-era economic and fiscal snapshot or patting their own backs?

Marie-Danielle Smith: Though much of Canadian society has struggled financially during COVID-19, we have assurances that more money is ’in the pockets’ of Canadians because of Liberal policies
Morneau takes part in a media lock-up for the federal government's economic and fiscal snapshot (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

There’s no putting a shine on Canada’s fiscal picture

Bill Morneau’s ’fiscal snapshot’ predicts a $343-billion deficit—nearly 16 per cent of the country’s annual GDP
A field of solar energy panels beside a deactivated oilwell pumpjack near Brooks, Alberta on Tues., May 28, 2019. (Larry MacDougal /CP)

Industry leaders call for bold green recovery in open letter

’Now is the time to be courageous and bold. We encourage governments to lead a collaborative and bold economic recovery building on the strengths of our existing economy and talent to capture the growth markets of the future.’

Coronavirus: The early show

Paul Wells: There were layers of chaos in Ottawa as a handful of MPs hurried to pass a coronavirus support bill. And this crisis is just getting started.
Bill Morneau

Canada needs a coronavirus stimulus plan. Here’s what it should look like.

As the stock market crashes and oil prices plunge, experts agree fiscal stimulus is needed, but differ on how big it should be and what form it should take