Chrystia Freeland Was Sworn In As Federal Finance Minister

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Chrystia Freeland was sworn in as federal finance minister today, the first woman to hold the position. 

With the Canadian budget deficit at it’s largest in over 70 years, planning for the economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic is crucial.

Before Parliament starts back up this fall, the Liberal government has prorogued Parliament and will introduce a new throne speech. 

Proroguing parliament shuts down the House of Commons committees investigating the WE Charity. It also means that the last sitting day of parliament scheduled for next week is cancelled. There is no word on when Parliament would restart. The Canadian Press report Parliament would restart in September. 

Pierre Poilievre said that Trudeau should have resigned along with minister of finance Bill Morneau and that he did not have hope that Freeland replacing Morneau would mark a change in policy for the Liberals 

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said that the party would vote against a throne speech for a number of reasons including greater health transfers to the provinces. This comes less than a week after he said that he would bring a non-confidence vote if Trudeau, Morneau and Chief of Staff Katie Telford didn’t resign.

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