Freeland doesn’t have the Bay Street experience of Morneau. Does it matter?

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Chrystia Freeland covered the world of finance as a journalist, and spent some time as managing director of Thomson Reuters. But Canada’s female finance minister lacks the Bay Street credentials of her predecessor, Bill Morneau, who was CEO of the large Canadian human resource firm Morneau Shepell. Yet that’s not necessarily the only credential that’s important when it comes time to choose a finance minister, which is considered the crown jewel of cabinet positions. Freeland has the political and financial skills to succeed — and important credentials as a negotiator, according to several experts.