Bill Morneau has resigned as finance minister, and will also step down as the MP for Toronto Centre after having met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier today to discuss reported disagreements over COVID-19 spending plans and proposed environmental initiatives. “I met with the prime minister today to inform him that I did not plan to run again in the next federal election,” Morneau told reporters Monday evening. “It has never been my plan to run for more than two federal election cycles.”
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Bill Morneau has resigned as finance minister, sources tell Radio-Canada and CBC News. Morneau was scheduled to address reporters at 7:15 p.m. tonight after having met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss reported disagreements over COVID-19 spending plans and proposed environmental initiatives. Morneau has been under intense pressure to quit ever since it was revealed that he had forgotten to repay $41,366 in travel expenses covered for him by WE Charity, the organization at the heart of ethics probes into both Trudeau and Morneau.
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — U.S. President Donald Trump has looked at banning additional Chinese-owned companies following his decision to ban the short-video app TikTok, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Monday. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Meadows said the administration was focused particularly on Chinese companies that collected personal data and could pose a national security risk.
A popular refrain on social media during the first term of the Trudeau government was that the PM was little more than a puppet for Gerald Butts, who was then principal secretary to the PM. The taunts sometimes had different angles to them – some of them even roping George Soros into the mix, who was supposedly controlling Butts while Butts controlled Trudeau – but they were all variations on the same theme: That Trudeau wasn’t really in charge or making the decisions.
On Monday, the United States Department of Commerce dealt yet another blow to Huawei. Since May, the U.S. government has been restricting Huawei’s ability to purchase and use semiconductors in their products if they’re of U.S. origin.
Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, is grappling with a spiraling coronavirus outbreak that has led to a lockdown with some of the toughest restrictions in the world — offering a preview of what many urban dwellers elsewhere could confront in coming weeks and months. The police are already confronting opposition. On at least four occasions in the last week, they reported having to smash the windows of cars and pull people out after they refused to provide a name and address at a police checkpoint. Walking to get groceries, Peter Barnes, 56, said he welcomed the stricter rules, though he admitted his city was starting to feel like George Orwell’s “1984,” with the heavy hand of the state around every corner.