You really have to ask yourself why Bill Morneau is still Chairman of the CD Howe Institute after the Liberals leaked to their friendly media allies that he will be running for them in the next election and then used the Liberal convention as an opportunity to attack the Conservatives:
The Liberal convention Saturday heard a rousing, partisan speech from someone who once seemed an unlikely source: the chairman of C.D. Howe Institute, a traditionally small-c conservative economic think tank.
Bill Morneau, who runs the personnel firm Morneau Shepell, used his short address at the convention to denounce the Conservative government’s economic record and assail their relentless partisanship.
“Harper Conservatives turn a blind eye to these problems, their minds focussed on partisan politics of the very worse kind,” he said, to enthusiastic applause.
“This businessperson, for one, is frustrated by government cabinet ministers who like to talk about growth,” he said, but are instead concerned with “politics without purpose, politics focussed solely on beating the other side rather an leading Canadians to the other side.”
Next to Morneau was a huge video screen identifying him as C.D. Howe chair.
There was, however, no mention in Morneau’s speech of the fact that he is apparently seeking a nomination as a Liberal candidate in the next election.
Over the past few weeks, Morneau has been floated in media reports as a potential “star candidate.” Indeed, shortly before Morneau stepped behind the podium, news of his intended riding was leaked to Althia Raj of the Huffington Post, who reported that he’ll run in Toronto Centre, currently held by another heavily-recruited Liberal, MP Chrystia Freeland.
In this scenario, Freeland will switch in 2015 in the newly-created riding Laurentian-Elite University-Rosedale. (see here)
No Conservative should ever again donate to CD Howe:
And let them know why you won’t here
Update: Morneau’s idiotic answers in response to questions from reporter Justin Ling completely embarrasses himself, the Liberals and the CD Howe Institute (see here)
Update: Morneau resigned his position today claiming to be doing so because of a want to be open and transparent:
“I am proud of the C.D. Howe Institute and its outstanding work on Canada’s economic policy challenges,” said Morneau, who is also Executive Chairman of Morneau Shepell. “With my new role as an adviser to the Liberal Party of Canada, however, I believe that I should stand aside before the end of my term this May to ensure that the Institute’s nonpartisan reputation remains intact.” (see here)