CD Howe Chairman using position to campaign for Liberals


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:

morneauAnd 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)


11 Responses to “CD Howe Chairman using position to campaign for Liberals”

  1. Liz J Says:

    Let’s spread this one around……fast.

  2. Liz J Says:

    Wonder what the big attraction to a Trudeau led LPC really is?

    • BC Blue Says:

      If you have to ask the question, the answer is usually money.

      • Liz J Says:

        Have to question the convoluted thought process that would lead anyone to attack the Harper Conservatives’ economic record, they must have just crawled out from under a rock somewhere . Pathetic with obviously nothing in their arsenal.

  3. Alain Says:

    And people insisted I was out to lunch when I kept stating that the C.D. Howe Institute is NOT right-wing. Interesting to see this now.

    • mahmood Says:

      When the state funded broadcaster uses Howe as a reference against the government, you know they are not RW.

  4. Martin Says:

    Disturbing to see so much of the Obama tactics and style being imported by LPC for Trudeau Jr. In both cases it is an empty suit that is running, but one that generates great empathy. Liberals have attracted a few supporters with some economic credentials to front their policy positions, but make no mistake, Jr like Obama, has no experience and very little interest in economic matters. A look at some of the proposals at this party meeting should make fiscal conservatives blanch. But, as Jr said the budget will balance itself. Whatever the advice heavyweight thinkers may offer, that is the idea that will prevail. These people would lead Canada down the same disastrous path Obama has shown to the US.

  5. Liz J Says:

    Guessing Chairman Morneau also thinks the budget will balance itself? Wonder how high the Shiny Pony can count in hoof stomps, the good Chairman may want to test him out.

  6. Jen Says:

    Trudeau just like Obama is used.they know that trudeau concern or interest is for ‘himself’ alone, and knowing how easy it is to use him for their own personal interest just as it is done with Obama the better and easier for them to manipulate the outcome just as it is done with Obama. Canadian media are falling right into a trap-NOTHING SURPRISING HERE AT ALL.


  7. fhl Says:

    This article paints a clear picture of PM Harper it is diametrically opposed to Trudeau’s view of PM Harper

  8. Liz J Says:

    Puke worthy from Coyne at NP telling us the LPC is “The Trudeau party now: Liberal leader proves he’s in total control at the National policy convention”. Are we scared yet?

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