Ministers in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet have learned a hard lesson in recent times: disagreeing with the boss is hazardous to one’s political career. His latest victim was Canada’s chief financier, Bill Morneau, who was cut loose supposedly after a policy disagreement with his boss, making way for the more congenial Chrystia Freeland. Although prime ministers and finance ministers who don’t see eye to eye is nothing new in Ottawa, Morneau’s departure fits a worrying pattern of a prime minister who dismisses ministers who challenge him.
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