Freeland confirmed as finance minister, Trudeau prorogues Parliament until late September – Tries to Avoid ‘WE’ Scandal

Speaking to reporters, Poilievre said the outgoing Morneau is just taking the fall for the government and that Trudeau is the one who should resign.“Bill Morneau is a boy scout next to the Liberal lawbreaker we call Justin Trudeau,” he said.

Poilievre said he did not have hope that Freeland replacing Morneau would mark a change in policy or direction for the Liberals.

“Regardless, though, of how you play musical chairs, we still have the same corrupt and incompetent prime minister ahead of the same corrupt and chaotic government.”

New Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland looks for a seat as ex-Minister of Finance Bill Morneaua and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wait for a session of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic to begin in the Chamber of the House of Commons in Ottawa, Wednesday May 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ADRIAN WYLD

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet last week said he would bring a non-confidence vote himself if Trudeau, Morneau and Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford do not all resign. He said Tuesday a throne speech could just make doing so easier, though he also left the door open to supporting it.

Chrystia Freeland and Dominic LeBlanc arrive along with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a swearing in ceremony following a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/SEAN KILPATRICK

Speaking to his MPs at a caucus retreat in Bonaventure, Que., Blanchet said the party would vote against a throne speech if it does not contain greater health transfers to the provinces, substantially more help for Quebec seniors, and aid to agricultural producers in supply-managed sectors.

The Liberals did not prorogue Parliament during the entirety of their first term in office. The party’s platform in 2015 accused then Prime Minister Stephen Harper of using prorogation to ”avoid difficult political circumstances,” and pledged not to use the tool the same way.