Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will be sworn in as Canada's new finance minister later today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also looking to prorogue Parliament next month in order to come back with a new speech from the throne and an economic update in October.

Multiple sources confirm to The Canadian Press that Freeland will remain as deputy prime minister as she adds the finance portfolio to her already packed list of responsibilities.

Bill Morneau announced last night he was leaving the Finance post following much speculation about a growing rift between him and Trudeau.

Both Morneau and Trudeau are embroiled in ethical investigations for not recusing themselves from a decision to award a large student grant contract to WE Charity despite both having close ties to the organization.

The Trudeau government is also planning a cabinet retreat in mid-September with the intention of proroguing Parliament and presenting a pandemic recovery plan in a throne speech in early October.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2020.

Note to Nat Observer ~ give her a break ! Yes your photo choice says Ms Freeland, even in May, was working real hard and now she is assuming the Finance Ministry to boot. Got it ! We all get it!
If you really wanted to actually support her ~ which would be helpful ~ an energized, empathetic and uplifting picture of her would be better received by atleast this reader.