The Paul Wells Show Live: Former Finance Minister Bill Morneau
On January 23, former Minister of Finance Bill Morneau joined Paul Wells, upon the release of Morneau’s new book, Where to From Here: A Path to Canadian Prosperity.
Morneau was a pillar of the Trudeau government, before resigning in the summer of 2020. He’ll talk about what he saw inside the government, speak frankly about why he left, and share his vision for a prosperous Canada.
This event was part of a week of live podcast tapings for The Paul Wells Show. The Paul Wells Show is produced by Antica Productions in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the National Arts Centre. The founding sponsor is TELUS. The title sponsor is Compass Rose. Its publishing partners are The Toronto Star and iPolitics.
Listen to conversation here.
About our Speakers:
Bill Morneau was Minister of Finance from 2015 to 2020. He is also an accomplished business leader and philanthropist with proven international experience.
As Canada’s Minister of Finance, Morneau played a key role in shaping progressive, sustainable and gender-responsive economic policies, including Canada’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also an active member in all of the major international social-economic forums, including the G7, G20, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the OECD, where he has advocated on issues surrounding climate change and the digital economy.
Between 1990 and 2015, Morneau led the multinational human resources firm Morneau Shepell. Under his leadership, the firm grew to over 4,000 employees, becoming the largest human resources services provider in Canada.
As a philanthropist, Morneau has worked to support the arts, help at-risk youth and improve access to health care and education around the world. He founded a school for Somali and Sudanese girls in a UN Refugee Agency camp in northern Kenya and served as chair of the C.D. Howe Institute, a leading Canadian economic think tank.
Morneau is fluent in English and French, and holds a BA from Western University, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.
Paul Wells is one of Canada’s leading political journalists, having spent more than 25 years on the Hill, covering eight federal elections, four prime ministers, and a big piece of Canada’s history. Fresh, funny, and authoritative, Wells speaks in both official languages on all matters of the day, from the nation’s position in the global economy, to the inside scoop on what’s really happening inside the Parliament buildings and beyond.
For 19 years, Wells was the lead political columnist at Maclean’s magazine. Prior to this, he was the national affairs columnist at The Toronto Star and has also written for the Globe and Mail and The National Post. Wells has won three gold National Magazine Awards and a National Newspaper Award.
Today, Wells is a regular political commentator on both the French- and English-language CBC networks. He has also launched a subscription newsletter, which is already one of the most widely read political newsletters in Canada. In fall 2022, Wells will launch his podcast, The Paul Wells Show, in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He is also their inaugural journalist fellow-in-residence for the 2022-23 academic year.
A bestselling author, The New Yorker magazine called Wells “Canada’s foremost Harperologist” with the release of his book on Stephen Harper, The Longer I’m Prime Minister. It is the only book to have ever won three major non-fiction book awards: The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize, and the Ottawa Book Award.