OTTAWA- Finance Minister Bill Morneau wins Canada’s 2017 Business Newsmaker of the Year in the annual poll of the country’s newsrooms by The Canadian Press.
Morneau’s challenges in the second half of 2017 kept him in the news for months, making him an easy choice for the journalists who voted for him.
He won 50 per cent of the votes in a field of nine candidates that also included his counterpart in foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland and Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare.
Morneau’s tough year began with a contentious tax-reform plan that sparked a surge of complaints from enraged business owners, doctors, tax experts and even backbenchers within his own Liberal party.
Later, the wealthy former businessman was swarmed by ethical questions over how he handled his substantial personal assets after coming into office.
Most recently, he has faced conflict-of-interest allegations that led the federal ethics commissioner to a launch a formal examination and a call for his resignation.