Trudeau affirms ā€˜full confidenceā€™ in Freeland amid reports of tension – National

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Trudeau affirms ā€˜full confidenceā€™ in Freeland amid reports of tension ā€“ National

Justin Trudeau on Thursday reaffirmed his ā€œfull confidenceā€ in Chrystia Freeland amid reports of tension between the prime ministerā€™s office and the finance minister.

Speaking at the close of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Washington, D.C., Trudeau was asked about the possibility of replacing Freeland ā€” also his deputy prime minister ā€” with Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England.

The question followed a report from the Globe and Mail on Thursday of ā€œtensionā€ between the PMO and Freeland over her recent handling of the economic file. That article, as well as previous reporting from the Toronto Star, positioned Carney as a possible successor to Freeland as finance minister.

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Freeland says Trudeau has ā€˜full supportā€™ of Liberal cabinet

ā€œIn regards to Chrystia, she has been a close friend and ally and partner in doing really big things for Canada and will continue to be,ā€ Trudeau told reporters Thursday. He went on to cite the Liberal governmentā€™s latest spending plans on housing and child-care.

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Freeland tabled her fourth federal budget in April, a plan that called for billions in spending as a bid to improve ā€œgenerational fairnessā€ for the youngest Canadians. The budget included a contentious plan to raise the inclusion rate on some capital gains, a change the Liberals passed in June despite opposition from some industry groups and business leaders.

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ā€œThese are all things that Chrystia has led on and will continue to. I have full confidence in her abilities and the work weā€™re going to be doing together,ā€ Trudeau said.

The prime minister also acknowledged that he has been speaking with Carney ā€œfor years about getting him to join federal politicsā€ but did not comment directly on whether he was being considered for the finance minister post.

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ā€œI think he would be an outstanding addition at a time when Canadians need good people to step up in politics,ā€ Trudeau said.

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The Liberal government has been feeling the political heat in recent months since the party lost what was expected to be a safe seat in the Toronto-St. Paulā€™s federal byelection in late June.

Trudeau himself has faced calls, including from one Liberal MP and a former cabinet minister, to step down from the party leadership as the incumbent government trails Pierre Poilievreā€™s Conservative Party in the polls. Freeland has also defended Trudeau from such calls, saying he has the ā€œfull supportā€ of the Liberal cabinet.

ā€” with files from Global Newsā€™s Touria Izri

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