Finance Minister Bill Morneau faces accusations of conflict of interest over pharmacare
OTTAWA—Finance Minister Bill Morneau is again fending off accusations he is in a “perceived conflict of interest” on the newly promised national pharmacare program because of his previous ties to Morneau Shepell, a pension and benefits consulting firm.
After first winning plaudits for Tuesday’s budget announcement that the Liberal government is looking to chart the next steps toward a national drug coverage program, Morneau dialed back expectations on Wednesday.
Despite commissioning former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins to come up with recommendations, the government is looking toward a “strategy . . . that deals with the gaps and that doesn’t throw out the system we currently have,” said Morneau.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the Canadian Labour Congress wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanding Morneau be removed from the file.