Freeland expected to keep playing big role on U.S. file despite move to finance

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Chrystia Freeland is expected to continue playing a key role in the management of Canada's relationship with the United States following her appointment this week as federal finance minister.

The Liberal government has been unclear whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will officially direct Freeland to continue serving as Canada's point person with the U.S., a role she first assumed as foreign affairs minister in February 2017.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne suggested other cabinet ministers, including himself, would shoulder more of the burden as he told The Canadian Press this week everyone has a role to play in the Canada-U.S. relationship. Scotty Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian-American Business Council, says such a move makes sense as Freeland's leadership on U.S. issues was largely focused on completing negotiations for a new North American free trade deal.

But she and former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson believe Freeland will nonetheless continue to play a big role in her new position, which includes overseeing the restart of Canada's pandemic-ravaged economy. They say that is because any economic restart will require close co-ordination with the U.S., given the integrated nature of the two North American economies.Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks during a news conference on parliament hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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Worst of both worlds.

Please... take her as far as possible from everything 🤦🏻‍♂️

Good.. she owns trump

She still banned from the White House?

Why exactly does Freeland get to have her hands in EVERY pot going I don’t understand? Who is she connected to and why isn’t anyone stopping this lunacy

To bad Canadians didnt get to choose positions. Maybe actually able to put people in correction positions.

She'll continue to cry in meetings?

Nope. She got her ass kicked in the NAFTA negotiations, the US could care less about her and that’s not good for Canadians.

She will be taking on the ministries of Environment, Heath, fisheries, Veteran affairs and the new 'Oh my goodness I can't believe it's not Butter' by the end of the week.

CTVAtlantic Absolutely not....breaking all ethic rules.

I hope as finance minister she will have the courage to tell that useless part time drama teacher to stop spending what we don’t have(MONEY) and really have a plan to payback the Trillion $$$ Debt he has already put us in recklessly! Any dummy can give away tax payer money.

Keep pumping those Liberal tires!

Cdnpoli polCan Chrystia Freeland will continue to steer the 🇨🇦 Ship of State onto the rocks! many crazy balls does she need to juggle? The talent pool can't be that shallow, can it

Poor US.

Can’t be superwoman with our money. Something will be neglected.

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