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Ed Fast explains why he quit as Conservative finance critic


Conservative MP Ed Fast said it was becoming “untenable” to do his job as finance critic for the Conservative Party of Canada, which is why he asked to be relieved of his duties.

In an interview on CTV News Channel’s Power Play on Thursday, Fast said the very issues he was set to speak about in the post, such as monetary and fiscal policy, were topics that “one of the leadership contestants” believed don’t have to comment. because it might conflict with their political campaign positions.

“I was at a point where not only could I not do my committee work, as I needed to, but I also could not speak in public, as candidly as I probably should,” he said. -he declares.

Fast, a British Columbia MP, co-chairs the leadership campaign of former Quebec premier Jean Charest.

On Wednesday evening, acting party leader Candice Bergen released a statement noting that Fast would “step away from his duties” as finance critic.

Later in the interview, Fast spoke out against leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre’s attacks on the Bank of Canada.

“We are now seeing political interference or attempted political interference in our central bank, which is supposed to be free from such interference. It is supposed to be independent,” he said.


Listen to Fast at the top of this article.


With a file from The Canadian Press.

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