Bill Morneau withdraws from OECD’s top job race



Former finance minister Bill Morneau has dropped out of the race to become secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

In a statement posted on Twitter Tuesday, Morneau said he did not have enough support from member countries to make it to the third round of the campaign.



“I have decided to withdraw from the race to become the next Secretary-General of the OECD, as I do not have support from enough members to continue to the third round of the campaign,” Morneau said in a statement Tuesday morning.

“I am proud to have used this campaign to talk about issues that matter to Canadians and to the world — the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight against climate change, inclusive growth and seizing the opportunities of the digital world,” he continued, adding that he wishes the next secretary-general to be a “strong voice on the important issues that affect us all.”

Morneau was one of seven candidates to successfully pass through the first round of voting back in January, but failed to collect enough support to move on to the third round this week.


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