Ed Fast out as Tory finance critic after criticizing leadership candidate Poilievre

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OTTAWA — Ed Fast is no longer the Conservative finance critic, interim party leader Candice Bergen says.

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Bergen said in a statement late Wednesday that Fast informed her he will be “stepping away from his duties.”

“Ed has publicly stated his support for one of the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership candidates and would like to be able to offer more dedicated support to that team,” Bergen said.

Fast is co-chairing the leadership campaign of former Quebec premier Jean Charest. On Wednesday the pair panned Charest’s leadership rival Pierre Poilievre for saying he would fire the Bank of Canada governor.

Fast said he believes Poilievre’s pitch to fire Tiff Macklem over the country’s inflation rate, which is the highest it’s been in 30 years, hurts the party’s credibility on economic issues.

Poilievre pledged to replace Macklem as the head of the country’s central bank during last week’s…

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