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Headshot of Campbell Clark for logos of Ottawa bureau staff. June 18, 2010.
Headshot of Campbell Clark for logos of Ottawa bureau staff. June 18, 2010.
(Brigitte Bouvier for The Globe and Mail/Brigitte Bouvier for The Globe and Mail)

As Finance Minister, Joe Oliver is expected to be reassuring, not bold

Boring is good. That’s what Jim Flaherty said about his last budget, and it’s obviously what Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided about his second finance minister.

Joe Oliver isn’t the most exciting figure in national politics. He’s not the best salesperson or Commons debater in the Tory ranks. He’s respected inside cabinet for his competence, but not known for his compelling TV interviews. It doesn’t seem like the resumé for selling next year’s pre-election budget.