(Ottawa) Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has announced changes to his shadow cabinet.
Former Minister of International Trade Ed Fast will become the official opposition finance critic. He thus replaces Ontario MP Pierre Poilievre, who will henceforth be critical of jobs and industry.
As Canada enters a new phase in its response to the pandemic, Mr. O’Toole has created a spokesperson “responsible for COVID-19 economic recovery”. This role will be filled by Alberta MP James Cumming.
Shuffling the cards also puts new MPs front and center as an election approaches.
Thus, the member for Beauce, Richard Lehoux, becomes associate spokesperson for rural economic development. His colleague from Saskatchewan, Corey Tochor, is recognized as a critic of family, children and social development.
Longtime MPs like Peter Kent and Cathy McLeod have announced they will not run for another term and are therefore losing their spokesperson roles. Mr. O’Toole thanked them for their “outstanding work”.