Critic posts unveiled
Canada Scheer appoints many former leadership co-challengers
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer unveiled on Wednesday the list of those will sit on the Opposition front benches when the House of Commons returns next month.
Scheer wasn’t just drawing from a list of the other 96 Conservative MPs to decide who to put in his shadow cabinet; he was also navigating the aftermath of a leadership race he won only by a slim margin and ensuring his main competitors — and their supporters — felt they had a place and a voice at the table.
“Our shadow ministers are united, energized, and diverse,” said Scheer in a statement about his new team.
Scheer’s main competitor, Maxime Bernier, will keep tabs on the Liberals’ marquee innovation agenda, while thirdplace finisher Erin O’Toole nabs the Foreign Affairs portfolio. Scheer had already given the deputy leader position to Lisa Raitt.
Before launching her leadership bid, she’d served in the high-profile finance critic position. Longtime Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre will now occupy that post.
The other contenders in the inner circle include Steven Blaney, Tony Clement and Michael Chong.
Manitoba MLA Judy Klassen provided this image showing the evacuation of Wasagamack First Nation in northern Manitoba on Tuesday. The Red Cross was working to carry out the evacuation of three northern Manitoba communities threatened by nearby forest fires. In Wasagamack, some 2,000 residents took turns piling into boats in the darkness as they fled a fire that was 770 square kilometres in size and came within 800 metres of some homes.
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