Critic posts un­veiled

Canada Scheer ap­points many for­mer lead­er­ship co-chal­lengers

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS courtesy judy Klassen/the cana­dian press

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.

For­est Fire Man­i­toba First na­tions Flee in­Ferno

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