Milton’s Raitt named deputy leader of Con­ser­va­tives

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - CATHER­INE O’HARA Milton Canadian Cham­pion

Milton MP Lisa Raitt is the new deputy leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada.

Leader An­drew Scheer made the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Ot­tawa, where he un­veiled his lead­er­ship team.

Raitt, who ran for the party lead­er­ship, “brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in the pri­vate sec­tor and in pub­lic life to our team,” said Scheer, adding the Cape Bre­ton­na­tive not only has deep roots in At­lantic Canada but has been “a strong ad­vo­cate for her con­stituents in Milton.”

The lo­cal MP is pleased to serve on the party’s lead­er­ship team and looks for­ward to help­ing bring the Con­ser­va­tive mes­sage to peo­ple in On­tario as well as those liv­ing on the East Coast.

Ex­press­ing her re­spect for Scheer, Raitt said, “I fully un­der­stand and em­brace what his vi­sion is for the party and am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him.”

Also tapped to serve on the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion’s lead­er­ship team are Que­bec MP Alain Reyes (Que­bec lieu­tenant) and Chilli­wack­Hope MP Mark Strahl (Op­po­si­tion whip). Candice Ber­gen, a Man­i­toba MP, will con­tinue her role as House leader, while Chris Warkentin will re­main deputy House leader.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud to be work­ing with th­ese ca­pa­ble men and women,” said Scheer.

MP Lisa Raitt

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