Scheer unveils shadow cabinet
OTTAWA — A mix of Conservative veterans and relative rookies will form the team behind Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as he faces off this fall against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Scheer unveiled his so-called shadow cabinet yesterday, the list of members of Parliament who will serve as critics of portfolios in the Liberal government’s cabinet. On Scheer’s team are all but two of the sitting MPs who challenged him for the leadership, a race that
ended in May with a narrow 13-ballot victory over presumptive frontrunner Maxime Bernier.
Kellie Leitch and Deepak Obhrai were bumped, although they had already relinquished their roles in order to seek the leadership. Bernier has been tasked with keeping 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 fellow contender Lisa Raitt.