OTTAWA — A mix of Conservative rookies and veterans has been given key roles in the party's shadow cabinet, unveiled Friday by interim leader Rona Ambrose.
Long-time MP Lisa Raitt will serve in the key position of finance critic, former justice minister Rob Nicholson will be the critic for that portfolio and Kellie Leitch, who is also a physician, will be the health critic.
Tony Clement will be the critic for foreign affairs, Ed Fast for environment and former veterans minister Erin O'Toole will have responsibility for Public Safety.
Honoured to be part of the Opposition shadow cabinet in the role of Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.— Michelle Rempel, MP (@MichelleRempel) November 20, 2015
The critic for veterans affairs, in turn, will be new Quebec MP Alupa Clarke, who will be joined by his Quebec colleagues Gerard Deltell as critic for employment and Pierre Paul-Hus who will be one of two on the defence portfolio. The lead spot was given to Manitboa MP James Bezan.
Ambrose, who will also be critic for the status of women, also carved out some new files, including a critic for matters relating to maternal, child and newborn health, to be handled by Alberta MP Mike Lake.
And there's a rural affairs position assigned to Ontario MP Bev Shipley.
In a statement Ambrose says her team has the experience, dedication and drive to effectively challenge and hold the Liberals to account.
Full list of Conservative shadow cabinet roles:
Rona Ambrose — Leader of the Official Opposition and Status of Women
Denis Lebel — Deputy Leader and Intergovernmental Affairs
Ziad Aboultaif — National Revenue
Scott Armstrong — Atlantic Issues and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Candice Bergen — Natural Resources
Maxime Bernier — Innovation, Science and Economic Development
James Bezan — National Defence
Steven Blaney — Public Services and Procurement
Kelly Block — Transport
Gord Brown — Chief Opposition Whip
Alupa Clarke — Veterans Affairs
Tony Clement — Foreign Affairs
Gérard Deltell — Employment, Workforce and Labour
Ed Fast — Environment and Climate Change
Marilyn Gladu — Science
Jason Kenney — Chair, Shadow Cabinet Committee on Strategic Operations
Kellie Leitch — Health
Dave Mackenzie — Deputy Opposition Whip
Cathy McLeod — Indigenous Affairs
Rob Nicholson — Justice
Deepak Obhrai — International Development
Erin O’Toole — Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Pierre Paul—Hus — National Defence (Associate)
Pierre Poilievre — Treasury Board and the National Capital Commission
Lisa Raitt — Finance
Scott Reid — Democratic Institutions
Michelle Rempel — Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Gerry Ritz — International Trade
Andrew Scheer — Opposition House Leader
Mark Strahl — Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Peter Van Loan — Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites
Karen Vecchio — Families, Children and Social Development
Mark Warawa — Seniors
Chris Warkentin — Agriculture and Agri—Food
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