11/20/2015 09:21 EST

Conservative Shadow Cabinet Features Rookies, Vets In Key Roles


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.

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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