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Ambrose Announces New House Leader and Shadow Cabinet Changes

Conservative Party of Canada | September 15, 2016

Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition and interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, today announced that the Hon. Candice Bergen, has been appointed as the House Leader of the Official Opposition. Ms. Bergen replaces Andrew Scheer, who has stepped down from his position.

“I am very pleased that Candice has accepted to serve as House Leader for the Conservative team in the House of Commons,” said Ambrose. “She brings a wealth of Parliamentary experience that will serve us well in the upcoming session of Parliament. I look forward to working with her as Conservatives are the only party in the House of Commons to act as the taxpayers’ watchdog, holding this Liberal government to account.”

Bergen’s experience includes serving as:

• Minister of State for Social Development

• Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety

• Official Opposition Critic for Natural Resources

• Chair of the House Human Resources Committee

• Vice-Chair of the House Status of Women Committee, and

• Chair of the Supreme Court Selection Panel.

With this change, Ambrose also made the following changes to the Shadow Cabinet:

• Deputy House Leader and Question Period Coordinator: Chris Warkentin

• Critic for Natural Resources: Mark Strahl

• Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard: Todd Doherty

• Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food: David Anderson

• Critic for Atlantic Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency: Rob Moore; and

• Critic for Canada/US Relations: Randy Hoback

“By asking Candice to serve in this role, it also gives us an opportunity to allow other Members of our excellent team to serve in new roles,” said Ambrose. “I know Mark Strahl will do a great job in standing up for hardworking Canadians who work in our natural resources sector and have been abandoned by the Trudeau Liberals. Chris Warkentin will give our House leadership team an extra pair of gloves for stickhandling House proceedings and will help coordinate our Question Period strategy.”

“Todd Doherty has been an effective MP from British Columbia and will hold the Liberals to account on the Fisheries and Coast Guard files, including the appearance of conflict of interest by the Minister. David Anderson has served as Parliamentary Secretary at Agriculture and has the energy and experience to ensure the concerns of Canadian producers are heard. And Randy Hoback has the background and relationships on Canada-US issues from his time as the Chair of the House International Trade Committee.”

“In addition, I would like to thank Scott Armstrong for his service as Atlantic issues critic and advisor during my time as Leader. Earlier this summer, Scott made the decision to return full-time to teaching, and I fully respect his decision. The exciting news is that Rob Moore, former Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, will be replacing Scott in this role. Rob will assist us in standing up for Atlantic Canada as the Liberals continue to demonstrate that despite winning every seat and having four Liberal premiers, they are failing to represent Atlantic Canadians on the issues that matter.”

“Finally, I would like to thank Scott Reid for his long service as Deputy House Leader. Scott’s time is increasingly required to stand up for millions of Canadians who believe that when you change the rules of democracy, everyone has to have a say in a referendum. Scott will be continuing his good work as our critic for Democratic Institutions, especially as the committee on electoral reform criss-crosses Canada this fall.”

“These changes will invigorate our team as we prepare for the fall session of Parliament. I look forward to working with all of our Members of Parliament and Senators in our role as Canada’s Official Opposition, holding this Liberal government to account.”