This week I was honoured to accept a new role within the Conservative Caucus. I am grateful to the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, for appointing me as Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
In this new role, I will be working alongside MP Steven Blaney, who has been appointed Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. He and I will work with our Conservative team to:
– Hold the Liberal Government accountable to Canadian workers;
– Make sure that the Liberal Government works collaboratively with the provinces, territories, and municipalities;
– Ensure that the Canadian job market remains strong, free, and fair; and
– Ensure that Canadians are equipped with the skills they need for today’s job market and the economy of the future.
At the most basic level, this new responsibility is about improving the standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians by promoting an environment amenable to the creation of good jobs and ensuring that Canadians have access to the skills training they need to be a part of Canada’s modern labour force. Shadow Minister Blaney and I will hold the Liberal Government to account to achieve that objective.
In addition to this role, I remain a member of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources where I participate in the study of bills, government activities and expenditures, and issues related to Canada’s energy, forest, minerals and metals, and earth sciences sectors.
I am committed to doing my best to serve Canadians in these positions. I also want to be clear that my priority has been and always will be representing the residents of southeast Manitoba.
I look forward to working with my colleague Steven Blaney on this new portfolio and continuing my work on the natural resources committee, fulfilling these important responsibilities entrusted to me.