August 9th, 2013

NDP make changes to Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet

Tom Mulcair’s team has the experience and competence to take on Harper’s Conservatives

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced changes today to further strengthen the Official Opposition’s Shadow Cabinet, with a focus on competence, experience and youth.

“I’m very proud of the great work accomplished by our team. We are ready to take on, and eventually replace, this tired Conservative government,” said Mr. Mulcair. “Stephen Harper failed to refurbish his government’s image because, in the end, he refused to change his government’s direction one iota.”

Among the changes, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) was appointed Infrastructure and Housing critic while Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) is now the NDP’s Urban Affairs critic.

Lysanne Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds – Dollard) has been handed responsibility for Citizenship and Immigration, working alongside Andrew Cash (Davenport) who was appointed the NDP’s new Multiculturalism critic.

Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) will take over responsibility for Employment Insurance and Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) moves to Industry.

“I am happy to be able to continue to rely on the experienced members of the NDP’s Shadow Cabinet, supported by dynamic younger MPs who have proved themselves ready to take on these new challenges,” added the NDP leader. “We form a strong, serious and unified team able to hold the Conservatives accountable while doing the hard work of preparing to replace them in 2015.”

The complete list of the shadow cabinet is available at