January 23rd, 2015

NDP shadow cabinet ready to fight for the middle class

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has strengthened the NDP’s Shadow Cabinet ahead of the 2015 election. More than ever, New Democrats are ready to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and finally give the middle class a break.

“After a decade of Conservative government, middle class families are working harder but falling further behind. Canadians are ready for a change, and the NDP is up to the challenge. I am proud of the solid experience offered to Canadians by a strong team of NDP MPs. This is the team that will give Canadians a choice in the next election,” stated Mr. Mulcair.

Key roles have been given to Niki Ashton (Churchill), who will pilot Aboriginal Affairs; Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques), who will take on Energy and Natural Resources; and Brian Masse (Windsor West) who will be the new NDP spokesperson for Small Business.

Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) will take over the Status of Women file, Pierre Dionne Labelle (Rivière-du-Nord) is the new spokesperson on National Revenue, and Anne-Marie Day (Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles) is being promoted to the Francophonie portfolio.

Murray Rankin (Victoria) was appointed to Health, John Rafferty (Thunder Bay—Rainy River) will take over the important Pensions file and Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) will be in charge of the Official Languages portfolio.

Toronto MPs are getting more responsibilities, notably Andrew Cash (Davenport), who will now handle Consumer Protection issues, and Matthew Kellway (Beaches—East York), who will tackle Infrastructure and Communities.

“Canadians know they can trust the NDP to make the economy work for the middle class. We have a practical plan, including $15 a day childcare and a $15 an hour minimal wage. Our team is ready. Game on.”

The complete list of the shadow cabinet is available at www.ndp.ca/shadow-cabinet