Poilievre unveils list of critics and pits Alberta MP Jasraj Singh Hallan against Chrystia Freeland
Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre has released his list of parliamentary critics. He chose Alberta Conservative MP Jasraj Singh Hallan as the party’s new finance critic, opposing him to Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.
Poilievre named 52 critics and 37 other associate critics. But the list leaves out some high-profile Tories, like MP Ed Fast — who backed former Quebec premier Jean Charest for leadership — and Michelle Rempel Garner, who served as co-chair of the Quebec leadership campaign. Patrick Brown.
Former Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was also dropped from the list.
Poilievre has appointed Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell as the party’s environment critic. Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault is also from Quebec.
Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic LeBlanc will face off against Ontario MP, former leadership candidate and prominent social conservative Leslyn Lewis, who becomes the new critic for infrastructure and communities.
Rob Moore, MP for Fundy Royal, Prince Edward Island, has been named the new justice critic, opposing him to Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti. Defense Minister Anita Anand will face the new defense spokesperson, MP James Bezan.
The complete list of conservative critics
Digital Government — Ben Lobb
Agriculture, agrifood and food security — John Barlow
Canadian Heritage — Rachael Thomas
Crown-Indigenous Relations — Jamie Schmale
Finance and Middle Class Prosperity — Jasraj Singh Hallan
Employment, Future Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion — Tracy Gray
Environment and climate change — Gérard Deltell
Families, Children and Social Development — Michelle Ferreri
Federal Economic Development Agency for Eastern, Central and Southern Ontario — Lianne Rood
Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard — Clifford Small
Foreign Affairs—Michael Chong
Health — Stephen Ellis
Housing and Diversity and Inclusion — Scott Aitchison
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship — Tom Kmiec
Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (Associate, Crown-Indigenous Relations) — Eric Melillo
Innovation, Science and Industry — Rick Perkins
International development — Garnett Genuis
International Trade — Kyle Seeback
Small Business Recovery and Growth — Brad Vis
Supply Chain Issues — Matt Jeneroux
Red Tape Reduction — Scot Davidson
Justice and Attorney General of Canada — Rob Moore
Civil Liberties — Marilyn Gladu
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention — Todd Doherty
Addictions — Laila Goodridge
Northern Affairs and Arctic Sovereignty; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency — Bob Zimmer
Prairie Economic Development (Advisor to Chief, Economics) — Pat Kelly
Pacific Economic Development — Tako van Popta
Sport; Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec — Richard Martel
National Defense — James Bezan
National Revenue — Adam Chambers
Natural Resources — Shannon Stubbs
Official languages — Joël Godin
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency — Jake Stewart
Public Safety — Raquel Dancho
Utilities and Procurement — Kelly Block
Emergency Preparedness — Dane Lloyd
Rural economic development and connectivity — Dan Mazier
Elders — Anna Roberts
Tourism — Tony Baldinelli
Treasury Board — Stephanie Kusie
Veterans Affairs — Blake Richards
Women and gender equality and youth — Karen Vecchio
Ethics and Responsible Government — Michael Barrett
Infrastructure and Communities — Leslyn Lewis
Work — Chris Lewis
Indigenous Services — Gary Vidal
Pan-Canadian Trade and Competition — Ryan Williams
Hunting, Fishing and Conservation — Blaine Calkins
Democratic Reform – Michael Cooper
Associate Finance and Middle Class Prosperity (Tax Reform) — Philip Lawrence
Associate Finance and Middle Class Prosperity (Affordable Government) — Marty Morantz
Associate Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard (Recreational and West Coast) — Mel Arnold
Associated National Defense (Recruitment and Retention) — Shelby Kramp-Neuman
Natural Resources Associate (Nuclear) — Corey Tochor
Associate Women and Gender Equality and Youth — Dominique Vien
Agriculture Partner — Richard Lehoux
Agricultural Associate—Warren Steinley
Canadian Heritage Associate — Kevin Waugh
Associate Environment and Climate Change — Robert Kitchen
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Assistant —Brad Redekopp
Associated Indigenous Services — Larry Brock
Associate Worker — Rosemarie Falk
Associate Ethics and Responsible Government — Jacques Gourde
Associated Veterans—Fraser Tolmie
Transportation Partner — Dan Muys
Public Safety Associate — Doug Shipley
Associated official languages — Bernard Généreux
Associate International Trade (Advisor to the Chief, Canada/US Relations) — Randy Hoback
Associate Judge and Attorney General – Frank Caputo
Chair, Public Accounts — John Williamson
President, Government Operations and Estimates — Kelly McCauley
Chair, Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics — John Brassard
The house management team
Last month, Poilievre unveiled his leadership team in the House of Commons – a nine-member group that includes two LGBT MPs and one of the few people of color in the Conservative caucus.
Ontario MP Melissa Lantsman, a lesbian, and Alberta MP Tim Uppal, who is South Asian, are now Poilievre’s deputy leaders. Both supported him in the leadership race.
Since her election last year, Lantsman, a former political staffer, lobbyist and CBC commentator, has been a fierce critic of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 file.
Uppal, who represents Edmonton in the Commons, served as Minister of State for Democratic Reform and later Minister of State for Multiculturalism in the government of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who was also a strong supporter of Poilievre during the leadership race, was named Opposition House Leader.