Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader for the Conservative Party of Canada, announced today that Hon. Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, has been named the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Members of the Opposition Shadow Cabinet are responsible for holding the Government to account in Parliament, and for helping develop the Conservative Party’s positions on national and international issues. In this capacity, MP O’Toole will lead the Official Opposition’s work on all foreign affairs issues, including the important renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), currently underway.
Elected to Parliament in a bi-election in 2012, MP O’Toole has served previously as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade. Prior to his election to Parliament, MP O’Toole served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and later, practiced corporate law in two national law firms and served as in-house counsel to a large multi-national corporation with manufacturing locations in Ontario.
“I am honoured to serve as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. I am very proud of Canada’s long history as a strong and principled country on the world stage. From Vimy Ridge to Kandahar, and from the establishment of institutions like NATO and the G20, Canada has always been a strong ally and compassionate global actor. I will help ensure we remain that way.”
The Foreign Affairs portfolio is an important one for Canada, and renegotiation of NAFTA will be critical to Canadian economic prosperity in the future. With experience in the Canadian Armed Forces, at home and abroad, and with significant experience in trade, in government and in the private sector, MP O’Toole brings a set of very unique experiences to his role.
“I want to ensure that the thousands of Canadians jobs that depend on trade are not impacted by the renegotiation of NAFTA. When I can work collaboratively with the government to achieve success for Canada, I will do that. If I believe that the government is failing to achieve the outcomes Canadians need, I will strongly hold the Trudeau government to account.” said MP O’Toole.
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