At first glance, it appeared that this week’s cabinet shuffle by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that landed Durham MP Erin O’Toole the position of Minister of Veterans Affairs was a calculated move by the Conservatives with an election looming this fall. However, regardless of the motives of the Prime Minister for the move, it will no doubt be good for Canada’s veterans, as well as the residents of North Durham.
O’Toole is no stranger to cleaning up a mess, as he inherited the Durham Riding in the wake of Bev Oda’s resignation in 2012, shortly after re-election and on the heels of many much-publicized scandals, in which it appeared Oda was often living a champagne life off the backs of taxpayers.
As well, under Fantino’s watch, there have been numerous problems of late for Veterans Affairs - from the closing of regional offices to a damning report from the Auditor General on shortfalls by the Ministry to provide adequate medical care to veterans dealing with mental health issues.
It’s with great fanfare that O’Toole, a veteran himself comes into the job just over two years into his stint on Parliament Hill. With his experience having served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he already has a great deal of experience as an advocate for veterans, with a through understanding of the needs and concerns of those who have served our country.
Likewise, as someone who grew up in this area - having split his childhood between Bowmanville and Port Perry - O’Toole has shown to be a strong advocate for the needs and desires of the people of North Durham. As a rising star in the Conservative Party, who appears to have the ear of the Prime Minister, he should be able to continue his current trend of providing the strongest leadership for this area at the federal level that this area has seen in quite some time.
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