Erin O’Toole names leadership team
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DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard
DURHAM: Federal Conservative Party leader, and Durham MP, Erin O’Toole recently made some of his first moves as leader of the party, naming his House leadership team. Mr. O’Toole made the announcement at a press conference, on Wednesday, September 2nd. “I know these exceptional parliamentarians will help grow our team, and ensure that more Canadians see a Conservative when they look in the mirror,” MP O’Toole said. Candice Bergen was named the official opposition party’s deputy leader, a post previously held by Leona Alleslev. “I’m very honoured to be the deputy leader and to be asked to work in this capacity,” Ms. Bergen said, at the press conference. “I’ve been able to work on the leadership teams for the last four years. To be able to work with Erin, with our new leader, is a huge honour.” Richard Martel was named the party’s Quebec lieutenant. Gérard Deltell was appointed the House Leader of the official opposition party, while Karen Vecchio will serve as the Deputy House Leader. Blake Richards has been chosen to be the Chief Opposition Whip. Eric Duncan was appointed the party’s Question Period Coordinator. Mr. O’Toole is expected to unveil his shadow cabinet this week.