New leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and now Leader of the Opposition, Erin O’Toole, has named his shadow cabinet ahead of the second session of the 43rd Parliament, set to begin in late September.

Lianne Rood, who was elected MP for Lambton – Kent – Middlesex, Ontario in 2019, will sit as Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food. She replaces John Barlow, MP for Foothills, Alberta, as ag critic.

Rood previously served as the deputy shadow minister of agriculture under Andrew Scheer’s leadership, and was among the group of MPs that supported O’Toole’s leadership bid, while Barlow endorsed Peter MacKay.

Her previous political experience includes working as assistant to David Anderson, former parliamentary secretary for agriculture and the Canadian Wheat Board — a role that included working on the legislation that ended the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

Lianne Rood (supplied)

Other shadow cabinet posts of note, include:

  • Tracy Gray, MP for Kelowna – Lake Country, British Columbia as Shadow Minister for Export Promotion & International Trade
  • Warren Steinley, MP for Regina – Lewvan, Saskatchewan, as Shadow Minister for Economic Development & Internal Trade
  • Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola, British Columbia, as Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change
  • Pierre Poilievre, MP for Carleton, Ontario, as Shadow Minister for Finance
  • Michelle Rempel Garner, MP of Calgary Nose Hill, Alberta, as Shadow Minister for Health
  • Former leader Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina – Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan as Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities

The leadership team includes Manitoba’s Candice Bergen as deputy leader.

At first glance, the shadow cabinet list appears to favour MPs from Ontario and Quebec, excluding some familiar names from the west such as former trade minister Ed Fast, Rachael Harder, and Barlow.

Parliament resumes September 23, 2020.

Hear Shaun Haney’s discussion with Lianne Rood about her new role in the shadow cabinet.

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