New Conservative Party of Canada leader Pierre Poilievre unveiled his shadow cabinet on Wednesday.
As expected, John Barlow (Foothills, Alberta, pictured above) has been tapped to continue in his role as shadow minister for agriculture, agri-food and food security.
Barlow is well-versed with the role and agriculture-related issues, having served as the party’s ag critic under Poilievre’s predecessors Erin O’Toole and Andrew Scheer. Barlow also endorsed Poilievre early on in the CPC leadership race, and has played a leading role for the party in criticizing the Liberal government’s fertilizer emissions reduction policy — a topic that is frequently mentioned by Poilievre and his supporters in speeches and Question Period.
Former dairy farmer Richard Lehoux (Beauce, Quebec) and Warren Steinley (Regina-Lewvan, Saskatchewan) will work with Barlow as associate shadow ministers for agriculture.
Here are some of the notable shadow cabinet appointments, from an agricultural and farming perspective:
- Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security – John Barlow
- Environment and Climate Change – Gérard Deltell
- Finance and Middle Class Prosperity – Jasraj Singh Hallan
- Health – Dr. Stephen Ellis
- International Trade – Kyle Seeback
- Supply Chain Issues – Matt Jeneroux
- Rural Economic Development & Connectivity – Dan Mazier
- Transport – Mark Strahl
- Labour – Chris Lewis
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Eastern, Central and Southern Ontario – Lianne Rood
- Prairie Economic Development (Advisor to the Leader, Economy) – Pat Kelly
- Pan-Canadian Trade and Competition – Ryan Williams
- Associate Shadow Minister for Agriculture – Richard Lehoux
- Associate Shadow Minister for Agriculture – Warren Steinley
- Associate Shadow Minister for International Trade (Advisor to the Leader, Canada/U.S. Relations) – Randy Hoback
Veterans Ed Fast, Michelle Rempel Garner, Candice Bergen, and O’Toole were among the Conservative MPs not given shadow cabinet roles.
The new shadow cabinet will debut on the Opposition benches in the House of Commons on Monday, Oct. 17, after a week-long break for Thanksgiving.