FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Jagmeet Singh’s Shadow Cabinet, Ready to Deliver

Published: November 28, 2019
Categorised in: In the House, News Releases

NDP team mixes new energy with experience and is ready to fight for Canadians

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced the NDP shadow cabinet, highlighting the diversity, energy, and experience of his new caucus members who are ready to deliver for Canadians. Working together, they will keep fighting to protect and create jobs, make life more affordable, and take real and urgent steps fight the climate crisis.

“Canadians want their leaders to take their health care seriously – make it better and cost less with services like pharmacare and dental care; they want their leaders to take the climate crisis seriously – legislate real targets and move toward clean energy; and they want their leaders to take the challenges they and their families face seriously – make life more affordable and protect and create good jobs,” said Singh. “If the government is willing to work with us, my team is ready to deliver for Canadians to help make their lives better and deal with the challenges they face every day.”

Noting that many people across the country have felt ignored by Ottawa, Singh announced that he will take on the critic roles for Intergovernmental Affairs, Indigenous Services, and Crown-Indigenous Relations himself. And, while Justin Trudeau chose to create a whole new ministry to make his government look more in touch with people who aren’t part of the ultra-wealthy and well connected, Singh appointed a Critic for Income Inequality and Affordability to actually deliver for everyday Canadians.

“After five years of trying, the Liberals still can’t say what they think the middle class is. How can they say they’re fighting for people they don’t even understand?” said Singh. “All of us know what income inequality is and we know that when the Liberals choose to work for large corporations and their friends, the inequality gets worse and life gets less affordable for the rest of us.”

Before the last election, Justin Trudeau broke his promise to make every vote count. Last week, he put the final nail in the coffin of that promise by refusing to name a minister responsible for democratic reform. Singh’s Democratic Reform Critic will continue the fight to make sure Canadians get a system that encourages them to vote for what they want instead of out of fear of what they don’t.

“We have an incredible group of people who understand what Canadians are going through because we’ve been there,” said Singh. “While the other parties are focused on themselves and helping their rich and powerful friends, our team is in it for Canadians and we’re committed to making life easier and building a better future for everyone.”

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For a full list of critic roles and responsibilities, see below.

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NDP Caucus Critic responsibilities

Jagmeet Singh
Critic for: Crown-Indigenous Relations • Indigenous Services • Intergovernmental Affairs

Brian Masse
Caucus Chair
Critic for: Digital Government • Great Lakes • Innovation, Science and Industry • Telecommunications

Charlie Angus
Critic for: Ethics • Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario • Income Inequality and Affordability • Indigenous Youth
Deputy Critic for: Labour

Peter Julian
House Leader
Critic for: Finance
Deputy Critic for: Canadian Heritage

Niki Ashton
Critic for: Public Ownership • Transport
Deputy Critic for: Women and Gender Equality

Don Davies
Critic for: Health
Deputy Critic for: Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Carol Hughes
Critic for: Official Languages

Alexandre Boulerice
Deputy Leader
Critic for: Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions • Canadian Heritage
Deputy Critic for: Environment and Climate Change • Official Languages

Randall Garrison
Critic for: Defence • Justice • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Daniel Blaikie
Critic for: Democratic Reform • Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion • Export Promotion and International Trade • Western Economic Diversification
Deputy Critic for: Finance

Rachel Blaney
Critic for: Veterans

Richard Cannings
Critic for: Natural Resources
Deputy Critic for: Transport

Scott Duvall
Critic for: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario • Labour • Pensions • Seniors
Deputy Critic for: Veterans

Gord Johns
Critic for: Economic Development • Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard • Small Business • Tourism
Deputy Critic for: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services

Jenny Kwan
Critic for: Housing • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Deputy Critic for: Health

Alistair MacGregor
Critic for: Agriculture • Rural Economic Development
Deputy Critic for: Justice

Taylor Bachrach
Critic for: Infrastructure and Communities

Laurel Collins
Caucus Vice Chair
Critic for: Environment and Climate Change
Deputy Critic for: Infrastructure and Communities

Leah Gazan
Critic for: Families, Children and Social Development
Deputy Critic for: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Matthew Green
Critic for: National Revenue • Public Services and Procurement • Treasury Board
Deputy Critic for: Ethics

Jack Harris
Critic for: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency • Foreign Affairs • Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Deputy Critic for: Defence

Lindsay Mathyssen
Deputy Whip
Critic for: Diversity and Inclusion and Youth • Post-Secondary Education • Women and Gender Equality
Deputy Critic for: Export Promotion and International Trade • Small Business

Heather McPherson
Deputy House Leader
Critic for: International Development
Deputy Critic for: Foreign Affairs

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq
Critic for: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency • Northern Affairs
Deputy Critic for: Natural Resources

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