Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (Canada)

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The Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet in Canada is composed of members of the main Opposition party responsible for holding the Government to account and for developing and disseminating the party's policy positions. Members of the Official Opposition are generally referred to as Opposition Critics, but the term Shadow Minister (which is generally used in other Westminster systems) is also used.

Members of the Shadow Cabinet[edit]

Following the 41st Canadian general election, held on May 2, 2011, the New Democratic Party replaced the Liberal Party of Canada as the Official Opposition in the 41st Parliament. Party leader Jack Layton announced his first Shadow Cabinet as Leader of the Opposition on May 26, 2011.[1] Layton went on a leave of absence beginning July 28, 2011, in order to fight a new cancer and Nycole Turmel was appointed interim leader. Jack Layton died August 22, 2011.

Thomas Mulcair was elected leader of the NDP, and by extension Leader of the Opposition, at a leadership election held on March 24, 2012, and reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet on April 19, 2012. Craig Scott replaced Joe Comartin as Democratic Reform critic after the latter became Deputy Speaker in September 2012. On January 17, 2013, Mulcair replaced Hoang Mai with Murray Rankin as National Revenue critic.[2] The shadow cabinet was last shuffled on March 20, 2014.[3]

Portfolio Critic
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the NDP
Intergovernmental Affairs
Hon. Thomas Mulcair
Deputy Leader of the NDP
Health
Libby Davies
Deputy Leader of the NDP David Christopherson
Deputy Leader of the NDP
Environment
Megan Leslie
Opposition House Leader
Caucus Chair
Peter Julian
Deputy Opposition House Leader
Deputy Employment and Social Development
Sadia Groguhé
Opposition Whip Nycole Turmel
Deputy Opposition Whip
Deputy Fisheries (East Coast)
Philip Toone
Agriculture and Agri-Food Malcolm Allen
Ethics, Access to Information and Privacy Charlie Angus
Employment Insurance Robert Aubin
Women Niki Ashton
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Dennis Bevington
Citizenship and Immigration Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
Justice Françoise Boivin
Digital Issues Charmaine Borg
Labour
Deputy Ethics, Access to Information and Privacy
Alexandre Boulerice
Housing and Infrastructure Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
Multiculturalism Andrew Cash
Energy and Natural Resources Chris Charlton
Fisheries
Deputy Employment Insurance
Robert Chisholm
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Ryan Cleary
Aboriginal Affairs Jean Crowder
Finance Nathan Cullen
International Trade
Deputy Multiculturalism
Don Davies
Employment Insurance Anne-Marie Day
Foreign Affairs Paul Dewar
La Francophonie Pierre Dionne Labelle
Western Economic Diversification Canada Linda Duncan
Sport
Youth
Matthew Dubé
Public Safety
LGBT Issues
Randall Garrison
Official Languages Yvon Godin
Post-Secondary Education Dan Harris
National Defence Jack Harris
Urban Affairs
Deputy Transport
Matthew Kellway
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions François Lapointe
International Development
Deputy Foreign Affairs
Hélène Laverdière
Co-operatives Hélène Leblanc
Transport Hoang Mai
Human Rights
Americas and Consular Affairs
Deputy Labour
Wayne Marston
Public Works and Government Services Pat Martin
Seniors
Deputy Heritage
Irene Mathyssen
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Canada-US Border & Great Lakes
Brian Masse
Industry Peggy Nash
Heritage Pierre Nantel
Disabilities Issues Manon Perreault
Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario John Rafferty
National Revenue
Pensions
Murray Rankin
Treasury Board Mathieu Ravignat
Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec Jean Rousseau
Asia–Pacific Gateway Jasbir Sandhu
Democratic and Parliamentary Reform Craig Scott
Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims
Caucus Vice-chair Rathika Sitsabaiesan
Science and Technology Kennedy Stewart
Veterans Affairs Peter Stoffer
Small Business and Tourism
Consumer Protection
Glenn Thibeault

Critics during the 41st Canadian Parliament[edit]

Critic Portfolio Duration[4]
Hon. Thomas Mulcair Leader of the Opposition 2012–
Intergovernmental Affairs 2012–
Leader of the NDP 2012–
Deputy Leader of the NDP 2007–2012
Opposition House Leader 2011
Hon. Jack Layton Leader of the Opposition 2011
Intergovernmental Affairs 2007–2011
Leader of the NDP 2003–2011
Libby Davies Health 2011–
Deputy Leader of the NDP 2004–
David Christopherson Deputy Leader of the NDP 2012–
National Defence 2011–2012
Democratic Reform (Minister of State) 2008–2012
Megan Leslie Deputy Leader of the NDP 2012–
Environment 2011–
Nathan Cullen Opposition House Leader 2012–
Associate Critic for Western Canada 2011
Associate Critic for Natural Resources 2011
Sadia Groguhé Deputy Opposition House Leader 2012–
Deputy Critic for Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism 2011–
Nycole Turmel Opposition Whip 2012–
Leader of the Opposition 2011–2012
Interim Leader of the NDP 2011–2012
Intergovernmental Affairs 2011–2012
Public Works and Governmental Services 2011
National Caucus Chair 2011
Philip Toone Deputy Opposition Whip 2011–
Deputy Critic for Fisheries (East Coast) 2011–
Peter Julian Energy and Natural Resources 2012–
National Caucus Chair 2011–
Finance 2011–2012
Deputy National Caucus Chair 2011
Industry 2011
Malcolm Allen Agriculture and Agri-Food 2011–
Charlie Angus Ethics, Access to Information, and Privacy 2011–
Copyright and Digital Issues 2011–2012
Niki Ashton Women 2012–
Robert Aubin Deputy Critic for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities 2012–
La Francophonie 2011–2012
Paulina Ayala Deputy Critic for Americas and Consular Affairs 2012–
Americas and Consular Affairs (Minister of State) 2011–2012
Tyrone Benskin Deputy Critic for Official Languages 2012–
Canadian Heritage 2011–2012
Dennis Bevington Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency 2012–
Associate Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development 2011–2012
Denis Blanchette Deputy Critic for Public Works and Government Services 2012–
Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe Seniors 2012–
Deputy Critic for Seniors 2011–2012
Francoise Boivin Justice 2012–
Status of Women 2011–2012
Deputy Critic for Justice 2011–2012
Charmaine Borg Digital Issues 2012–
Alexandre Boulerice Labour 2012–
Deputy Critic for Ethics, Access to Information and Privacy 2012–
Treasury Board 2011–2012
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet Housing 2012–
Deputy Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development 2012–
Skills (Human Resources and Skills Development) 2011–2012
Tarik Brahmi Deputy Critic for Consumer Protection 2011–2012
Ruth Ellen Brosseau Deputy Critic for Agriculture 2012–
Guy Caron Deputy Critic for Finance 2012–
Deputy Critic for International Trade 2012–
Industry 2011–2012
Andrew Cash Deputy Critic for Canadian Heritage 2012–
Deputy Critic for Housing 2011–2012
Chris Charlton Human Resources and Skills Development 2012–
Opposition Whip 2011–2012
Sylvain Chicoine Deputy Critic for Veterans Affairs 2012–
Deputy Critic for Public Safety 2011–2012
Robert Chisholm Fisheries 2012–
Atlantic Gateway 2012–
Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs 2012–
International Trade 2011
Olivia Chow Transport, Infrastructure and Communities 2011–
Ryan Cleary Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 2012–
Post-Secondary Education 2012–
Joe Comartin Opposition House Leader 2011–2012
Justice 2009–2011
Deputy Opposition House Leader 2011
Raymond Côté Small Business and Tourism (Minister of State) 2011–2012
Jean Crowder Aboriginal Affairs 2012–
Human Resources and Skills Development 2011–2012
Don Davies International Trade 2012–
Citizenship and Immigration 2011–2012
Multiculturalism 2008–2012
Anne-Marie Day Employment Insurance 2012–
Deputy Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development 2011–2012
Paul Dewar Foreign Affairs 2012–
2007–2011
Pierre Dionne Labelle La Francophonie 2012–
Deputy Critic for the CRTC, Copyright, and Digital Issues 2011–2012
Fin Donnelly Western Economic Diversification Canada 2012–
Deputy Critic for Fisheries (West Coast) 2012–
Fisheries and Oceans 2011–2012
Rosane Doré Lefebvre Deputy Critic for Public Safety 2012–
Deputy National Caucus Chair 2011–2012
Matthew Dubé Sport 2012–
Deputy Critic for Post-Secondary Education 2011–2012
Linda Duncan Public Works and Governmental Services 2012–
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development 2011–2012
Randall Garrison Public Safety 2012–
LGBT Issues 2011–
Jonathan Genest-Jourdain Deputy Critic for Aboriginal Affairs 2011–
Alain Giguère Deputy Critic for Pensions 2011–
Yvon Godin Official Languages 2007–
Labour 2011–2012
Claude Gravelle Natural Resources 2011–2012
Dan Harris Deputy Critic for Industry 2012–
Deputy Critic for Science and Technology 2011–2012
Jack Harris National Defence 2012–
2006–2011
Justice 2011–2012
Carol Hughes Deputy Critic for Aboriginal Health 2012–
Bruce Hyer Associate Critic for Biodiversity and Parks[5] 2011
Deputy Critic for Small Business and Tourism 2011
Matthew Kellway Military Procurement (Associate Minister of National Defence) 2012–
Deputy Critic for Military Procurement 2011–2012
François Lapointe Small Business and Tourism 2012–
Alexandrine Latendresse Deputy Critic for Democratic Reform 2011–
Hélène Laverdière International Development 2012–
Americas and Consular Affairs 2012–
Foreign Affairs 2011–2012
Deputy Opposition House Leader 2011–2012
Minister for International Cooperation 2011
Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs 2011
Hélène Leblanc Industry 2012–
Science and Technology (Minister of State) 2011–2012
Laurin Liu Deputy Critic for Science and Technology 2012–
Deputy Critic for the Environment 2011–2012
Hoang Mai Deputy Critic for Justice 2013–
National Revenue 2011–2013
Wayne Marston Human Rights 2011–
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario 2012–
Pensions (Minister of State) 2008–2012
Pat Martin Canadian Wheat Board 2011–
Brian Masse US–Canada Border 2012–
Ontario–Quebec Continental Gateway 2012–
International Trade 2011–2012
Associate Critic for High-Speed Rail and the US–Canada Border 2011–2012
Irene Mathyssen Pensions 2012–
Seniors (Minister of State) 2011–2012
Christine Moore Deputy Critic for National Defence 2012–
Military Procurement (Associate Minister of National Defence) 2011–2012
Dany Morin Deputy Critic for LGBT Issues 2011–
Marie-Claude Morin Housing (Human Resources and Skills Development) 2011–2012
Pierre Nantel Heritage 2012–
Sport (Minister of State) 2011
Peggy Nash Finance 2012–
2011
Jamie Nicholls Deputy Critic for Natural Resources 2012–
Deputy Critic for Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities 2011–2012
Annick Papillon Deputy Critic for Consumer Protection 2012–
Deputy Critic for Veterans' Affairs 2011–2012
Claude Patry Employment Insurance (Human Resources and Skills Development) 2011–2012
Ève Péclet Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs 2012–
Manon Perreault Disabilities 2011–
Anne Minh-Thu Quach Deputy Critic for the Environment 2012–
Deputy Critic for Health 2011–2012
John Rafferty Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario 2012–
Mathieu Ravignat Treasury Board 2012–
Public Works and Governmental Services 2011–2012
Deputy Critic for International Trade 2011
Jean Rousseau Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec 2012–
Deputy Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food 2011–2012
Romeo Saganash Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs 2013–
International Development 2012
Deputy Critic for International Trade 2012
Natural Resources 2011
Jasbir Sandhu Asia–Pacific Gateway 2012–
Public Safety 2011–2012
Craig Scott Democratic Reform 2012–
Deputy Critic for Justice 2012–2013
Djaouida Sellah Deputy Critic for Health 2012–
Jinny Sims Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism 2012–
Minister for International Cooperation 2011–2012
Associate Critic for Foreign Affairs 2011–2012
Associate Critic for Consular Services 2011
Rathika Sitsabaiesan Deputy National Caucus Chair 2012–
Post-Secondary Education (Human Resources and Skills Development) 2011–2012
Kennedy Stewart Science and Technology 2012–
Associate Critic for Natural Resources (Western Canada) 2011–2012
Peter Stoffer Veterans Affairs 2004–
Shipbuilding 2011–2012
Mike Sullivan Deputy Critic for Persons with Disabilities 2011–
Deputy Critic for Housing 2012–
Glenn Thibeault Consumer Protection (Industry) 2008–
Sport (Minister of State) 2011–2012
Murray Rankin National Revenue 2013–

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shadow Cabinet". NDP.ca. Retrieved May 26, 2011.  "Layton unveils shadow economic development team, deputy critics". NDP.ca. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Murray Rankin named Official Opposition Critic for National Revenue
  3. ^ "Mulcair announces changes to the Shadow Cabinet". NDP.ca. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Includes time in the NDP Shadow Cabinet before the party became the Official Opposition.
  5. ^ Hyer was sacked for voting on November 1, 2011, in favour of C-19, the bill to abolish the long-gun registry, which vote was contrary to the party whip. He subsequently resigned from the NDP.