Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet of the 41st Parliament of Canada

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Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet of the 41st Parliament of Canada
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41st  Shadow Cabinet of Canada
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Date formed May 26, 2011
Date dissolved October 19, 2015
People and organisations
Head of state Queen Elizabeth II
Opposition party New Democratic Party
Opposition leader
History
Election(s) 2011
Legislature term(s)
Predecessor 40th (2008-2011)
Successor 42nd (2015-Current)
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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.

By Member[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. 83 MPs have served in the Official Opposition Cabinet in the 41st Parliament. Highlight indicates Member was a Senior Shadow Minister at dissolution.

Portrait Shadow Minister Portfolio Tenure
Portrait of Malcolm Allen.jpg Malcolm Allen Agriculture May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Natural Resources January 23, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Charlie Angus in 2014.jpg Charlie Angus Ethics May 26, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Niki Ashton 2012-02-12.jpg Niki Ashton Status of Women April 19, 2012 — January 22, 2015
Aboriginal Affairs January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Robert Aubin.jpg Robert Aubin La Francophonie May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Transport April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Infrastructure and Communities April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
PaulinaAyala.jpg Paulina Ayala Consular Services May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Consular Services April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Tyrone Benskin Canadian Heritage May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Official Languages April 19, 2012 — May 27, 2013
Dennis Bevington.jpg Dennis Bevington Deputy Aboriginal Affairs May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Canadian Northern Economic Development April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Denis Blanchette 2015-03-14.jpg Denis Blanchette Deputy Public Works and Government Services April 19, 2012 — August 13, 2013
Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe Deputy Seniors May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Seniors April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Citizenship and Immigration August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Françoise Boivin.jpg Françoise Boivin Status of Women May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Justice September 21, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Justice April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Charmaine Borg Digital Issues April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet Housing April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Human Resources and Skills Development April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Infrastructure and Communities August 13, 2013 — January 22, 2015
Deputy Infrastructure and Communities January 21, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Alexandre Boulerice 2014-05-08.jpg Alexandre Boulerice Treasury Board May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Labour April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Ruth Ellen Brosseau Deputy Agriculture April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Guy Caron Industry November 1, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Finance April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Deputy International Trade January 17, 2013 — January 22, 2015
Andrew Cash, MP.jpg Andrew Cash Deputy Housing May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Canadian Heritage April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Multiculturalism August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Consumer Affairs January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Chris Charlton.jpg Chris Charlton Chief Opposition Whip May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Human Resources and Skills Development April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Industry August 13, 2013 — March 19, 2014
Natural Resources March 20, 2014 — January 22, 2015
Sylvain Chicoine Deputy Public Safety May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Veterans Affairs April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Robert-Chisholm-2012-NDP-Leadership-Convention.png Robert Chisholm International Trade May 26, 2011 — October 31, 2011
Fisheries and Oceans April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Atlantic Gateway April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Intergovernmental Affairs April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
François Choquette Deputy Environment August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Olivia Chow 2014.jpg Olivia Chow Transportation May 26, 2011 — March 13, 2014
David Christopherson.jpg David Christopherson Democratic Reform May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness October 14, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy NDP Leader (Ontario) April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Ryan Cleary.jpg Ryan Cleary Post Secondary Education April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Joe Comartin.jpg Joe Comartin Justice May 26, 2011 — October 12, 2011
Opposition House Leader October 13, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Democratic Reform April 19, 2012 — September 16, 2012
Raymond Côté 2011-03-31.jpg Raymond Côté Small Business & Tourism May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Cullen-2012-convention-speech.PNG Nathan Cullen Deputy Natural Resources (Western Canada) May 26, 2011 — October 2, 2011
Opposition House Leader April 19, 2012 — March 19, 2014
Finance March 20, 2014 — October 19, 2015
Jean Crowder Human Resources and Social Development May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Privacy October 3, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Aboriginal Affairs April 19, 2012 — January 22, 2015
Don Davies NDP.JPG Don Davies Citizenship and Immigration May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
International Trade April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Multiculturalism August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Citizenship and Immigration January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Libby Davies.jpg Libby Davies Deputy NDP Leader (Western Canada) May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Health May 26, 2011 — January 22, 2015
Anne-Marie Day 2015-08-12.jpg Anne-Marie Day Deputy Human Resources and Skills Development May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Public Works and Government Services August 13, 2013 — January 22, 2015
La Francophonie January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Paul Dewar 2012-02-12.jpg Paul Dewar Foreign Affairs May 26, 2011 — October 2, 2011
April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Pierre Dionne Labelle La Francophonie April 19, 2012 — January 22, 2015
National Revenue January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Fin Donnelly.jpg Fin Donnelly Fisheries and Oceans May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Western Economic Diversification April 19, 2012 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Fisheries and Oceans April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Infrastructure and Communities August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Rosane Doré Lefebvre 2012.jpg Rosane Doré Lefebvre Deputy Public Safety April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Matthew Dubé Deputy Post Secondary Education May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Sport April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Youth August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Linda Duncan 2015.jpg Linda Duncan Aboriginal Affairs May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Public Works and Government Services April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Western Economic Diversification August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Mylène Freeman Status of Women January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Randall Garrison.jpg Randall Garrison LGBT Issues May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Jonathan Genest-Jourdain Deputy Aboriginal Affairs May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Yvon Godin 2014-05-05.jpg Yvon Godin Labour May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Official Languages May 26, 2011 — January 22, 2015
Claude Gravelle Natural Resources October 3, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Official Languages January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
GroguhéS.jpg Sadia Groguhé Deputy Citizenship and Immigration May 26, 2011 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Multiculturalism May 26, 2011 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Opposition House Leader April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Chief Opposition Whip August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Employment and Social Development August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Dan Harris NDP MP.jpg Dan Harris Deputy Science and Technology May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Industry April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Jack Harris, MP.jpg Jack Harris Justice May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
National Defence April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Carol Hughes.jpg Carol Hughes Deputy Aboriginal Affairs (Aboriginal Health) April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Peter Julian.jpg Peter Julian Industry May 26, 2011 — October 31, 2011
Finance October 28, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Natural Resources April 19, 2012 — March 19, 2014
Opposition House Leader March 20, 2014 — October 19, 2015
Matthew Kellway Deputy National Defence (Military Procurement) May 26, 2011 — August 12, 2013
Urban Affairs August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Transport March 20, 2014 — October 19, 2015
Infrastructure and Communities January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
François Lapointe Small Business and Tourism April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Economic Development (Quebec) August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Alexandrine Latendresse 2011-03-31.jpg Alexandrine Latendresse Deputy Democratic Reform May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Hélène Laverdière International Cooperation May 26, 2011 — October 2, 2011
Deputy Foreign Affairs May 26, 2011 — October 2, 2011
Foreign Affairs October 3, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Consular Services April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
International Cooperation October 22, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Foreign Affairs August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Jack Layton - 2011.jpg Jack Layton Leader of the NDP May 26, 2011 – August 22, 2011
Leader of the Opposition May 26, 2011 – August 22, 2011
Intergovernmental Affairs May 26, 2011 – August 22, 2011
Hélène LeBlanc Science and Technology May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Industry April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Megan Leslie at Progress Summit.jpg Megan Leslie Environment May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Deputy NDP Leader (Atlantic Canada) April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Hoang Mai National Revenue May 26, 2011 — January 16, 2013
Deputy Justice Jnnuary 17, 2013 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Transport August 13, 2013 — March 19, 2014
Transport March 20, 2014 — October 19, 2015
Wayne Marston Human Rights May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Economic Development (S. Ontario) April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Consular Affairs August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Labour August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Brian Masse.jpg Brian Masse International Trade November 1, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Economic Development (S. Ontario) August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Small Business and Tourism January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Pat Martin.jpg Pat Martin Canadian Wheat Board May 26, 2011 — August 12, 2013
Public Works and Government Services August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Irene Mathyssen in 2014.jpg Irene Mathyssen Seniors May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Pensions April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Seniors August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Canadian Heritage August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Élaine Michaud 2011-03-31.jpg Élaine Michaud Deputy National Defence August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Christine moore2.jpg Christine Moore Deputy National Defence May 26, 2011 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Natural Resources Jnnuary 17, 2013 — January 22, 2015
Deputy Health January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Dany Morin Deputy LGBT Issues May 26, 2011 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Health August 13, 2013 — January 22, 2015
Deputy Public Works and Government Services January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Marie-Claude Morin Housing October 3, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Thomas Mulcair 2015 (cropped).jpg Thomas Mulcair Opposition House Leader May 26, 2011 — October 12, 2011
Leader of the NDP April 19, 2012 – October 19, 2015
Leader of the Opposition April 19, 2012 – October 19, 2015
Intergovernmental Affairs April 19, 2012 – October 19, 2015
Pierre Nantel.JPG Pierre Nantel Sport May 26, 2011 — October 31, 2011
Canadian Heritage April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Peggy Nash in 2014.jpg Peggy Nash Finance May 26, 2011 — October 27, 2011
April 19, 2012 — March 19, 2014
Industry March 20, 2014 — October 19, 2015
Jamie Nicholls Deputy Transport, Infrastructure and Communities May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Natural Resources April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Official Languages August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Annick Papillon 2011-03-31.jpg Annick Papillon Deputy Veterans Affairs May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Small Business and Tourism August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Ève Péclet Deputy Foreign Affairs April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Justice August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
John Rafferty Economic Development (N. Ontario) April 19, 2012 – October 19, 2015
Pensions January 23, 2015 – October 19, 2015
Murray Rankin 2014.jpeg Murray Rankin National Revenue January 17, 2013 — January 22, 2015
Health January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Deputy National Revenue January 23, 2015 — October 19, 2015
Mathieu Ravignat Public Works and Government Services May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy International Trade May 26, 2011 — September 20, 2011
Treasury Board April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Jean Rousseau Deputy Agriculture May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Public Works and Government Services April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Anne Minh-Thu Quach Deputy Health May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Environment April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Industry August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Jasbir Sandhu Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Asia-Pacific Gateway April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Craig Scott photo by Djuradj Vujcic.jpg Craig Scott Deputy Justice April 19, 2012 — January 16, 2013
Democratic Reform September 20, 2012 — October 19, 2015
Sellah.jpg Djaouida Sellah Deputy Health April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
JinnySims.png Jinny Sims International Cooperation May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Deputy Consular Services May 26, 2011 — October 2, 2011
Deputy Foreign Affairs May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Citizenship and Immigration April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Multiculturalism April 19, 2012 — August 12, 2013
Employment and Social Development August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
RathikaSitsabaiesanReaders'PickWinner.png Rathika Sitsabaiesan Post Secondary Education May 26, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Kennedy-Stewart-MP.jpg Kennedy Stewart Deputy Natural Resources (Western Canada) October 3, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Peter Stoffer.jpg Peter Stoffer Veterans Affairs May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Glenn Thibeault.jpg Glenn Thibeault Sport November 1, 2011 — April 18, 2012
Small Business and Tourism August 13, 2013 — January 22, 2015
Consumer Affairs August 13, 2013 — January 22, 2015
Philip Toone Deputy Fisheries and Oceans May 26, 2011 — October 19, 2015
Deputy Chief Opposition Whip May 26, 2011 — August 12, 2013
Deputy Opposition House Leader August 13, 2013 — October 19, 2015
Nycole Turmel.png Nycole Turmel Public Works and Government Services May 26, 2011 — August 22, 2011
Leader of the NDP August 23, 2011 – March 23, 2012
Leader of the Opposition August 23, 2011 – March 23, 2012
Intergovernmental Affairs August 23, 2011 – April 18, 2012
Chief Opposition Whip April 19, 2012 — October 19, 2015

Composition[edit]

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 Mike Sullivan
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
Brian Masse

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