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, Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, and is 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 Parliament[edit]

The membership of the Shadow Cabinet in various parliaments may be found in the following articles:


Following the 2015 Federal Election, held on October 19, 2015, the Conservative Party lost power and became 42nd Parliament of Canada's Official Opposition. It is led by Rona Ambrose, who was selected as interim leader of the Conservative Party on November 5, 2015.[1]

There are currently 30 Senior members of the Shadow Cabinet. 17 are men, 13 are women. 4 (Aboultaif, Deltell, Obhrai and Wong) are Visible Minorities.

Shadow Minister Name Riding Role Prior Experience Education First Elected Date of Birth
RonaAmbrose EdmontonLRTOpening 25April2009 (cropped).jpg Ambrose, RonaRona Ambrose Sturgeon River—Parkland Interim CPC Leader
Leader of the Opposition
Status of Women
Communications Consultant University of Victoria (B.A.)
University of Alberta (M.A.)
2004 1969
Denis Lebel.JPG Lebel, DenisDenis Lebel Lac-Saint-Jean Deputy CPC Leader
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Intergovernmental Affairs
Mayor of Roberval (2000-2007)
Hotel Manager
2006 1954
Ziadinedmonton.jpg Aboultaif, ZiadZiad Aboultaif Edmonton Manning National Revenue Businessman 2015 1966
Candice Bergen 2014.jpg Bergen, CandiceCandice Bergen Portage-Lisgar Natural Resources CPC Organizer for Manitoba (2006-2008)
Financial Advisor
2008 1964
James Bezan 2014.jpg Bezan, JamesJames Bezan Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman National Defence Farmer Olds College (Diploma) 2004 1965
Steven Blaney 2014-11-11.jpg Blaney, StevenSteven Blaney Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis Public Services & Procurement ADQ Candidate (2003)
Environmental Engineer
Université du Québec à Montréal (B. Eng)
University of Sherbrooke (M. Eng)
2006 1965
Kellyblockremembrance.jpg Block, KellyKelly Block Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek Transport Mayor of Waldheim (2003-2008)
Waldheim Town Councillor (2000-2003) Saskatoon Regional Health Authority
2008 1961
Madameboucher.png Boucher, SylvieSylvie Boucher Beauport—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île d'Orléans—Charlevoix La Francophonie Deputy Chief of Staff - Tourism Quebec
Sales Consultant
Collège Bart (B. Sc) 2006 1962
Clarke, AlupaAlupa Clarke Beauport-Limoilou Veterans Affairs Canadian Military 2015 1986
Monsieurdeltell.png Deltell, GérardGérard Deltell Louis-Saint-Laurent Employment & Workforce
ADQ Leader (2009-2012)
Quebec MNA (2008-2015)
Radio Show Host
Université Laval (B.A) 2015 1964
Ed Fast visits University of the Fraser Valley.jpg Fast, EdEd Fast Abbotsford Environment and Climate Change Abbotsford City Councillor (1996-2005)
Abbotsford School Trustee (1985-1990)
University of British Columbia (B.A, LL.B) 2006 1955
FinleyHOCmaiden.jpg Finley, DianeDiane Finley Haldimand—Norfolk Innovation & Science
Economic Development
CEO Canadian Medical Response
Rolls-Royce Canada Executive Director
University Administrator
University of Western Ontario (B.Comm., M.A) 2004 1957
Gladu, MarilynMarilyn Gladu Sarnia—Lambton Science Suncor Director of Engineering
Chemical Engineer
Queen's University (B.Eng) 2015 1961
Peter Kent.jpg Kent, PeterPeter Kent Thornhill Foreign Affairs CBC: The National Host (1976-1978)
Broadcast Journalist
2008 1943
KellieLeitch2014.jpg Leitch, KellieKellie Leitch Simcoe—Grey Health UWO Assistant Dean
University Professor
Queen's University (B.Sc)
University of Toronto (MD)
Dalhousie University (MBA)
2011 1970
Cathy McLeod 5241.jpg McLeod, CathyCathy McLeod Simcoe—Grey Indigenous & Northern Affairs Mayor of Pemberton (1996-1999)
Pemberton City Councillor (1993-1996)
University of Western Ontario (B.Sc) 2008 1957
Rob Nicholson 2013 crop.jpg Nicholson, RobRob Nicholson Niagara Falls Justice Niagara Falls Regional Councillor (1997-2004)
Queen's University (B.A)
University of Windsor (LL.B)
1988 1952
Obhraistampede.jpg Obhrai, DeepakDeepak Obhrai Calgary Forest Lawn International Development Businessman 1997 1950
Erin O'Toole.jpg O'Toole, ErinErin O'Toole Durham Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Lawyer
Royal Canadian Air Force
Dalhousie University (LL.B) 2012 1973
Pierre Poilievre.jpg Poilievre, PierrePierre Poilievre Carleton Treasury Board Political Staffer University of Calgary (B.A) 2004 1980
Lisa Raitt 2013.jpg Raitt, LisaLisa Raitt Milton Finance Toronto Port Authority CEO
Corporate Lawyer
St. Francis Xavier University (B.Sc)
University of Guelph (M.Sc)
Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B)
2008 1968
Mpscottreidcanada.jpg Reid, ScottScott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston Democratic Institutions Giant Tiger CEO
University Professor
Carleton University (B.A, M.A) 2000 1964
Michelle Rempel 2014.jpg Rempel, MichelleMichelle Rempel Calgary Nose Hill Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship University Administrator University of Manitoba (B.A) 2011 1980
NRTH4680cutout.jpg Richards, BlakeBlake Richards Banff—Airdrie Tourism Political Assistant
Hockey Coach
Red Deer College (Diploma)
University of Calgary (B.A)
2008 1974
Gerry Ritz 2013-04-09.jpg Ritz, GerryGerry Ritz Battlefords—Lloydminster International Trade Farmer 1997 1951
Peter Van Loan December 2010.jpg Van Loan, PeterPeter Van Loan York—Simcoe Canadian Heritage PCO President
University Professor
University of Toronto (B.A)
York University (M.A, LL.B, LL.M)
2004 1963
VecchioMP.jpg Vecchio, KarenKaren Vecchio Elgin—Middlesex—London Families, Children, and Social Development Political Staffer University of Western Ontario (B.A) 2015 1971
Chris Warkentin MP 2014.jpg Warkentin, ChrisChris Warkentin Grande Prairie—Mackenzie Agriculture Construction Executive Grande Prairie Regional College (Diploma) 2006 1978
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts by Erin Loxam (2008).jpg Watts, DianneDianne Watts South Surrey—White Rock Infrastructure & Communities Mayor of Surrey (2005-2014)
Credit Manager
2015 1959
Alicewongmp.jpg Wong, AliceAlice Wong Richmond Centre Small Business University Professor
University of British Columbia (B.A, M.A, Ph.D) 2008 1948