KAWARTHA LAKES-Local MP Jamie Schmale has been appointed as the new Shadow Minister for Indigenous Services in Canada’s 44th Parliament. The news comes as part of a team of critics announced today by Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole.
Schmale said “I’m looking forward to my new role as Shadow Minister for Indigenous Services. This presents an opportunity to expand on the experience I gained while in Crown-Indigenous Relations.”
A Shadow Minister is tasked with holding cabinet ministers to account. The critics gain expertise on the issues and policies of that ministry or agency and can provide informed advice and criticism regarding the actions or inactions of Cabinet Ministers.
Schmale adds “The Liberal government has botched its promise to provide clean drinking water to Indigenous communities and has failed on its duty to provide adequate healthcare and housing for Indigenous families and children. They are silent on the calls from Indigenous leaders to address public safety issues on reserves through increased Indigenous led restorative justice measures and increased powers for First Nations policing services. I look forward to working with Indigenous leaders and communities to address these outstanding issues with the Liberal government.”
Newly-elected Peterborough-Kawartha Conservative MP Michelle Ferreri was named Shadow Minister of Tourism.
The House of Commons is set to begin sitting on November 22, 2019.