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Three of four Kamloops and Okanagan MPs in Conservative shadow cabinet

Dan Albas, Conservative MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola is now the party's critic for the Environment and Climate Change.
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September 08, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Two Southern Interior supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada’s new leader, Erin O’Toole, have been named to his shadow cabinet, along with a third MP who did not endorse him.

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, did not take a stand on the recent leadership race even though he was an early supporter of Maxime Bernier in the 2017 campaign, won by Andrew Scheer.

Despite taking a back seat during the race, Albas was named Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change when O’Toole announced his shadow cabinet today, Sept. 8.

Cathy McLeod, the MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, backed O’Toole in 2017 and again this time. O’Toole finished third in 2017.

McLeod was named shadow minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations.

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray endorsed O’Toole as well in his latest bid and was rewarded by being named shadow minister for Export Promotion and International Trade.

O’Toole won the leadership on Aug. 24, replacing Scheer, who was also named to the Shadow Cabinet as critic for Infrastructure and Communities.

Mel Arnold, the Southern Interior’s fourth Conservative MP, representing North Okanagan-Shuswap, did not make it into the Shadow Cabinet.

For the full list, go here.

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