Duncan not in Conservative shadow cabinet but Scheer made great choices

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Eric Duncan (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SDSG – Local MP Eric Duncan says his leader, Andrew Scheer, has made great choices with the shadow cabinet ahead of the next parliamentary session.

“There’s good geography. There’s good gender balance. There’s good representation from all parts of the party so I think he made a great choice with the shadow cabinet he’s got,” Duncan told Cornwall Newswatch Friday.

Scheer had announced the shadow cabinet earlier Friday ahead of the first session of the 43rd Parliament, which starts Thursday, Dec. 5.

Duncan is not on the list of 50 members, choosing instead to focus on other things for this first time in Parliament. He says he wasn’t “expecting anything or wanting anything” in the way of an appointment.

“I’m focusing on some of the committees that I want to sit on and different things like that. Andrew had a lot of tough choices. There’s a lot of new members and experienced members. I’m helping out and contributing in some other ways,” Duncan said.

He’s hoping for a couple of committee posts. “I have a lot of orientation to do myself. There will be different ways for me to serve that’s for sure.”

Duncan reiterated his pleasure in Scheer’s choices saying “no ifs, ands or buts about that.”

Another Eastern Ontario MP, Michael Barrett (Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes), was named the ethics critic. Here’s the entire Conservative shadow cabinet list:

  • Ziad Aboultaif (Edmonton Manning, Alberta) – Digital Government
  • Dan Albas (Central Okanagan—Simillkameen—Nicola, British Columbia) – Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
  • Mel Arnold (North Okanagan—Shuswap, British Columbia) – Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • John Barlow (Foothills, Alberta) – Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Michael Barrett (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, Ontario) – Ethics
  • Luc Berthold (Mégantic—L’Érable, Quebec) – Infrastructure and Communities
  • James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman, Manitoba) – National Defence
  • Hon. Steven Blaney (Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis, Quebec) – Canadian Heritage
  • Kelly Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek, Saskatchewan) – Public Services and Procurement
  • Colin Carrie (Oshawa, Ontario) – Canada/US Relations and Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Hon. Michael Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills, Ontario) – Democratic Institutions
  • James Cumming (Edmonton Centre, Alberta) – Small Business and Export Promotion
  • Raquel Dancho (Kildonan—St. Paul, Manitoba) – Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
  • Chris d’Entremont (West Nova, Nova Scotia) – Official Languages and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, Quebec) – Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Todd Doherty (Cariboo—Prince George, British Columbia) – Transport
  • Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay (South Surrey—White Rock, British Columbia) – Environment and Climate Change
  • Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, Ontario) – Veterans Affairs (Associate) and Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario
  • Bernard Généreux (Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec) – Rural Economic Development and Economic Development Agency of Canada for Regions of Quebec
  • Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta) – Multiculturalism
  • Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton, Ontario) – Health
  • Tracy Gray (Kelowna—Lake Country, British Columbia) – Interprovincial Trade
  • Randy Hoback (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) – International Trade
  • Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend, Alberta) – Infrastructure and Communities (Associate)
  • Pat Kelly (Calgary Rocky Ridge, Alberta) – Finance (Associate)
  • Hon. Peter Kent (Thornhill, Ontario) – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Stephanie Kusie (Calgary Midnapore, Alberta) – Families, Children and Social Development
  • Hon. Mike Lake (Edmonton—Wetaskiwin, Alberta) – International Development
  • Richard Lehoux (Beauce, Quebec) – Agriculture and Agri-Food (Associate)
  • Richard Martel (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, Quebec) – National Defence (Associate)
  • Phil McColeman (Brantford—Brant, Ontario) – Veterans Affairs
  • Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, British Columbia) – Natural Resources (Forestry and Mining)
  • Hon. Rob Moore (Fundy Royal, New Brunswick) – Justice and Attorney General
  • Marty Morantz (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley, Manitoba) – National Revenue
  • Glen Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner, Alberta) – Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Associate)
  • Hon. Erin O’Toole (Durham, Ontario) – Foreign Affairs
  • Pierre Paul-Hus (Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles, Quebec) – Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ontario) – Finance and National Capital Commission
  • Hon. Michelle Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill, Alberta) – Industry and Economic Development
  • Blake Richards (Banff—Airdrie, Alberta) – Tourism and Western Economic Diversification
  • Bob Saroya (Markham—Unionville, Ontario) – Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
  • Jamie Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, Ontario) – Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, Alberta) – Natural Resources
  • David Sweet (Flamborough—Glanbrook, Ontario) – International Human Rights and Religious Freedom
  • Hon. Tim Uppal (Edmonton Mill Woods, Alberta) – Treasury Board
  • Karen Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London, Ontario) – Women and Gender Equality
  • Gary Vidal (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, Saskatchewan) – Indigenous Services
  • John Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest, New Brunswick) – Labour
  • Hon. Alice Wong (Richmond Centre, British Columbia) – Seniors
  • Bob Zimmer (Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies, British Columbia) – Northern Affairs and Northern Economic Development Agency