Chong, Nater named to shadow cabinet

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Two local MPs have been appointed to the Official Opposition’s shadow cabinet named by newly-elected Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole.

Wellington Halton-Hills MP Michael Chong was appointed Foreign Affairs critic, while Perth-Wellington MP John Nater was given the Rural Economic Development shadow post.

The shadow cabinet, announced on Sept. 8, also includes former  Conservative leader Andrew Scheer as critic for Infrastructure and Communities.

In addition, O’Toole will be shadow minister for Middle Class Prosperity.

“Foreign affairs matters – during the Second World War my Chinese dad was defended by Canadian soldiers in Hong Kong and my Dutch mom was liberated by them,” stated Chong in a Twitter post thanking well-wishers.

“I am honoured to join the Shadow Cabinet under Erin O’Toole’s leadership,” said Nater in a press release.

He added, “Erin understands the concerns of Canadians living in communities like those in Perth Wellington and I am excited to serve with him as we present a modern Conservative Party to all Canadians.”

Among Nater’s top stated priorities in his new portfolio is rural broadband.

“Since I was first elected in 2015, I have consistently raised the issue of rural broadband in the House of Commons and directly with the current Liberal Government,” stated Nater.

“Now, with COVID-19, reliable high-speed internet is absolutely essential for business, education, healthcare, and keeping families connected.”

The Second Session of the 43rd Parliament is set to begin on Sept. 23 with a Speech from the Throne.