MP Mark Strahl Appointed To Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet
The Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition and Interim Leader of the Conservative Party, announced today the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. With the announcement, Mark Strahl was named Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
"I believe the team we have assembled will be the strongest Official Opposition this country has ever seen," said Ms. Ambrose. "I am proud to lead this team of talented and respected individuals from across Canada. Together, we will ask the Government the tough questions and hold them to account."
Strahl said that his previous work on fisheries issues and the importance of fisheries in his riding of Chilliwack—Hope made the portfolio a natural fit.
"As the Chair of the BC-Yukon Conservative caucus, I helped ensure that federal salmon stamp revenues would flow to the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and I've worked hard to bring significant federal funding for salmon enhancement and habitat restoration projects to Chilliwack and Hope," said Strahl. "The Fraser River flows through this riding, and as a lifelong resident of the area, I know how important our fisheries are to our local economy and how significant our salmon are for our local First Nations communities for social, ceremonial and food purposes."
Strahl said that he will begin reaching out to local and national stakeholders right away to learn about their concerns regarding the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and will take those concerns to the House of Commons on their behalf.
"It is an honour to be asked to serve in the Shadow Cabinet for the Official Opposition as Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. I look forward to my new role and being an effective member of such a dynamic team," said Strahl.