Essex MP lands job as Opposition Labor critic in Poilievre’s shadow cabinet


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Essex MP Chris Lewis has been nominated by Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre as the Conservative Party’s Shadow Labor Minister.

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“I am honored to be nominated,” Lewis said in a statement Friday.

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“I look forward to reaching out to other organizations that represent workers across the country and bringing their concerns to the House of Commons while holding the Liberal government accountable for its actions and legislation,” said.

“Workers are grappling with inflation and the cost of living and they need economic policy that reduces inflation, helps bring down the cost of living and secures jobs and jobs during the greatest energy transition of our generation,” he said.

The former Kingsville councilman, re-elected a year ago to his second term in federal government, added that he was “looking forward to supporting working people through my private member’s bill.” His Bill C-241 would allow tradespeople to deduct travel expenses to where they can find work in Canada.

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Poilievre won the leadership of the Conservative Party on the first ballot at a September 10 leadership convention. Poilievre’s bid to succeed Erin O’Toole was backed by more than half of the caucus of party MPs, including Lewis.

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