Parliament may be prorogued, but when it comes back in session in October our local MP Frank Valeriote will be sitting with a new role in the Liberal caucus, Deputy Whip.
GUELPH – On Wednesday, August 21, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau unveiled his new lineup of caucus leaders, issues advocates and critics, revealing Guelph MP Frank Valeriote as the newest addition to the Liberal House Leadership team.
"I am proud to announce Frank Valeriote’s addition to the Liberal Party's caucus leadership team as Deputy Whip. Frank will be playing a key role in our caucus as we prepare for the next election and helping to guide our strategy in the House of Commons,” said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. “As always, Frank’s leadership on a wide range of files, including agriculture, the automotive sector and environment to name only a few, will help shape our Party’s decisions and policy development as we head towards 2015."
Since his re-election in May 2011, Valeriote served as Liberal Party critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food as well as the automotive sector. “I am very honoured to be asked to serve in this enhanced leadership capacity as Deputy Whip for this strengthened Liberal Caucus,” said Valeriote. “The agricultural sector is incredibly important to Canada and in particular, Guelph and I enjoyed every minute of my time as Agriculture and Agri-food Critic; working with stakeholders here and across Canada, visiting farmers and listening to witnesses before the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.”
“Though I will now be engaged in different and exciting challenges in my new role as a member of the Liberal leadership team and House officer, I will definitely retain my engagement in agriculture and agrifood and in particular agricultural research and innovation, given its importance to the riding and residents of Guelph as well as Canadians across the country. I look forward to working with my colleague Mark Eyking in his new role as Agriculture and Agri-food critic.”