As far as I’m concerned, this is the biggest news out of today’s shuffling of the Liberal critic portfolios:
• Denis Coderre becomes the Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage, la Francophonie and Official Languages;
• Bryon Wilfert, formerly Associate Foreign Affairs Critic, becomes Defence Critic;
I know little about Wilfert’s views on defence issues, it’s certainly a promotion though for the Dion loyalist.
He has to, however, be an improvement in the defence portfolio from Denis Coderre. The guy was ineffective and an embarrassment and I’ve been arguing for some time that he had to go from that job. So I’m glad he is, and moving to heritage would have to be seen as a demotion. I shan’t shed a tear over that either.
• Bob Rae continues as the Liberal Party’s Foreign Affairs Critic and will join the Priorities and Planning Committee;
• Martha Hall Findlay becomes Associate Finance Critic, and will also join the Priorities and Planning Committee;
• Joyce Murray becomes Vice-Chair of the Caucus Committee on Environmental Sustainability;
• Geoff Regan replaces John Godfrey as Chair of the Caucus Committee on Environmental Sustainability;
• Gerard Kennedy becomes Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs; and
• Senator James Cowan and Dr. Bernard Patry join the Priorities and Planning Committee.
Good to see Gerard Kennedy in there, as a former
And no sign of the move supposed “senior Liberals” or “Dion advisors” or whatever they’re pretending they are these days called for in the media earlier today, namely dumping Michael Ignatieff as deputy leader and replacing him with, I suppose, the unnamed person whose agenda they’re really advancing.
Thank-goodness that, for once, the really stupid advice of these supposed “senior Liberals” was ignored. Lets hope it starts a new trend.
ELSEWHERE: Also with takes on the shuffle are Calgary Grit and Cherniak on Politics. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers