OTTAWA, ON – Brian Masse MP (Windsor West) was today appointed NDP International Trade Critic by Interim Party Leader Nycole Turmel (see below).  Mr. Masse will immediately take over the responsibilities of this portfolio, including sitting as the critic for the Official Opposition at the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. 

“I am honoured and delighted to be taking on this new responsibility.  At a time when the Harper Conservatives are trying to push through questionable trade agreements, and when other countries such as the United States are proposing such plans as “Buy America,” it is time to have a strong opposition voice to fight for our Canadian trade, economy and jobs.  I look forward to this new challenge and to being that voice fighting for Canada,” stated Masse. 

Statement by Leader Nycole Turmel on new NDP critic appointments

November 1, 2011

I’m pleased to announce the appointment of new critic roles within the Federal New Democrat caucus.  Guy Caron will be stepping in as our new Industry critic, Brian Masse will be taking on the International Trade file, and Glenn Thibeault will be taking over the Sport portfolio.

These new critics are part of a strong team of New Democrats. A team that’s united, that knows what it believes, and that’s committed to holding Stephen Harper and his Conservative government to account.