Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has appointed Abbotsford MP Ed Fast the Conservative Shadow Minister for Finance.
Fast’s appointment was announced Thursday (Feb. 11) in O’Toole’s first shuffle of caucus roles since he was elected leader last August.
Fast takes over as finance critic from Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre, who now becomes the party’s critic for jobs and industry.
Fast said the country’s financial challenges are “immense,” as skyrocketing deficits and record unemployment levels continue.
He said he and the Conservatives will continue to call upon the Liberal government to “provide Canadians with a comprehensive plan to reopen our economy and get Canadians back to work.”
“A vague promise to borrow and spend hundreds of billions of dollars more is not an economic plan,” he said.
“Our Conservative opposition will point out the government’s failure to deliver such a plan and will propose our own policy for restarting our economy and helping small businesses across our country get back on their feet.”
Fast was first elected as an MP in 2006 and won his fifth term in the 2019 election.
He previously served as Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway from 2011-13 and as Minister of International Trade from 2011-15.