Congratulations to my Conservative colleague Richard Martel who is entering the shadow cabinet of the Official Opposition. Richard has just been appointed Associate Minister of National Defense. MP James Bezan and he will defend our brave men and women in uniform.

I would also like to congratulate my colleagues Pierre Paul-Hus and Steven Blaney for their respective appointments as well.

To finish off, I would sincerely like to thank my leader Andrew Scheer for his trust and confidence in me. I am very pleased to announce that I will continue to work as secretary of the Shadow Cabinet responsible for Rural Affairs and the Economic Development Agency for the regions of Quebec.