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Conservatives to rearrange critical roles with Poilievre leaving Finance: sources

Conservatives to rearrange critical roles with Poilievre leaving Finance: sources

He has been the most prominent face among vanguard critics of the Conservative Party – Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and her predecessor Bill Morneau on the state of the economy and the balance sheet of the country while blasting the Liberal government over ethical weaknesses like the US charity scandal.

Now, Pierre Poilievre is changing jobs.

Conservative sources, who spoke on condition of not being named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, told CBC News Poilievre would no longer be the party’s finance critic .

The same sources say veteran British Columbia MP Ed Fast will take on the role of finance critic or “shadow minister,” as the party describes it.

Poilievre will become the party’s spokesperson for employment and industry.

While the shift from the most high-profile critic role risks being seen by some as a demotion, conservative sources insist it is part of a calculated effort to reshape critic roles in response to the pandemic. as leader Erin O’Toole tries to push for a stronger focus on jobs and rebuilding the economy

Any change in Poilievre’s role will attract attention due to his status within the party.

He is regarded in caucus as one of the Conservatives’ best communicators, and his biting rhetorical style makes him one of the most aggressive MPs in the Conservative front seat.

The reshuffle is expected to take place on Wednesday when the party also deals with recent announcements that longtime Tory MPs Peter Kent and Cathy McLeod will not run in the next election.

Kent is currently spokesperson for employment and McLeod for Crown-Aboriginal relations.

Conservative MP Ed Fast will be the party’s new finance critic, sources say. (Canadian Press)

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