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Promoted to Deputy House Leader for Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

New position expands responsibilities for ten-year veteran

In the fall of 2016 Chris  returned to Ottawa in an exciting new role. In addition to his responsibilities as the Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose asked Chris to serve as Deputy House Leader for Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.

After a strong year together, Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada, announced the appointment of a strong, diverse team to lead the Conservative Caucus, keeping Chris as the Deputy House Leader on July 20, 2017.

A key part of his role is assisting the Leader and the Conservative team in Question Period, and working with members of the Shadow Cabinet to ensure that the concerns of Canadians are heard loud and clear.

“I am pleased to have the confidence of our Leader,” said Warkentin. “This role allows me to more strongly advocate on behalf of my constituents and all Canadians. I have enjoyed working with all of my colleagues in the Official Opposition as we hold the Liberal government to account.”

“Canadians are worried about job losses and months of economic decline. They are worried that the Liberals care more about spending money than they do about making the lives of Canadian families better,” Warkentin added. “We have been working hard to ensure that the interests of taxpayers are defended.”

“As always, I will continue to be a staunch advocate for my constituents on a day-to-day basis,” Warkentin said. “The Peace Country is my home, and in this  role the needs of my constituents will remain my number one priority.”

Warkentin has served in a number of different roles throughout his time in Ottawa, including as Chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works. Most recently he was the Official Critic for Agriculture and Agri-food.

Agriculture & Agri Food Critic

In November 2015 Chris was named to the shadow cabinet as Critic for Agriculture & Agri Food.

Chris returned to Ottawa in an exciting new role in September 2016. In addition to his regular duties, he was asked by Rona Ambrose to become Deputy House Leader and take a leading role in determining the everyday direction and strategic messaging of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
A key part of Chris’s new role will be captaining the Conservative team in Question Period and working with each critic to ensure that the issues that matter to Canadians are heard loud and clear.

News, events and releases specific to his Agriculture Critic role can be found here:


Agriculture and Agri Food Committee Business

For information on the standing committee for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada visit here. Get to know the committee members, stay up to date with committee business and see Chris’s participation in committee meetings.

Stop in here for more information on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and its programs and initiatives.

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