10:30 p.m., Jan. 18)
Orléans MP appointed to Canada-U.S. relations committee
By Fred Sherwin
MPP Andrew Leslie has been appointed as the Parliamentary
Secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland
with the added responsibility of sitting on a Cabinet
committee charged with forging close and strong ties with
the incoming Trump administration.
former Lieutenant-General, whose paternal and maternal
grandfathers both served as Ministers of National Defence
after World War II, Leslie will be regarded as the Cabinet's
answer to the large number of former generals Preisdent
elect Donald Trump has appointed to his own Cabinet.
to a press release issues by the Prime Minister's office,
Leslie will play "a critical role in building ties
with the new U.S. administration."
a retired lieutenant-general with years of experience
working with the U.S., I know he has the necessary relationships
and experience to help establish a constructive dialogue
with the new U.S. administration," Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau said in a statement released Wednesday.
response, Leslie issued a press release in which he promised
to fulfill his new duties to the best of his abilities.
have gratefully and humbly accepted the Prime Minister's
offer and as I have done consistently throughout my life,
I will invest every effort to serve Canada to the best
of my abilities," said Leslie who will be relinquishing
his duties as Government Whip when the new appointment
comes in effect on January 30.
also issued a statement to his consituents in the press
release promising to continue to represent them with "dedication
am indebted to all of you for your trust and for the support
you have given me since the election. I will continue
to serve and represent Orléans with dedication
and diligence, of that you can be assured."
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