Local Conservative MP Diane Finley has accepted a key internal party posting on Parliament Hill.
The Conservative Party of Canada announced on Nov. 28 that Finley has been appointed caucus-party liaison.
Party spokesperson Daniel Schow said Finley was tapped due to her long years of experience in Ottawa and her knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
“She will ensure we are working as a team, something she knows a lot about.”
Schow noted that someone with Finley’s experience will be invaluable now that the Conservative caucus has grown to 121 MPs from 99 as a result of the Oct. 22 federal election.
Finley has been tapped for key party positions before.
The former cabinet minister served a previous term as caucus-party liaison. As well, Finley was put in charge of the CPC’s post-election campaign review after the federal Liberals under Justin Trudeau unseated the Harper Conservatives in 2015.
After former prime minister Stephen Harper stepped down, Finley was a member of the CPC committee in charge of ensuring that candidates in the leadership race to succeed him followed party rules.
Finley’s appointment was one of nine party positions announced last Thursday. Other key positions include the naming of MP Leona Alleslev (Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill) as the party’s deputy leader.
Alleslev made headlines in 2018 when she crossed the floor from the federal Liberals to the Scheer Conservatives.
She said she did so because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasn’t, in her estimation, addressing “foundational challenges” facing the country. Files cited included the economy, tax reform, foreign affairs and international trade.
Manitoba MP Candice Bergen has been named House Leader of the Official Opposition, while Alberta MP Tom Kmiec has been named the Conservatives’ national caucus chair.