Durham MP Erin O’Toole appointed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade
NEWS: Bowmanville, ON — Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment to Durham Member of Parliament Erin O’Toole to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade. Parliamentary Secretaries are appointed by the Prime Minister to assist a Minister with matters related to their portfolio and to represent the Minister on occasion.
“I am pleased to serve the government in this additional capacity and appreciate the confidence the Prime Minister has shown in me,” said MP O’Toole. “I look forward to working with the Honourable Ed Fast on the important work of opening new markets for Canadian goods and services. Trade is a critical part of Canada’s economic prosperity and I look forward to bringing my experience in the private sector to work closely with Minister Fast as he continues his excellent work in this portfolio.”
“My continued commitment to the Durham riding will remain my top priority. I have an experienced and capable team and we will continue to work hard on behalf of our communities and constituents,” said MP O’Toole. “My focus continues to be on job creation and the economy in the Durham Region alongside our plan to eliminate the deficit without raising taxes on families or seniors. Increased trade leads to more jobs in Durham and in Canada, so I am proud to have a role in the Harper Government’s ambitious work opening markets to support job creation across Canada.”
MP O’Toole was elected on November 26, 2012 in a by-election. Prior to his election, O’Toole served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked as a corporate lawyer for a large manufacturing and distribution company and with two national law firms. He remains active in his community as a member of Branch 178 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Rotary Club of Courtice and Valleys 2000. MP O’Toole lives in Courtice with his wife Rebecca and children Mollie (7) and Jack (2).