New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian, right, has been appointed by federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh as NDP house leader â€“ the fourth time heâ€™s served in this role. Julian will also serve as his partyâ€™s energy critic and will continue serving his previous role of finance critic.
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New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian is wearing a number of hats with the federal NDP.
Party leader Jagmeet Singh has named Julian as NDP house leader â€“ the fourth time heâ€™s served in this role. Julian will also serve as his partyâ€™s energy critic and will continue serving his previous role of finance critic.
â€œThe amount of talent in the NDP caucus is amazing,â€� Julian said in a press release. â€œIâ€™m truly humbled to again work with my colleagues to ensure our efforts in the House of Commons have the maximum impact for working Canadians. Together, we can pressure this government to stop looking out for its well-connected friends, and to start putting working Canadians first.â€�
Julian previously served as NDP house leader for Singh and under former NDP leader Tom Mulcair.
â€œAt this critical time when Canadians are feeling cast aside, we need Peterâ€™s strength to push the government to stand up for Canadians,â€� Singh said. â€œWhen Peter previously served as house leader, he showed he is a master at procedure, which kept the government on its toes. This, combined with his experience as caucus chair and finance critic means heâ€™ll be invaluable as the NDP works to hold this Liberal government to account.â€�
According to an NDP press release, the house leader is the second-ranking position within the NDP caucus.
â€œPeter will play a crucial role in determining parliamentary priorities and strategy, including determining the partyâ€™s lineup during Question Period,â€� said the press release. â€œPeter will also act as the NDPâ€™s representative to the Board of Internal Economy, which determines the House of Commonsâ€™ administrative and financial policies.â€�
Julian, who was first elected MP in 2004, has served in a number of roles including critic for finance, international trade, transportation, persons with disabilities and energy. In 2017 he ran to replace Mulcair as NDP leader, but eventually withdrew from the leadership race and supported Singh.
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