Close to half of all new parliamentary secretaries have connection to housing or homelessness

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Yesterday afternoon, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of 35 parliamentary secretaries who will support cabinet ministers in fulfilling their respective mandates.

Perhaps the most noteworthy selection is affordable housing champion Adam Vaughan in the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs), signaling a keen interest in tackling national housing challenges with support from the highest levels.

Mr. Vaughan has actively engaged with CHRA and its members over the past year, and participated in many Housing for All events in support of federal re-investment in affordable and social housing, including an election podcast in September. Listen to Adam Vaughan speak about his party’s housing platform with CHRA.

Read the complete bios of all 35 parliamentary secretaries.

As stated in the ministerial mandate letters, both the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development will lead the creation of a National Housing Strategy. Supporting them will be parliamentary secretaries Pablo Rodriguez and Terry Duguid.

Stay tuned for the Speech from the Throne being delivered tomorrow afternoon from the Senate floor. CHRA will be present and paying close for any commitments related to housing and homelessness.

All 14 parliamentary secretaries relevant to housing and homelessness, due to their portfolio or background, are captured below.
 

M.P.

Riding

Relevant portfolio

Background / experience related to housing / homelessness mentioned in bio

Bill Blair

Scarborough-Southwest

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Yes.

Randy Boissonnault

Edmonton Centre

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Participated in a Housing for All roundtable in Edmonton.

François-Philippe Champagne

Saint-Maurice–Champlain

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

 

Serge Cormier
 

Acadie-Bathurst

 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Participated in Housing for All initiative.

Anju Dhillon

Dorval–Lachine–LaSalle

Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women

Yes.

Terry Duguid

Winnipeg South

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Participated in a Housing for All event.

Greg Fergus

Hull—Aylmer

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Yes.

Participated in Housing for All roundtable in Hull.

Yvonne Jones

Labrador

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

 

Kamal Khera

Brampton West

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

Yes.

Kevin Lamoureux

Winnipeg North

Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Yes.

Stéphane Lauzon

Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation

Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Yes.

Pablo Rodriguez

Honoré-Mercier

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

 

Adam Vaughan

 

Parliamentary Secretary the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs)

Yes.

Participated in many Housing for All events.

Arif Virani

Parkdale–High Park

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Yes.