For immediate release
August 31, 2018
SEAN FRASER NAMED PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Ottawa, ON – Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, has been appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The announcement was made today through a release by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I am thrilled that MP Fraser will be working alongside me in this role. In less than three years in office, he has demonstrated a deep understanding of complex issues and has established a reputation as a hard-working and intelligent Member of Parliament who advocates effectively for the needs of his constituents. His personal interest and regard for the environment makes him a perfect fit for this important portfolio. With his background and experience, Sean will bring a unique and well-informed Atlantic Canadian perspective to this role,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
“I am honoured by the Prime Minister’s expression of confidence in my abilities and I look forward to taking on these additional responsibilities. I hope to play a part to ensure that Canada does right by itself, and the world” said MP Fraser. “I have a keen interest in this portfolio, and I am looking forward to working with Minister McKenna and her team in tackling the challenges that this opportunity presents.”
Parliamentary secretaries are members of the government party who are appointed by the Prime Minister to assist cabinet ministers with their parliamentary duties. Under the direction of their ministers, parliamentary secretaries handle legislative matters in the House of Commons, engage in committee work, and assume some extra-parliamentary responsibilities. Parliamentary secretaries play a vital, if often unrecognized, role in assisting cabinet ministers and providing a link between ministers and parliamentarians.
Over the past two House of Commons sittings, MP Fraser served on the Standing Committee for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, as well as the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. He will now transition from these committees to perform his duties as the parliamentary secretary.
“I look forward to embracing this new role as we approach the next sitting of the House and remain committed to continuing to serve as an effective local representative for the people of Central Nova.”
The House of Commons sitting resumes on Monday September 17th, 2018.