Waterloo MP Bardish Chagger named new government House Leader
Jennifer K. Baker, CTV Kitchener
Published Friday, August 19, 2016 2:39PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 19, 2016 6:25PM EDT
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made what he calls a “small adjustment” to his cabinet Friday.
Bardish Chagger was sworn in as the new government House Leader, replacing Dominic LeBlanc.
It’s a big promotion for the Waterloo MP.
Chagger will be responsible for getting the government’s agenda through the House of Commons and be the point person for any house reforms.
The 36-year-old will also hold on to her small business portfolio.
Chagger is the first woman in Canadian history to hold the position of House Leader.
It’s a huge vote of confidence by Trudeau for the rookie MP.
Chagger was elected in October 2015 after beating out incumbent Conservative MP Peter Braid. He had held the former Kitchener Waterloo seat since 2008. But Chagger did have some previous Parliament Hill experience as an executive assistant to former Kitchener-Waterloo MP Andrew Telegdi.
The Prime Minister was not there for the swearing-in but later tweeted: "We're committed to an open & transparent government that works for Canadians - I know @BardishKW will work with all parties to deliver."
LeBlanc has been doing double duty as both House Leader and Fisheries Minister after Hunter TooToo resigned back in May.
LeBlanc will remain as Fisheries Minister.