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Mazier appointed to shadow cabinet


Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa MP Dan Mazier, has been appointed to the Conservative party’s shadow cabinet.
Mazier will serve as deputy shadow minister for Environment and Climate Change, an appointment he accepted with excitement.
“It is a privilege to take on this new responsibility and to know that I can contribute to bringing forth ideas and perspectives to environmental policies that reflect what works for all Canadians and not in a way that unfairly impacts rural Canada,” Mazier said.
The opposition parties have a tradition of naming various individuals to key portfolios to hold the corresponding government ministers to account and to help form better policy. Formerly, known as critics, the Conservative Party now follows British Parliamentary language in calling these individuals shadow ministers and deputy shadow ministers.
As a result of his new position, Mazier will also hold a seat on the Standing Committee on the Environment which studies the programs and legislation of Environment Canada and Parks Canada, something that Mazier looks forward to as a representative with Riding Mountain National Park in his riding.
“The reality is that our riding has a unique environment and the residents of our riding value and conserve the environment we cherish in a way that other government officials in Ottawa may be unaware of. Whether it be various conservation efforts by farmers, landowners, anglers or hunters,” Mazier said.
“I look forward to sharing the practices that really work for our riding and the ideas that I believe will be better environmental policy for our country as a whole.”
Mazier believes his appointment to the shadow cabinet position can be attributed to his environmental knowledge and experience gained through his professional career.
Mazier served extensively on various boards and organizations which focused on the environment including as a founder of the Elton Energy Corporation, a board member of the Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association, the Mid-Assiniboine Conservation District and the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, along with formerly holding the title of vice-president and president of Keystone Agricultural Producers.
“Unfortunately, environmental policy has become a divisive issue in our country because of a government that has made decisions without listening to all regions of the country and without respecting the different ways of life. I will be highlighting to the Liberals that environmental policy will not be successful with a one-size-fits-all approach.” he said.
“My immediate priority will be to pressure the government to remove the carbon-tax from grain drying, which is a perfect example of a Liberal environmental policy that doesn’t make sense.”

Staff Writer