Waterloo MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger has been named the new government House Leader. Chagger takes over the job of leading the government’s agenda through Parliament from Dominic LeBlanc, who remains in the fisheries portfolio he assumed after Hunter Tootoo’s resignation in the spring.
According to a government statement, LeBlanc will now be “dedicated solely” to his role as minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard but will be given “additional responsibilities in the coming days.”
Chagger becomes the first woman to hold the position in Canadian history.
At the press conference announcing her appointment, Chagger was questioned on her competency in Canada’s other official language. Defending herself, the new House leader said in French that she understood the language when spoken by others but did not yet have the confidence to speak it herself, adding that she intends to improve her language skills.