MP Cathy McLeod has a new, double-barreled job description.
She was among 12 parliamentary secretary appointments announced Thursday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
McLeod assumes the supporting role for Kellie Leitch and Rona Ambrose, respectively the ministers of labour and western economic diversification.
Parliamentary secretaries will play an important role in helping the government deliver on its commitments, Harper said in a press release.
“Our strengthened team is broad and experienced, and will provide strong, stable government in a time of continuing economic uncertainty.”
For the past 18 months, the Kamloops-Thompson-Caribou MP has served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of national revenue.
“I’m really please that the prime minister has appointed me to two portfolios,” McLeod said. “Western economic diversification is really important in terms of supporting Western Canadian investment and growth.”
Community Futures programs, which support business start-ups, fall under the WED umbrella, she noted.
The federal labour minister is responsible for setting labour standards and federal labour-dispute mechanisms. While most responsibilities for organized labour lie with the provinces, Ottawa has authority over issues in industries that are federally regulated, such as railways and the airline sector.
Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas, elected two years ago, was appointed parliamentary secretary to the president of the treasury board.