Frank Caputo, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo’s newly-elected MP, has been named shadow minister for Veterans Affairs and associate minister of National Defence.
The appointments came Tuesday, Nov. 9, as Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservative Party, and official opposition, announced his shadow cabinet.
In a statement, Caputo said he was “deeply honoured” to be appointed to these roles during Remembrance week.
“Our veterans were prepared to, and often did, make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom,” the statement reads. “The Canadian Armed Forces have a proud history and have been served by generations of Canadians of nobility, courage and valour.”
He added those members of the CAF are “are universally recognized as some of the most professional, highly skilled and most effective servicemen and women in the world.”
Caputo said he looks forward to “fighting for the continued recognition and well-being of Canada’s veterans,” adding he will also hold the Liberal government to account to ensure the nations’ veterans receive critical services.
“Our veterans have endured enormous sacrifice for our country,” the statement reads. “I will work tirelessly as their advocate to ensure they are given what they are owed by their country, and not a single veteran is left behind.”