Johns sworn in as MP

FEDERAL GOV’T: | Mulcair appoints Johns as critic for small business and tourism.

Gord Johns is sworn in as Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Courtenay-Alberni last weekend.

Gord Johns is sworn in as Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Courtenay-Alberni last weekend.

OTTAWA — Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns was officially sworn in to office in Ottawa on Nov. 14 and was quickly appointed by NDP leader Tom Mulcair to serve as the Opposition Critic for Small Business and Tourism.

Johns’ position is part of the federal NDP’s ‘shadow’ cabinet that is designed to hold the Liberal government to account.

“It’s absolutely an honour to officially serve as your elected Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni,” Johns said in a prepared statement.

“As the NDP critic for small business and tourism, I want to bring Courtenay-Alberni’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to Ottawa. I’ll push hard to find new ways to attract tourists to Canada and give our small businesses a break.”

As a former small business owner and having served as the executive director of the Tofino–Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Johns says he brings a wealth of experience to the NDP shadow cabinet. He also vowed to hold the new Liberal government to their promises.

“The Liberal government made a lot of commitments this campaign and the NDP is going to keep them accountable,” added Johns.

“I’m ready to work hard and get results for the people of Courtenay-Alberni and Canadians across the country.”

Johns is currently building his staff team and setting up parliamentary and constituency offices.

Courtenay-Alberni residents can reach him via e-mail at Gord.Johns@parl.gc.ca. Starting Nov. 23, his Ottawa office number, 613-992-0903 will also be live.

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