IN THE NEWS ~ Peter Julian gets promotion in Jack Layton's shadow cabinet

By Grant Granger - Burnaby NewsLeader
Updated: May 26, 2011 4:29 PM

New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian has received a promotion.

Federal New Democrat Party leader Jack Layton has named Julian as industry critic in the official Opposition's shadow cabinet as well as deputy national caucus chair. Julian will also be a member of the NDP's priority and planning committee which mirrors the majority Conservative party's inner cabinet structure.

"I am honoured to take my place on the front bench of the NDP team," said Julian in a press release. "To be named to the shadow cabinet as well as the inner shadow cabinet is a great privilege."

The New Democrats became the official Opposition for the first time following the May 2 federal election in which the party was victorious in a record 103 ridings.

Layton also reappointed New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody MP Fin Donnelly as fisheries and oceans critic.

He had been serving in that role prior to the election. Donnelly was first elected to Parliament in a 2009 byelection to replace Dawn Black who moved to provincial politics.