Vancouver’s three Liberal MPs—all political veterans—have been shut out of Leader Michael Ignatieff’s shadow cabinet.
Yesterday, Ignatieff announced what a party news release described as a “streamlined roster of critics”.
Vancouver South Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh, Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry, and Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray were not given any critic positions.
From April 30 to May 3, federal Liberals will hold a convention in Vancouver to ratify Ignatieff's leadership.
Dosanjh and Fry are both left-leaning Liberals who supported Bob Rae in the 2006 Liberal leadership race. They threw their support behind Stephane Dion after the third ballot, helping to deny Ignatieff the party leadership.
Murray has made climate change her central issue, and was a strong supporter of Dion, who was also left out of the shadow cabinet.
Dosanjh is a former B.C. premier and attorney general, and served as a cabinet minister in the Paul Martin government.
Fry, a former president of the B.C. Medical Association, has held Vancouver Centre since 1993, and was in the cabinet of the Jean Chretien government.
Murray is a former cabinet minister in Gordon Campbell’s B.C. Liberal government.
The only Metro Vancouver federal Liberal appointed to the shadow cabinet is Newton-North Delta MP Sukh Dhaliwal, who became the critic for Western Economic Development and the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
Dhaliwal, who has no cabinet experience, supported Joe Volpe in the 2006 Liberal leadership race, and later threw his support behind Ignatieff.
Ignatieff has appointed himself as the intergovernmental affairs critic. Rae retains his position as foreign affairs critic. John McCallum, an Ignatieff supporter, remains the Liberal finance critic.