Alistair MacGregor, NDP MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, was appointed to several critic roles on Nov. 28 as parliament prepares to reconvene on Dec. 5. (File photo)

Alistair MacGregor, NDP MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, was appointed to several critic roles on Nov. 28 as parliament prepares to reconvene on Dec. 5. (File photo)

Cowichan MP MacGregor appointed to several critic roles in NDP caucus

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced the critic roles on Nov. 28

Alistair MacGregor will serve as the NDP critic for agriculture, rural economic development, and the deputy critic for justice and human rights in Canada’s 43rd Parliament.

MacGregor, MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, was appointed to the roles on Nov. 28 by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh when Singh announced the critic roles for his NDP Caucus.

MacGregor served as the NDP critic for justice and human rights between January and December of 2017, taking on the role as the NDP’s agriculture and agri-food critic from January, 2018, until parliament dissolved at the time of the recent federal election.

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MacGregor said this is “very welcome” news for him.

“In the previous parliament, I occupied the roles of agriculture critic and justice critic, so I know both files very well,” he said.

“Adding the role of rural economic development will be an exciting new challenge and fits well with the riding I am privileged to represent. I look forward to taking on these responsibilities with fresh resolve when the House of Commons comes back on Dec. 5.”

MacGregor’s time as the justice critic included shepherding the government’s cannabis and impaired-driving legislation through committee and gaining supports for Canadians called to serve jury duty.

On the agriculture file, MacGregor was a vocal advocate for supply-managed farmers, food security, and taking a holistic approach to Canada’s farming future with the adoption of carbon sequestration through agro-ecological farming practices and principles.