As the House of Commons reconvenes for its early-autumn sitting, Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, has announced he has been appointed the new Deputy Government House Leader in the House of Commons for the 44th Parliament.
According to a media release from Gerretsen’s office, dated Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons assists the Government House Leader and coordinates with the Chief Government Whip to manage the overall legislative agenda of the Government.
Gerretsen was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Senate) on December 3, 2021, and worked closely with The Honourable Mark Holland, who served as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons from October 26, 2021 to July 26, 2023.
According to the release, Gerretsen looks forward to close collaboration with The Honourable Karina Gould, who was appointed the new Leader of the Government in the House of Commons on July 26, 2023. Building on his experience, Gerretsen said he will work to ensure that transparency and accountability underlie proceedings in the House of Commons.
“The day-to-day business in the House of Commons is critical to effective and accountable Government,” Gerretsen stated. “I look forward to continued engagement with my House of Commons colleagues to ensure that the important legislation that Canadians are counting on sees its way through the deliberative process of becoming law.”