This Wednesday, interim Liberal Party leader Bob Rae announced his party’s 28-member shadow cabinet, formed from both returning and his newest members of parliament.
Kingston & the Islands MP, Ted Hsu, was named the Liberal Critic for Science & Technology, and for the Federal Economic Development Agency of both Southern and Northern Ontario.
Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown and the only other newly elected Liberal, was designated as Veterans Affairs and Associate Justice Critic
Addressing these two appointments, Bob Rae says “We’ve got a team of very experienced people and two very talented and bright new MPs.”
According to the recently released House of Commons seating plan [CBC pdf], Ted Hsu and Sean Casey are situated beside the four members of the decimated Bloc Party. Elizabeth May, sole member and leader of the Green Party, is located on the opposite side of the Bloc in the corner seat of the House.
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Ted Hsu grew up in Kingston where he graduated from Queen’s University and then earned a PHD in Physics at Princeton University.
He is a former physicist and Morgan Stanley financial manager, and most recently held the position of Executive Director of SWITCH, a Kingston not-for-profit sustainable energy association.
He was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston & the Islands on May 2, when he increased the number of Liberal votes as well as being chosen by a higher percentage of total voters compared to the previous federal election.