PM shows faith in Sault MP

March 22, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and Sault MP Terry Sheehan, in this 2016 file photo.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced changes to his team of parliamentary secretaries.

Some of the parliamentary secretaries are newly appointed, taking on new responsibilities, others are staying in their current portfolio.

Notably, Sault Ste. Marie member of parliament Terry Sheehan has been given a vote of confidence, as he has retained his position as parliamentary secretary to the minister of economic development and official Languages (FedNor.)

“I am deeply honoured by the trust Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has placed in me by re-appointing me as the parliamentary secretary to the minister of economic development and official languages,” Sheehan began.

“I look forward to continuing my work with minister Melanie Joly in supporting businesses, workers, organizations, and communities across northern Ontario. Through our regional relief and recovery fund, FedNor has invested more than $71 million in support of nearly 1,000 small businesses and organizations which have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sheehan added.

Over the past year, parliamentary secretaries have worked closely with their respective Liberal government cabinet ministers to support Canada’s ongoing COVID-19 response — from securing vaccines to helping Canadians pay their bills and put food on the table, and ensuring businesses keep their doors open.


  • In 2020 FedNor support more than 7,300 jobs in northern Ontario. Guided by the federal Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario and armed with a solid mandate of growing an innovative economy and creating jobs, FedNor invested more than $122 million over the last year in 294 strategic initiatives led by local businesses, organizations and communities.
  • In 2021, FedNor is well positioned to continue to respond to Northern Ontario’s needs with a array of strategic and well-funded programming. Businesses, communities and organizations are invited to contact FedNor or visit its website to find out how, together, we can strengthen and grow the region’s economy.
  • Parliamentary secretaries are chosen by the Prime Minister to assist ministers.They are an important link between Ministers and Parliament, working closely with their colleagues to deliver results that benefit Canadians. They also help advance government legislation, engage directly with Canadians on key government initiatives, and represent the government at home and on the international stage.
  • The Guide for Parliamentary Secretaries was released publicly for the first time in January 2016. It provides them with key information about their role and responsibilities within Canada’s system of responsible parliamentary government, and outlines the rules and policies that relate to their work as parliamentary secretaries

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