Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas is being given more responsibility by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Harper has named the local MP, whose riding includes West Kelowna, the new parliamentary secretary to Treasury Board president Tony Clement.
Elected in 2011 after holding the riding for the Conservatives following former MP Stockwell Day’s decision not to seek re-election, Albas has served on the standing committees on government operations and estimates and justice and human rights since being sent to Ottawa.
He also filled in for five months for another MP on the joint standing committee on scrutiny and regulations, a committee that deals with many of the same issues he will handle as parliamentary secretary to the Treasury Board president.
The treasury board deals with issues related to the money the federal government spends.
Albas said his appointment on Thursday, along with 11 other new parliamentary secretaries, came as a “total surprise.”
“It’s a huge honour,” said MP. “And I think it shows the importance of Okanagan-Coquihalla’s view on issues.”
Albas said while his workload will increase, he plans to continue to make his constituents his priority.
He said while he had not talked with Clement since his appointment, he is looking forward to the work he will be assigned in his new role.
One of the jobs of a parliamentary secretary is helping guide proposed legislation through the committee stage of parliament, he said, something he has experience with following his own successful shepherding of his private members bill concerning the shipment of wine between provinces for personal consumption last year.