Local MP Blake Richards has been named to the Official Opposition's shadow cabinet by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

The Banff-Airdrie MP will serve as the shadow cabinet minister for Tourism and Western Diversification.  Richards has held the Tourism portfolio since 2015, but, in the last parliament, was also the critic for Small Business, Export Promotion, and Democratic Institutions.

Richards said he's looking forward to taking on Western Diversification for the first time.

"These new roles will give me another opportunity to fight for fairness for Alberta and to hold this Liberal government to account. It’s time for the Liberals to start hearing and listening to Alberta’s concerns. They can start by listening to the MPs who Albertans duly elected. As your representative and shadow cabinet minister, I will do just that."

“During the election, Albertans and Canadians everywhere made it clear that Canada is only strong when Alberta is strong. I am resolved to fighting for the interests of our province, and educating Canadians about the importance of this message." 

Richards said tourism is extremely important to the Banff-Airdrie riding, and he's pleased to keep that post.

"Tourism is a vital part of life in Canada, and our tourism community is truly one-of-a-kind. I am proud to stand up for this dynamic and growing industry and community and to continue our work together."

The shadow cabinet is made up of members of the main opposition party and is responsible for holding the government accountable as well as developing the Conservative Party's policy positions.