London MP Gets A Big Promotion

Photo of Ed Holder being sworn in as Minister of State (Science and Technology) on March 19, 2014. Photo from Stephen Harper's (@pmharper) Twitter account.

London’s Conservative MP for the riding of London-West is getting bumped from the backbench to the Cabinet table.

Ed Holder was sworn in Wednesday morning as a Minister of State (Science and Technology).

The position was left open by Kenora’s Greg Rickford, who was made Minister of Natural Resources. That role was left empty Wednesday morning when the Harper government announced Joe Oliver would be named as Jim Flaherty’s replacement as Canada’s newest Finance Minister.

Holder released a statement Wednesday afternoon. It read:

“As the Member of Parliament for London West, I am honoured by Prime Minister Harper’s confidence in me to serve as Minister of State (Science and Technology). I look forward to continuing to serve my constituents, while fostering strong relationships with Canada’s world leading universities, colleges, polytechnics and research institutions.

I have always believed that investments in science and research create good jobs and drive economic growth. Science, research and development pushes the frontiers of knowledge, creates quality jobs, and improves the quality of life for all Canadians.

That is why I am proud that under the Harper Government, Canada leads the G-7 in support for research at post-secondary institutions. Our government will continue our support for Canada’s science, technology and research sectors, while focusing on moving ideas, products and services from the laboratory to the marketplace faster. “

Holder was elected as the MP for London-West in 2008, and again in 2011.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted a photo of Holder’s swearing in on Wednesday morning: