Gladu gets new job in Conservative shadow cabinet; auto parts officials ask ‘Is anyone in charge over there?’

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Sarnia Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu and Portage—Lisgar MP Candice Bergen, who became the Conservative's interim leader, pose for a photo with some of the protestors.

Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu is back in the Conservative Party’s shadow cabinet. And not everyone is happy about it.

Gladu has been named Associate Shadow Minister for International Trade and Supply Chains by Interim Leader Candice Bergen.

Gladu has played a role in the CPC’s shadow cabinet on and off throughout her time as an MP. However, Former Leader Erin O’Toole left her off the list the last time around after she organized a Civil Liberties Caucus to voice concerns about the rights of unvaccinated Canadians.

Bergen returned her to the shadow cabinet Tuesday.

Bergen and Gladu were recently pictured together having dinner with people participating in the so-called Freedom Convoy on the weekend hundreds of trucks pulled up to Parliament Hill and parked on the streets. Police from Ottawa, the OPP, Quebec and the RCMP cleared the demonstrators out over the weekend after the resignation of the Ottawa Police Chief and the Prime Minister invoking the Emergency Act – a move the CPC opposed.

Not everyone is happy with Gladu’s appointment. “The CPC just named Marilyn Gladu shadow minister for International Trade and Supply chains “to proactively work with sectors that affect our economy.” Literally an MP who publicly supported blockaders and doing her own research on vaccines. Is anyone in charge over there?” wrote Flavio Volpe, the head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association.

The association went to court to get an injunction to clear protesters from the Ambassador Bridge one week before the Ottawa blockade was dismantled.

“You can not play cute on lawless blockades and then be a credible voice on trade over border access points,” he says.

“Supply chain vulnerabilities are dealt with serious conversation and contemplation of pandemic realities, not by denying them.”

Gladu did speak out about the blockage of the border saying telling The Independent she did not want to see a repeat of what happened at The Ambassador Bridge happen in Sarnia.