Nfld. & Labrador

Rob Moore aims to perform well as N.L. cabinet rep

New Brunswick MP Rob Moore admits he's a bit of an unknown in Newfoundland and Labrador, whose citizens he will now represent in the federal cabinet.
Rob Moore is seen being sworn in Monday as a federal cabinet representative during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

New Brunswick MP Rob Moore admits he's a bit of an unknown in Newfoundland and Labrador, whose citizens he will now represent at the federal cabinet table.

Moore was appointed Monday as the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Apart from representing New Brunswick, Moore also took over the responsibility from Justice Minister Peter MacKay as the representative for Newfoundland and Labrador. MacKay picked up that role in the spring when Peter Penashue was defeated in the Labrador byelection.

Moore, who was born in Gander before his family relocated to New Brunswick, told CBC News he is keen to meet citizens' expectations.

"Being that person, to be a representative at the cabinet table and also to ensure that federal funding and federal programs are being administered within that province, is a role that I'm looking forward to," Moore said.

"I think the first thing to do is to have a dialogue with the province on what their priorities are and working together to achieve things for the benefit of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador," he said.

Penashue represented the province after he won an upset in the 2011 election, becoming the first Conservative MP from Newfoundland and Labrador since 2008. During that period, MacKay doubled up in cabinet, representing his own province of Nova Scotia as well as N.L.

Moore, 39, a lawyer by profession, was first elected to Parliament in 2004.

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