Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his new cabinet, on May 18, 2011 and has appointed the Honorable Denis Lebel, MP for Roberval-Lac-St-Jean as Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communitie and the Honorable Steven John Fletcher as Minsiter of State (Transport).
Denis Lebel was first elected to the House of Commons in 2007 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Mr. Lebel was appointed Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec in 2008.
Mr. Lebel has served on a number of parliamentary committees, as well as on the executive committees of the Canada–Europe and Canada–France parliamentary associations.
Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Lebel was Mayor of Roberval from 2000 to 2007 and was a member of the board of directors, executive board and forest committee of the Union des municipalités du Québec. He also chaired the Caucus des municipalités voisines des Premières Nations and sat on the board of directors of Infrastructure Québec.
Steven Fletcher was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Health in February 2006 and, in October 2008, he was appointed Minister of State (Democratic Reform).
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Fletcher worked as an engineer in the mining industry.
Mr. Fletcher is the first permanently disabled Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons.
He was twice elected the President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba and has played a leading role in many community organizations.
Mr. Fletcher has a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in engineering.
He lives in Winnipeg.
CBAA welcomes Ministers Lebel and Fletcher and we look forward to working with him for the betterment of business aviation in Canada.