Monday, September 30, 2013 10:49:18 EDT AM

Local MPPs Bill Walker and Lisa Thompson have been given new roles in Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s shadow cabinet.

Walker, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound’s PC MPP, is now critic for children and youth services. Thompson, Huron-Bruce’s PC MPP, takes on the critic role for small business, red tape and the Green Energy Act.

Meanwhile, veteran Simcoe-Grey PC MPP Jim Wilson stays on as the official opposition’s house leader.

Hudak, who survived a leadership challenge earlier this month, announced a major shuffle of his shadow cabinet Monday. A provincial election is expected as early as next spring.

Prior to the shuffle, Walker had served as deputy health critic for rural and northern Ontario, while Thompson had been deputy energy critic with a focus on the controversial Green Energy Act.

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