On December 7, 2015, Carol Hughes, who has served as the Member for Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, Ontario since 2008, was appointed Assistant Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole. Mrs. Hughes is a member of the New Democratic Party.
During the 41st Parliament, Mrs. Hughes served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, and Vice-Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Health Caucus. She was also a member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and of the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Committee. In the course of the 40th Parliament, she was a member of several committees, including the Subcommittee on Neurological Diseases of the Standing Committee on Health.
Prior to being elected to the House of Commons, Mrs. Hughes worked as a staff representative for the Canadian Labour Congress.