I have been thinking about Canada’s 43rd Parliament. I’ve been thinking of this since the Prime Minister announced that the House will reconvene on Thursday December 5th when MP’s will select the Speaker of the House of Commons and deliver the throne speech. Because of his announcement there are so many questions to ponder before December 5th.
There will be questions about the party leaders, the regional divisions, the province vs Ottawa battle lines and who is going to be doing what. There is going to be a new cabinet to consider, who’s out and who stays in. On the opposition side of the aisle the considerations are just as enormous as there are key players not returning.
I fully expect to hear from the parties and the leaders and what they want out of this session. I wonder how effective the NDP be with a much smaller representation (the NDP is now fourth in the House of Commons), will the Bloc Quebecois eclipse how team orange operates and can the BQ ever think about anything else besides themselves and Quebec? The Conservatives have a much larger team, but will they be able to keep their focus on the government when everyone else (including some in the party and the House) are focused on Andrew Scheer’s hold on the CPC leadership? Does three elected Green MPs mean more from them? Finally, what will Jody Wilson-Raybould do to get under the skin of the Prime Minister this session?
Of course there will be the issues, there will be no shortage of issues to legislate and debate, but who’ll control the agenda in this minority parliament? While the last parliament was a Liberal majority, Trudeau still struggled at controlling the house and the legislative agenda. He’ll need a stronger and more congenial House Leader to quarterback Trudeau’s agenda. Bardish Chagger did not demonstrate the qualities of being approachable, accommodating and amiable to working with others, traits that are needed for a majority, – so there’s a chance she will not be asked to do it for a minority. When the Prime Minister unveils his new cabinet on November we’ll finally see how he plans to stick handle his way through this parliament.
Leading up to December 5th I’ll look at the Parties and their priorities; the People and their roles and finally the issues and expected legislation. I hope you’ll catch all three posts leading to the speech from the throne.
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