Ruth Ellen Brosseau
May 16, 2011 by staff
Ruth Ellen Brosseau, With the election behind them strongly, elected politicians and rookie back in Canada are shifting their focus back to Ottawa. The National Post has a look ahead at the federal policy agenda for next week.
After being delivered to their long-coveted majority mandate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to unveil his cabinet next week. The Conservatives lost four ministers on May 2, three of them to sweep the NDP in Quebec to a historic win for Green Party leader Elizabeth May in British Columbia. With the pending retirement Transport Minister Chuck Strahl and Treasury Board president, Stockwell Day, Mr.
Harper, having at least a half dozen key positions to fill the Treasury Board and the Chief of Foreign Affairs between them. Not expected to shake things up beyond the six seats, although at some point will have to meet the new regional dynamic, huge gains in Ontario, several trucks in Atlantic Canada and the losses in Quebec. Mr. Harper also faces the difficult task of juggling the expectations of loyal members, caucuses long time looking for promotions with his desire to appoint the members of rookie star resumes.
Beyond that, you have to correct the gender balance in appointing and promoting more women. With new faces comes a need for training, and the party will continue to prepare its 70 or more deputies for their debut parliamentary novices. New members will rotate in and out of Ottawa, meeting with officials of House of Commons for the orientation sessions.
Party Whip Yvon Godin said that new members will be paired with parliamentarians to higher education, which is likely to be reported on the proceedings from Wikipedia, the structure of the party and beyond. As evidenced by the experience of Ruth Ellen Brosseau, pictured 27-year-old elected member who made headlines for her mid-season trip to Las Vegas French lessons of work are clearly visible, too. The expansion of the NDP caucus also means hiring a lot of employees to assist parliamentarians in Ottawa and offices in their riding. About 300 jobs are at stake, and the party has said the listings were posted on the website of the NDP for the next week. The party has no plans to meet in a caucus meeting next week.
As liberals they embark on their quest to rebuild the party, the caucus will vote for the man or woman they believe is best suited for a temporary address that could last up to two years. On Wednesday, the party’s national council will “formally consult” with the re-elected 34 deputies and 46 senators, according to guidelines released to the Liberal members and senators last week. The guidelines, said the interim leader should be bilingual, and promise not to seek the permanent leadership and “not participate in any discussions or negotiations that require any fundamental change or material nature or structure of the party” as a liberal- PND-merger without approval from delegates at a party convention.
Several names have been circulated among them Bob Rae, who has the backing of former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and Marc Garneau, a Montreal-area MP and the first Canadian in space, who recently told his colleagues who are looking position with no aspirations of becoming a permanent leader. The appointment is next Thursday, according to the guidelines of the national board.
Canadian officials, no doubt, pay attention to a U.S. congressional hearing next week as the Senate committee examining the need to strengthen security along the border.
The Canada-US border was under control for several months before the federal election, after Mr. Harper and President Barack Obama announced his plan to coordinate more closely on border security, including increased cooperation among border agencies informationsharing increased among intelligence officials.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was in Washington this week for the 41 st Conference on the Americas Washington, where he called for cooperation with the U.S. “. Essential” In his campaign platform, the Conservative Party, said: “We will not replace or remove the border, but where possible we will accelerate and decongest the same.”
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