As Congress reopens, newcomers to the Cabinet may be all new

News analysis

With the reopening of Parliament on 22 November, the Liberal Party is aiming to pass a number of bills, and the 44th Federal Parliament is not much different in composition from the previous Parliament, but to new ministers and Conservative leaders. Due to pressure, some interesting dynamics between the two rival parties.

NS Liberal Party Platform He promised to introduce or reintroduce various new laws within 100 days of taking office. One new law provides 10 days of paid sick leave for all federally regulated workers. Among those introduced in the previous parliament but not passing the law, the promised laws are:

  • Broadcast changes to ensure that foreign web giants contribute to the creation and promotion of Canadian stories and music.
  • Requirements for a digital platform that publishes news to share revenue with the Canadian press.
  • A law to strengthen French within the Canadian Supreme Court and companies under federal jurisdiction.
  • Prohibition of conversion therapy for people of all ages;
  • Laws to deal with harmful online content.When
  • Minimization or elimination of some mandatory minimum sentences.

Minority government

Don Desselud, a professor of political science at the University of Prince Edward Island, said the liberals are in the same minority situation as when they were first reduced to a minority, so this time there is a reason to change their policy approach over 2019. It says that there are few. Year.

“It will be interesting to see how the new cabinet works for the first few moments. But when new ministers learn a new portfolio until they get the foot of the ocean, there are normal mistakes and mistakes. Other than that, I think the policy direction is pretty much the same as we’ve seen before, “Desselud told The Epoch Times.

Nelson Wiseman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto, has a similar view. “I think Congress is actually very similar to the last Congress that frustrated the Liberal Party,” he said in an interview.

Trudeau states that Trudeau uses his father Pierre Trudeau’s “old gunman approach” and dares to doubt that opposition will dismiss his minority regime.

“I don’t think you’ll see it because I think his own party will pull him back. The situation may have been catastrophic, noting that they had evaded the bullet last time.”

Trudeau has a recent example of how former Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his minority government work, he says.

“Harper wrote a new playbook for running a minority government. He worked very well saying that basically no one-party support was needed. Basically several different parties on different issues. You can get support from, “Desseld said.

“He will play against each other in a way, so I think it will be a little more dynamic.”

Opposition challenger

Tories have warned that the Liberal Party could coalition with the NDP for the reopening of parliament, but NDP leader Jagmate Singh has no arrangements between his party and the Liberal Party. I affirm.

Nonetheless, Mr Singh said he was willing to accept talks and cooperation with the Liberal Party to make Congress work. The Liberal Party will also get Bloc Québécois’ support for the specific bill they want to pass.

According to Wiseman, the minority liberals have stagnated demands for further disclosure of what happened at Winnipeg’s High Security Institute, which was the subject of the RCMP attack, and parliamentary proceedings that are not considered in favor of the opposition. You will face challenges from the opposition, such as efforts to make them. ..

The Conservatives are also focused on criticizing the Liberal Party for affordability and economic issues. Outur is the new Shadow Cabinet, restoring MP Pierre Poirievre to a financial file.

At a press conference On November 14, a week before the King’s speech, Poirievre accused Liberal Party spending of producing 4.4% of Canada’s inflation rate, the highest since Jean Chrétien’s Liberal Party administration 18 years ago.

Deselud also states that conservative leader Erin O’Toole is “siege” and must prove himself by “continuing to attack” the governing Liberal Party.

On November 15, Conservative Senator Dennis Batters launched a petition calling for a review of leadership and criticizing Outur’s position on Conservative policy. Outur expelled the batter from the caucuses on November 16.

“We really need to show that he’s a man, and one way to do that is to speak very aggressively to the opposition,” said Deselud.

“He tries to drive a wedge. He tries to confuse the NDP by saying:” Look at what you’re doing, you’re supporting this government. You’re yourself Sell ​​yourself, health care, sell out your principles, and do that, or vice versa, “your tail is waving a dog,” the liberals sleep with the NDP. Or benefit from NDP. “

Lee Harding


Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist and think tank researcher and contributor to The Epoch Times.

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