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article imageCanadian Parliament returns in June, PM chooses cabinet this week

By Andrew Moran     May 17, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - After winning a majority government earlier this month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially announced the return of Members of Parliament. The 41st Parliament will come back to Ottawa on June 2.
It is expected that the Canadian Prime Minister will fill in his cabinet this week, possibly as early as Wednesday. Harper, who is usually cautious in his decision making, will choose ministers for six positions, including Canada’s public service and foreign affairs, reports the Globe and Mail.
Although there is a large number of newly elected Conservative Members of Parliament, the Prime Minister attempts to represent all 10 provinces and the three territories in his cabinet.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Courtesy Conservative Party of Canada
Some of the names thrown around include Eglinton-Lawrence MP Joe Oliver, who defeated Joe Volpe in Toronto, Ajax-Pickering MP Chris Alexander, a former Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Peter Penashue, the only Conservative elected in Newfoundland and Labrador and is an Innu leader.
According to a news release, Harper announced Monday that MPs will be returning to the House of Commons on June 2. Parliament will elect its first Speaker as its first order of business in a swift session.
On the following day, the first session of the 41st Parliament will have the Governor General in the Senate read the Speech from the Throne – a prepared speech that is read to highlight the upcoming agenda.
Official Opposition party Leader Jack Layton speaking during speech in Toronto.
Official Opposition party Leader Jack Layton speaking during speech in Toronto.
“Canada is emerging from the global recession as one of the top-performing advanced economies in the world, but the recovery remains fragile and Canadians continue to worry about their jobs and economic future,” said Harper.
“Our strong, stable, national Government will implement our low-tax plan for jobs and growth – one that strengthens the financial security of Canadian workers, seniors and families and lays the foundation for our long-term economic prosperity.”
One of the measures in the agenda will be to pass the 2011 federal budget before the Parliament respites for the summer break.
This will be a historic 41st Parliament as Jack Layton’s New Democrats become the official Opposition party. Meanwhile, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will represent the party with the only seat in the House of Commons. The Liberal Party holds onto a record low 34 seats and the Bloc Quebecois was subjected to only four seats in last month’s election.
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