Parliamentary secretary shuffle coming before House returns, insiders predict big changes


PMO says 'there will be an update on parliamentary secretaries' before Jan. 30. Sources say as many as 10 new faces could be shuffled in.


Trudeau willing to make tough decisions to achieve his agenda, but former Grit party leader Dion treated ‘disrespectfully’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at last week's swearing-in ceremony, booted former Foreign Affairs minister Stéphane Dion from cabinet last week. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


'It appears that having past cabinet experience is a liability in the Trudeau government,' said one former cabinet minister.

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• C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading) • C-7, An Act to Amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, and others (consideration of amendments made by the Senate) • C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (second reading)

The Week Ahead In Parliament

The House is adjourned until Jan. 30, 2017. The House is scheduled to sit weekdays for four straight weeks until Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, before taking a constituency week. The House sits again Monday, March 6-10; it breaks for a week; returns March 20 for a week; breaks March 27-31; it resumes sitting April 3-14; breaks for two weeks, April 17-April 28; returns Monday, May 1 and sits for two weeks; breaks May 15 to May 26; returns May 29 and is scheduled to sit weekdays for four straight weeks until June 23. The Senate is scheduled to adjourn on Dec. 23, and will return on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

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Governor General David Johnston, new Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall on January 10 during the swearing-in ceremonies for the ministers involved in a significant cabinet shuffle. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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Parliamentary Calendar

Monday , January 16 , 2017

The Ontario Council for International Co-operation is hosting data illustration expert Ann K. Emery for a free three-part capacity-building webinar series designed to improve international development groups’ ability to demonstrate impact. The series covers simple Excel tools for data analysis, data visualization planning, and design principles for reports, social media, dashboards, and more. Open to all. Of particular interest to monitoring and evaluation practitioners and development professionals. Space is limited and registration is required. Part 1: Data Visualization, Mon., Jan. 16, 12-1:30 p.m. Register via

Monday , January 16 , 2017

The House resumes sitting on Mon., Jan. 30, after a six-week break. It’s scheduled to sit from Jan. 30 to Feb. 24. It breaks for one week, Feb. 27 to March 3, and returns March 6 to 10. It breaks for one week, March 13 to 17, and returns for one week, March 20 to 24.

Monday , January 16 , 2017

Ontario Associate Minister of Education, Early Years, and Child Care Indira Naidoo-Harris will host a public engagement session on child care. The discussion will focus on how to build a high-quality child-care and early-years system that is more accessible, affordable, and flexible. The government wants to hear from expectant parents, as well as parents and guardians with children under 12 years of age with ideas that will help meet this goal. Mon., Jan. 16. 7-9 p.m. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa. Light refreshments will be served and child minding will be available on site. No registration is required. For more information, visit

Tuesday , January 17 , 2017

The third party-sanctioned debate will be held on Jan. 17 in Quebec City, and will be a French debate. Debates will be streamed live online for all party members and all Canadians to see. All debates are open to Conservative Party members to attend. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.

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