OTTAWA—After three weeks back in Ottawa, most Members of Parliament have fully functional offices, their staff are getting into the swing of things and everyone is adapting (or re-adjusting) to life as they straddle time on the Hill with the demands of their ridings. Newly-minted ministers, including Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, among others, are doing a lot of heavy lifting as they’ve been thrust into the limelight to stick handle major portfolios. The expectations are very high, the files complex, and to say the workload is intense would be a massive understatement.
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