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Advice for government backbenchers, opposition MPs entering year two in Parliament

By Joe Jordan      

As year two approaches, last year’s new MPs are becoming the ‘pitcher of record’ and your re-election chances will be directly impacted by how well you do your job, and spending the past three months in your riding should have certainly reinforced the notion that there is a lot to do.

Rookie MPs such as Robert-Falcon Ouellette are now approaching their second years in office and expectations are rising, writes Joe Jordan. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

TTAWA—While it was certainly a great summer for the traditional BBQ circuit, I truly hope that Parliamentarians found time to get away with family and friends as this will be a critical year for all concerned and it is important to head into it well rested. For the newly elected MPs, the first year was all about logistics, setting up and staffing Hill and constituency offices, assigning areas of responsibility and developing protocols for official activities. As year

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