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What to watch this parliamentary sitting

By Tim Powers      

The last pre-election budget, a contested environmental assessment bill, and the Burnaby South byelection are all on politicos’ radars.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters next to the portrait of his father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, before Question Period on Jan. 28, in the House’s new home in West Block. The PM started off Day 1 of the winter sitting on the defensive after he fired his ambassador to China the weekend before. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Parliamentarians have returned to Ottawa for their last sitting prior to this year’s federal election. The theatrics of what happens in the House of Commons are often overstated when trying to analyze what election outcomes might look like. For example, just before the last election then-NDP leader Tom Mulcair was seen as a master of the House and Justin Trudeau a minnow. The minnow became prime minister and the master a political pundit.

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