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Time is now for the House to work together on new ways to tackle the country’s biggest issues

By Matt Henderson and Daniel Komesch      

Canada faces uncertain times. Cross-party, pan-Canadian collaboration on big issues like innovation and workforce development is going to be essential to our future success.

Prior to announcing his cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down colleagues, clockwise from left, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Green Parliamentary Caucus Leader Elizabeth May, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Significant cross-party collaboration will be needed to make the 43rd Parliament work, write Matt Henderson and Daniel Komesch. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Parliament resumes sitting soon and with a minority government, the 43rd Parliament promises to be a bumpy ride. This parliamentary session has the added burden of regional polarization, with western alienation at a boiling point in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and a revived Bloc Québécois in the east. Add these challenges to slow growth, declining business investment, and regional friction on climate change—and hang on, Canada.

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