Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Jan. 17, 2020, with David Morrison, his defence policy adviser, shortly before holding a press conference and an update at the National Press Theatre on the downing of Flight PS752 tragedy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The return of Parliament is more than an event in the news cycle. It’s a time to look ahead, and to thoughtfully consider the important role each branch of government will play in that future, and in the life of each individual Canadian.
Our worldview, our desire for control, and the way we get information are just three things that new MPs should consider as they orient themselves to life in Ottawa and as elected representatives. But the implications of these three forces matter to everyone who seeks to engage and connect with Canadians.
Like you, our Parliamentarians have a challenging international agenda before them. It will require working with traditional friends and those who see the world differently to us if we are to have any chance of making progress. Many people are looking to countries like ours to take a lead. We cannot disappoint them.
Our political leaders know what effects businesses affects the economic well-being of every Canadian. There is no path to a greater opportunity or to affordability for all Canadians without business growth to create and sustain good jobs.
Make friends with parliamentary support staff, fellow MPs, and Senators; develop honest relationships with media; work smart in the constituency; and evolve and respond to democratic anxiety are five (and a half) suggestions Samara executive director Kendall Anderson has for new MPs.