In what was supposed to be a period in which backbenchers and the opposition could wield more influence over the political debate, power and influence is arguably even more concentrated among a narrow cast of mostly familiar figures.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured arriving on Aug. 18, 2020, the day he prorogued Parliament and officially announced his new finance minister, Chrystia Freeland. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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For the first time in the party’s history, a Conservative member has initiated a petition to call a referendum on the party leader. But, the Conservative Party’s president has questioned the online petition’s validity.
Along with his time as House leader, the Liberal MP-elect served under the Wynne government as Ontario’s attorney general, minister of community safety and correctional services, and as labour minister.
With 34 ridings with no incumbent contesting the race and a total of 16 flipped seats, at least 44 new people are projected to join the House's class of 2021, including the first Filipina-Canadian to hold federal office.