Good Monday Morning. It’s been a week since the 78-day election campaign has been over and Canadians voted, resulting in a Liberal majority government. Since last Monday’s vote, politicos have been speculating about who the next Conservative Party interim leader will be, when the next race for a permanent leader will begin to replace outgoing prime minister Stephen Harper, who’s going to run in that race, who should actually run in that race, and, of course, who’s going to form the next Liberal Cabinet which will be announced on Nov. 4. On the Conservative front, former British Columbia CPC MP John Reynolds who served in the House of Commons for 14 years, told The Hill Times that he’d like to see the party elect a leader from Quebec. He noted that the Liberal Party has been able to maintain power in the country for so long because they alternate leaders from Quebec and from the rest of Canada. “I would like to see us select somebody from Quebec, someone like Maxime Bernier who is young, free enterprise thoughts,” says Mr. Reynolds in this week’s Hill Times. “I have a hard time seeing somebody from Calgary being leader of the party because Harper was from Calgary. I have no problem seeing somebody from British Columbia because we’ve never had anybody other than Kim Campbell for a blink. From my point of view, as someone who has been around for a long time, I always liked that Liberal idea of going back and forth.” And, on the Liberal Cabinet front, former Grit MP Joe Jordan, who served in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2004, says there’s “a lot of lobbying” going on for seats at the table. “It’s always difficult. I was around the PMO for a couple of these exercises and you have to ignore personal relationships. There’s probably already a lot of lobbying—soft lobbying and hard lobbying—going on by people who want in,” he says, also in this week’s Hill Times. Two of the Cabinet positions to watch will be who will be appointed to the Natural Resources and Environment portfolios as Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has signalled that the environment and energy are not mutually exclusive. Mr. Trudeau supports the Keystone XL pipeline—which would transport oil from Alberta to refineries on the U.S. gulf coast—a project he has noted as a sticking point in Canada-U.S. relations. U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed a bill in Congress that would have allowed the pipeline to go forward earlier this year. “Because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest—including our security, safety and environment—it has earned my veto,” he said. At his first press conference last week as PM-designate, Mr. Trudeau said he spoke with Mr. Obama on a number of issues including the pipeline. “I indicated to Mr. Obama that I felt it was important that Canada demonstrates a level of positive engagement on the environmental file on the international stage. I look forward to demonstrating that we have a Canadian government now that understands the way to build a strong economy is to protect and defend our environment at the same time,” he said. On other energy issues, Mr. Trudeau has opposed the Northern Gateway project and has not yet stated a position on the Energy East pipeline. Energy issues will be the hot topic at a C.D. Howe Institute luncheon roundtable today in Toronto, titled “The Agenda for Energy Policy in the New Parliament.” Panelists include Hill and Knowlton Strategies president and CEO Goldy Hyder, former Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter, and Morrison Park Advisors managing director Pelino Colaiacovo. The discussion will be moderated by former Globe and Mail editor John Stackhouse, who’s currently at RBC. The luncheon starts at noon at 67 Yonge St., Suite 300.