Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose party won a surprising 184-seat majority government on Oct. 19 mostly by running a positive, hopeful election campaign, promises to transform this new 42nd Parliament and the way it works. These are sweeping democratic reforms. He wants to give more power to backbenchers, open up the powerful and secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy, cut down on partisanship, bring back civility, make the government more accountable, make the House more family friendly, and create a more independent Senate. Mr. Trudeau also wants to set aside one Question Period every week so MPs can question the Prime Minister, similar to the British Parliament. These are all welcome initiatives and, if implemented, will go a long way to make Parliament more meaningful and relevant. He’s aiming to bring his “sunny ways” to Parliament Hill. Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc told The Canadian Press last week that he wants to get things going fairly quickly and wants some of the changes to go into effect in late January when the House returns. The Procedure and House Affairs Committee will be reconstituted and will make recommendations to get the reforms through quickly. “I really want to be governed by what they think will work and we don’t have a rigid idea, other than what we think to be the U.K. precedent,” Mr. LeBlanc told CP. “But if we wanted to adapt it to the Canadian Parliament, we’d be open to looking at that.” The House Affairs Committee will look at ways to change the House’s sitting hours, do away with Friday sittings, and hold votes earlier in the day. As well, House committees will elect their own chairs and vice-chairs. Mr. LeBlanc also told CP that the government wants to boost the financing and staff resources of all House committees so they can be more effective. “Everybody seems to want to begin this new Parliament in a more collegial, respectful, constructive tone than perhaps the last one ended on,” he said. “My hope is it can last a good chunk of time.” Prime Minister Trudeau will also have to deal with the Senate, where the Conservatives hold a majority and there are 22 vacant seats. Mr. Trudeau has promised to set up a non-partisan advisory board to appoint Senators. Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef is responsible for leading this, but the Liberals still have to get their bills through the Senate and Mr. LeBlanc told CP that he’s hoping Senators will change their own rules to reflect an Upper House “structured less along partisan lines.” But Mr. LeBlanc told CP he has been encouraged by talks he’s had so far with Conservative Senate Leader Claude Carignan and Senate Liberal Caucus Leader James Cowan and is encouraging Senators to fulfill their roles in scrutinizing government bills. “You’ve got this whole swath of new, excited, idealistic world changers and they’re going to collide with the system,” former Liberal MP Joe Jordan told The Hill Times in last week’s issue. This new 42nd Parliament promises to usher in major changes to how it works, which is long overdue. It’s time for MPs to embrace and lead these changes.