Back to the Benches

Parliament returned for the fall session on Monday and MPs are back to work after an almost three month hiatus.  I suspect this will be an interesting, but heated, session, as we are just over thirteen months away from the next general election and the parties are all in pre-campaign mode. The heated rhetoric aside, I believe that international matters and foreign affairs will be more prominent in this session than any I have experienced in my six years as a Member of Parliament. In fact two emergency debates on matters outside of Canada have already been ordered by Speaker Andrew Scheer.  On Monday evening, an emergency debate on the Ebola Crisis occurred and on Tuesday Members of Parliament debated the ISIS Crisis in Iraq and Syria and Canada’s potential involvement. Yesterday, Ukrainian President Poroshenko addressed a special joint session of Parliament and thanked Canada for its support and friendship,…