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Ten new MPs to watch  

[PoliticsWatch updated 6:10 p.m. January 27, 2006]

Conservative Lawrence Cannon is touted as a possible deputy PM. 

When MPs return to Ottawa some time in the next few weeks there will 67 new faces on Parliament Hill. 

Stephen Harper likes to say Canada has voted for change and his party leads the way with 37 new faces.

The NDP has elected 12 new MPs, followed by the Bloc with 10 and even the Liberals will have seven rookies. 

Add to that Independent MP Andre Arthur and the new Parliament already promises to be interesting. 

PoliticsWatch has compiled a list of the 10 new MPs to watch. 

1. Lawrence Cannon (Conservative)  -- Pontiac

The Conservatives made a major breakthrough in Quebec winning 10 seats. The most high-profile of the candidates was Lawrence Cannon, who won the West Quebec riding of Pontiac. 

Cannon has been deputy chief of staff to Harper since September and is being touted in the media as Harper's pick for deputy prime minister. 

Cannon is a former Liberal member of the Quebec National Assembly from 1985 to 1994 and served as a cabinet minister in Robert Bourassa's government. 

Cannon has also been a city councillor in Gatineau and was recently senior consultant at the government relations firm GPC. 

He may not become deputy PM but with his extensive political and business experience, Cannon is a lock for a senior cabinet post in Harper's government.

Cannon holds a political science degree from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in business administration from Université Laval.

Liberal MP-elect  and leadership hopeful Michael Ignatieff. 

2. Michael Ignatieff  (Liberal) -- Etobicoke Lakeshore

Who is Michael Ignatieff? And why is there so much hype surrounding this political novice?

Ignatieff, 58, is a prominent Canadian academic, who had held teaching positions at  Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, the University of California, the University of London and the London School of Economics. He also an award winning author.

He was the keynote speaker at the 2005 Liberal policy convention. 

Although he denies leadership ambitions, Ignatieff is said to be the favoured candidate of many Toronto Liberal powerbrokers. 

Ignatieff received a degree in History at the University of Toronto and a doctorate at Harvard University. 

3. Jim Flaherty (Conservative) -- Whitby Oshawa

A lawyer for 20 years before entering provincial politics, Flaherty is a shoo-in for Harper's cabinet. 

Flaherty was a prominent member of the Ontario PC government of Mike Harris and held key positions, including finance minister, deputy premier, and attorney general.

He is rumoured to be a possible contender for finance minister in a Harper government. 

Flaherty graduated from Princeton University cum laude and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Olivia Chow is headed to Ottawa  

4. Olivia Chow (NDP) -- Trinity Spadina

Olivia Chow has been a popular city councillor in Toronto since 1991. 

Chow immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong as a teenager.

She defeated Liberal cabinet minister Tony Ianno in the Trinity Spadina in the 2006 election, after finishing second in 2004 and 2000.

She is one of three NDP MPs now representing Toronto in Ottawa. 

Chow, 48, is married to NDP Leader Jack Layton, making them the second husband-and-wife team on Parliament Hill.

She has an Honours BA in fine art from the University of Guelph. 

5. Garth Turner (Conservative) -- Halton

Fifteen years ago, Garth Turner was among the dozens of Conservatives who were defeated when the Chretien Liberals came to power. 

At the time he was Revenue Minister in the Campbell government. 

Turner is returning to Parliament after Monday's election victory and is among the names rumoured to be in a Harper cabinet. 

Since being out of politics, Turner has had a successful career as a business and financial author and television host.

Turner attended the University of Toronto, and received BA Honours in English Literature.

6. John Baird (Conservative) -- Ottawa West Nepean

Like Jim Flaherty, Baird is another long-time member of the Ontario provincial Conservative caucus. 

He served as Community and Social Services minister and government House leader. 

Baird's experience in the Harris and Eves governments also makes him a strong contender for Harper's cabinet. 

He has a bachelors in political science from Queens University.  

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe with BQ MP elect Vivian Barbot.  

7. Vivian Barbot (Bloc) -- Papineau

Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew was defeated on election night by Bloc candidate Vivian Barbot. 

Barbot's victory is a another sign that the Bloc Quebecois is growing in popularity with ethnic groups across the province. 

She was born in Haiti and is the former president of the Quebec Federation of Women. 

Barbot has a Masters in Intercultural Education from the Université de Sherbrooke.

8. Josee Verner (Conservative) -- Louis Saint Laurent

Verner was the only Conservative candidate to finish second in a Quebec riding in the 2004 election campaign and Harper decided to make an investment in her. She was brought to Ottawa to serve as critic and to head the party's Quebec caucus. 

It may have paid off as Verner won easily in Monday's federal election with 57 per cent of the vote in her riding. 

Verner once worked for Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa and was once an organizer for the Action Democratique Party. 

She is expected to be in Harper's cabinet.

9. Paul Dewar (NDP) -- Ottawa Centre

Dewar held former NDP leader Ed Broadbent's seat in Ottawa Centre in the 2006 election. 

He is an elementary school teacher who is a community activist and son of former Ottawa mayor Marian Dewar. 

Dewar has a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston.

10. Tina Keeper (Liberal) Churchill

North of 60 star Tina Keeper won the northern Manitoba riding of Churchill after defeating former NDP MP Bev Desjarlais. 

Keeper is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and was one of four aboriginals elected to the House in 2006 -- all were Liberals.

Outside of acting, Keeper was also involved in a number of causes, including aboriginal suicide prevention. 

She has a degree in theatre and history from the University of Winnipeg.

Honourable Mention

Andre Arthur (Independent) Portneuf Jacques Cartier
Maxime Bernier (Conservative) Beauce
Peggy Nash (NDP) Parkdale High Park
Tony Clement (Conservative) Parry Sound Muskoka 

Other New MPs

Conservative

Atlantic Canada
Fabian Manning -- Avalon
Mike Allan -- Tobiac Mactaquac

Quebec

Sylvie Boucher -- Beauport--Limoilou
Daniel Petit -- Charlesbourg--Haute-Saint-Charles
Jean-Pierre Blackburn -- Jonquierre Alma
Steven Blaney -- Lévis--Bellechasse
Jacques Gourde -- Lotbinière--Chutes-de-la-Chaudière
Luc Harvey -- Louis Hebert
Christian Paradis -- Megantic L'Erable

Ontario

David Sweet -- Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale
Patrick Brown -- Barrie
Mike Wallace -- Burlington
Dave Van Kesteren -- Chatham Kent Essex
Pierre Lemieux -- Glengarry Prescott Russell
Harold Albrecht -- Kitchener Conestoga
Bev Shipley -- Lambton Kent Middlesex
Rick Norlock -- Northumberland Quinte West
Royal Galipeau -- Ottawa Orleans
Dean Del Mastro -- Peterborough
Pat Davidson -- Sarnia-Lambton
Bruce Stanton -- Simcoe North
Rick Dykstra -- St. Catharines

Manitoba

Rod Bruinooge -- Winnipeg South

Alberta

Laurie Hawn -- Edmonton Centre
Mike Lake -- Edmonton Mill Woods Beaumont
Christopher Warkentin  -- Peace River
Brian Storseth -- Westlock--St. Paul 
Blaine Calkins -- Wetaskiwin 

B.C

Edward Fast -- Abbotsford 
Ronald Cannan -- Kelowna--Lake Country 
Colin Mayes -- Okanagan--Shuswap 

NDP 

Ontario

Wayne Marston -- Hamilton East Stoney Creek
Chris Charlton -- Hamilton Mountain
Irene Mathyssen -- London Fanshawe

B.C.

Alex Atamanenko -- British Columbia Southern Interior 
Dawn Black -- New Westminster Coquitlam
Penny Priddy -- Surrey North
Catherine Bell -- Vancouver Island North
Denise Savoie -- Victoria

North

Dennis Bevington -- Western Arctic

Bloc

Maria Mourani -- Ahuntsic
Claude De Bellefeuille -- Beauharnois Salaberry
Christian Ouellet -- Brome Missisquoi
Marcel Lussier -- Brossard La Prairie
Carole Freeman -- Chateauguay Saint Constant
Richard Nadeau -- Gatineau
Thierry St-Cyr -- Jeanne Le Ber
Jean-Yves Laforest -- Saint Maurice -- Champlain
Luc Malo -- Vercheres Les Patriotes

Liberal 

Ontario

Omar Alghabra - Mississauga Erindale

Saskatchewan

Gary Merasty -- Desnethé--Missinippi--Churchill River

B.C

Sukh Dhaliwal -- Newton North Delta
Blair Wilson -- West Vancouver--Sunshine Coast--Sea to Sky Country 

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