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
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
Cannon is a former Liberal member of the Quebec National Assembly
from 1985 to 1994 and served as a cabinet minister in Robert
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
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
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
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
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
She is one of three NDP MPs now representing Toronto in
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
At the time he was Revenue Minister in the Campbell
Turner is returning to Parliament after Monday's election
victory and is among the names rumoured to be in a Harper
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
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
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
|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
10. Tina Keeper (Liberal) Churchill
North of 60 star Tina Keeper won the northern
Manitoba riding of Churchill after defeating former NDP MP Bev
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.
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
Fabian Manning -- Avalon
Mike Allan -- Tobiac Mactaquac
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
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
Rod Bruinooge -- Winnipeg South
Laurie Hawn -- Edmonton Centre
Mike Lake -- Edmonton Mill Woods Beaumont
Christopher Warkentin -- Peace River
Brian Storseth -- Westlock--St. Paul
Blaine Calkins -- Wetaskiwin
Edward Fast -- Abbotsford
Ronald Cannan -- Kelowna--Lake Country
Colin Mayes -- Okanagan--Shuswap
Wayne Marston -- Hamilton East Stoney Creek
Chris Charlton -- Hamilton Mountain
Irene Mathyssen -- London Fanshawe
Alex Atamanenko -- British Columbia Southern Interior
Dawn Black -- New Westminster Coquitlam
Penny Priddy -- Surrey North
Catherine Bell -- Vancouver Island North
Denise Savoie -- Victoria
Dennis Bevington -- Western Arctic
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
Omar Alghabra - Mississauga Erindale
Gary Merasty -- Desnethé--Missinippi--Churchill River
Sukh Dhaliwal -- Newton North Delta
Blair Wilson -- West Vancouver--Sunshine Coast--Sea to Sky Country
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