Conservative Cabinet Panel

We look at the challenges Prime Minister Stephen Harper faces as he puts together a new cabinet, as well as who is likely to be in the cabinet and what that suggests about how Prime Minister Harper will govern with his first majority. 

Part One of The Current


It's Monday, May 9th.

Despite allegations of irregularities in her nomination papers Quebec New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, who grabbed headlines for going to Vegas during the election campaign, has been cleared to sit in Parliament.

Currently, upon hearing the news, Brosseau pumped her fist in the air and shouted "I'm going to Disneyland!"

This is The Current.

Conservative Cabinet - Panel

We started this segment with a clip from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Communications Director, Dimitri Soudas. Prime Minister Harper says he hopes to open a new session of Parliament by the end of May or early June which leaves just a few short weeks to put together a new cabinet.

Several key ministers didn't run in this election ... others were defeated ... there are a number of new faces who could be up for consideration and the make-up of the new cabinet could reveal a lot about how Mr. Harper intends to govern with his first majority.

Stockwell Day is one of the veteran cabinet ministers who did not run in this election. He's the out-going President of the Treasury Board and he was in Edmonton. Lisa Samson is a Managing Partner at Strategy Corp and has worked as a strategist on past Conservative campaigns. She was in Ottawa. And Richard Brennan is a National Affairs Writer with the Toronto Star. He was in Toronto.

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