The House

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This week on The House, it's all about what comes after the pomp and circumstance of Wednesday's swearing-in for the Trudeau government. We also look at what's next for the Conservatives with their new interim leader, and examine the fall-out of the Keystone XL rejection.
The 'family portrait' of prime minister Justin Trudeau and his newly-formed cabinet. (CBC)

This week on The House, we dive into what comes after the pomp, circumstance and ceremony at Rideau Hall.

There's a new government in power, and some tight deadlines approaching.

How will cabinet rookies handle complex portfolios like Finance, Justice and the newly renamed Environment and Climate Change?

And what about seasoned politicians now at the helm of Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration, or Public Safety?

The Minister in charge of the refugees file — and of fulfilling the Liberals' campaign pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of the year — John McCallum is here.

Then, governance expert Donald Savoie weighs in on the challenges ahead as Justin Trudeau promises to empower his new cabinet. Is 'Real Change' really possible?

There's change on the Conservative side of the House of Commons, too. How will the Conservatives' new interim leader, Rona Ambrose, approach her new job? She joins us.

Then, the end of the line for Keystone XL. What's next in the big pipeline debate? Paul Frazer,a former Canadian diplomat who specializes in Canada-US relations, is here to walk us through what President Obama's rejection means for U.S. - Canada relations.

Our In House panelists Mark Kennedy, parliamentary bureau chief for the Ottawa Citizen, and Radio-Canada's Ottawa bureau chief Emmanuelle Latraverse discuss the challenges ahead for the new government, the new leader of the Official Opposition, and the third-place NDP.