I am looking forward to getting started with the Speech from the Throne on November 19th through which our Government will set out its forthcoming agenda and objectives to the nation. Next, Minister Flaherty is expected to present an Economic Update by the end of the month.Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. A New Role in ‘Making Parliament Work’ Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented to the nation the new “Canadian Ministry”, the team he has charged with protecting Canadians in a time of increasing global economic instability. This new federal cabinet is a strong, reassuring blend of new and familiar faces, all experienced professionals with a broad range of backgrounds. The key portfolio of Finance will remain in the steady hands of cabinet veteran Jim Flaherty. This signals the strong economic focus of the new Cabinet given that our central responsibility will be to ensure that Canada’s businesses and families have the security they need to weather any global economic storm. – Advertisement -Canadians also want to draw confidence from the continuity of their Parliament. Consensus and tangible progress on critical legislative and policy matters is imperative as we navigate the country through the coming years. That is why I am so honoured that the Prime Minister asked me to take on a very pivotal role in making this 40th Parliament work when he appointed me Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. As Government House Leader, I will work closely each day with the Prime Minister, my cabinet and caucus colleagues, and the leaders, house leaders and whips of the opposition parties. These discussions and negotiations will focus on how and when we will proceed with priority legislation and debate the issues that Canadians have asked their parliamentarians to tackle. Advertisement In fact, I am humbled by the response to my appointment by my opposition counterparts who indicated publicly that they view my appointment as setting a positive tone for this upcoming parliament. While the onus is on the government to make Parliament work, the responsibility rests with all 308 Members of Parliament. Fortunately, over the past 15 years, I have fostered solid, productive relationships with MPs from all parties. Having previously served as Opposition House Leader, Opposition Whip and Government Whip, I recognize the importance of respectful and fair negotiation. In the meantime, Ministers and their departments and staff are already in the midst of intensive activity, review and analysis with the ongoing objective of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services. Canadians elected us with the expectation that we would look for savings wherever we can to ensure fiscal integrity in government through difficult economic times. As Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, I will continue working both inside and outside the House of Commons Chamber to deliver on that commitment. But by far the most valued expressions of support have come from my constituents. I am overwhelmed and humbled by the flood of emails and calls from Prince George-Peace River, from all across the country and even outside the country, including a congratulatory email from Afghanistan!
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba Didier Drogba says he is still in discussions with Montreal Impact over his future, saying a report that he had retired from playing to rejoin Chelsea as assistant to Guus Hiddink was premature.Chelsea declined to comment on a report by French sports daily L’Equipe on Wednesday night which stated Drogba was quitting playing in Major League Soccer to return to London.And the 37-year-old, who has a year to run on his contract with the Canadians, said discussions were ongoing over his future.Drogba wrote on Twitter: “Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with @impactmontreal about my future.”Montreal would be reluctant to let their talisman leave, but he has emotional ties to Stamford Bridge, where he enjoyed two spells. He is highly thought of at the club by players and staff, with some suggesting his absence was a contributor to their poor form this season after his summer departure. He has been repeatedly linked with joining the Blues for a third time since Hiddink was appointed interim boss last month after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time.The former Ivory Coast striker, who watched the first match since the departure of Mourinho alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich against Sunderland on December 19, has a rich history with Chelsea.Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, 157 of the strikes coming in 341 appearances in his first spell, which concluded with the 2012 Champions League victory in Munich.He left Chelsea for two seasons after his silverware-laden eight-year spell and has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups with the Blues.Drogba had joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from Marseille and had short spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray in between his stints at Stamford Bridge.He returned in opposition with the Turkish side in March 2014. 1