Parliament will reconvene for the first time on Thursday following the election.
The first item on the agenda is the election of a Speaker which is done via secret ballot. According to media reports there are at least five MPs who have been actively campaigning for the job — most notably Geoff Regan, who held the post during the previous parliament. Regan will be competing against a trio of MPs who served as deputy and associate speakers — Conservative Bruce Stanton, New Democrat Carole Hughes and Liberal Anthony Rota — as well as Conservative MP Joel Godin.
Members of Parliament will vote by preferential ballot for the new Speaker instead of the multiple ballot system of the past which often meant choosing a new Speaker could take the whole day.
Following the election of a new Speaker the Trudeau government will present a Speech from the Throne later in the day on Thursday where it will outline its agenda for the new session.
The vote on the throne speech (which will come the week of December 9th) will be the first test of confidence in the new minority government.
The Liberals will need the support of at least the Bloc Quebecois or New Democratic parties in order to survive the confidence vote.
Defeat on a confidence vote would constitute defeat of the government, after which Gov. Gen. Julie Payette would have to decide whether to call an election or give Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer a chance to see whether he could gain the confidence of the House.
The House of Commons will sit for just seven days, until Dec. 13, before breaking for the holidays. It is not scheduled to resume until Jan. 27.
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