The winter session of Parliament opens today on Parliament Hill in new surroundings.
M-Ps will be conducting formal business in a temporary House of Commons, in what’s known as the West Block building while their regular digs in Centre Block undergo extensive renovations that are expected to last a decade or longer.
Much of the government’s business over the coming weeks is expected to revolve around China, amid Beijing’s continuing trade war with the U-S.
Relations between Ottawa and Beijing have also been chilly in recent weeks over the arrest of a Huawei (WAH’-way) executive in Vancouver at the request of the U-S, and China’s detentions of two Canadians that followed.
On the weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired John McCallum who had been Canada’s ambassador to China for nearly two years.
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Story: The Canadian Press