It is a quiet week on Parliament Hill. It is also a sad one for people who lost their seats in last week's election - and those who are staying but saying goodbye to old friends.
Many of the defeated former politicians are in Ottawa to clean out their offices and there have been some emotional moments in the corridors of the Centre Block.
Across the street in the Langevin Block, preparations for a new Conservative majority government are being made. The existing cabinet is about to get a shake-up.
There is no date set for Parliament's return but May 30 would seem to be a logical bet. That would give Prime Minster Stephen Harper the time he needs to make his cabinet appointments and still allow the Tory government to reintroduce its budget before the summer break..
But, in the meantime, a couple ministers are out and about -perhaps some of their final duties in their existing roles.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will be a guest speaker at the Bloomberg Economic Summit in Toronto later Tuesday afternoon.
And Labour Minister Lisa Raitt is in Vancouver to give a speech marking the collective agreement reached between he B.C. Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.
Consolidating opposition power
A veteran New Democrat and one of his newly elected caucus mates will meet Tuesday with first nations leaders in Northern Ontario to discuss issues of common concern in the region below James Bay.
Charlie Angus, who represents Timmins-James Bay, and Christine Moore, the former nurse who is now the MP for Abibiti-Temiscamingue will be sitting down with leaders of the Temiskaming First Nation in New Liskeard, Ont., to talk about mining, regional policing and other matters.
"Their reserve is in Christine's riding but much of their traditional land is in my riding so there's always been jurisdictional issues," Mr. Angus said.
"They have asked us to sit down with them and mining companies and regional political representatives to talk about how do we all work together and how do we actually start to move forward as a region without conflict but actually in co-operation."
Even before last week's election shook up the political landscape, the NDP held most of Northern Ontario. Now there is a broad band of orange seats - with just a few specks of Conservative blue - across the region.
With so much territory in the hands of the opposition, rather than those of the government, it may be difficult for common problems to get an airing in Parliament. But Mr. Angus does not believe that will be the case. He says the fact that members of his caucus now hold many of the neighbouring ridings means there are more opportunities for co-operation.
"We have a lot more resources I think, to get a coherent agenda and push the government and see what kind of change we can bring about. I think we are in a much stronger position that we were last month," he said.