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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to journalists as he arrives for a Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 5, 2015.CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters

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POLITICS NOTEBOOK

By Chris Hannay (@channay)

> The Liberal government is beginning to work out the details of how it will resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees.

> Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says oil sands pipelines will be subject to more stringent environmental assessments.

> Conservative senators are willing to work with Liberals once Justin Trudeau's party begins to introduce legislation.

> James Moore, Stephen Harper's senior B.C. cabinet minister, declined to run for re-election and is now working for the Dentons law firm in Vancouver (for subscribers).

> In a rare move, a Federal Court judge is barred from hearing any cases dealing with sexual misconduct pending a review by a disciplinary body.

> Canadian charities are hoping the new Liberal government will scale back the CRA's political-activity audits (for subscribers).

> Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is expecting many staffers to leave Queen's Park for Ottawa.

> The portrait of the Queen in the foreign affairs building in Ottawa replaced with two paintings that were there until four-and-a-half years ago, when they were taken down by the Conservative government.

WHAT EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT

"Pierre Trudeau said there was only one constant about him: 'Opposition to accepted wisdom.' That aspect of him fit the times to a T. He was the counterculture's caped crusader. When elected in 1968, expectations were meteorically high in this country, higher than today for his son. But Pierre Trudeau's first four years were disillusioning in many ways, culminating almost in defeat, and they offer some lessons – should Justin Trudeau wish to heed them – on the vagaries of governance." – Lawrence Martin on political lessons to be learned.

Cecil Foster (Globe and Mail): "So why are there no blacks in cabinet?"

Gary Mason (Globe and Mail): "[B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan's] biggest challenge, and one not addressed at the party's convention last weekend, is defining what the NDP stands for these days. "

Lawrence Herman (Globe and Mail): "Too often, trade agreements are viewed by Canadians in defensive terms, from the perspective of concessions made in the negotiating process."

Leif Malling and Jamie Ellerton (Maclean's): "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to make 2015 the last federal election under first-past-the-post. Canada's centre-right has two options in responding: fight the reforms, or fight to build a political movement that is successful regardless of the reforms."

Jen Gerson (Postmedia): "To think we would live to see these dark times renewed: Canada can once again take comfort in its self-satisfied faith that it is, indeed, a progressive nation. Maybe."

This newsletter is produced by Chris Hannay and Steve Proceviat.


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