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Anatomy
of an Election

When the Governor General dissolved the 40th Parliament in March 2011 and issued the writs of election at the request of the Prime Minister, the House Administration had to be prepared for every possible outcome. Regardless of the number of new Members—or how quickly they would arrive on the Hill—the House Administration was ready to deliver the administrative, financial and procedural information and services required to welcome them to Parliament and support them in their new roles.

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Members’ Snapshot (as of May 2, 2011)

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Members by political party

Members by political party

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House Administration

9

Liaison Officers to support newly elected Members: 9

Liaison Officers to support newly elected Members

6

Transition Officers to support Members not re-elected: 6

Transition Officers to support Members not re-elected

489

Meetings scheduled between new Members and House Administration service experts: 489

Meetings scheduled between new Members and House Administration service experts

466

Outgoing calls made by Liaison Officers in the six weeks following the election: 466

Outgoing calls made by Liaison Officers in the six weeks following the election

213

Outgoing calls made by Liaison Officers in the six weeks following the election: 466

Outgoing calls made by Transition Officers in the six weeks following the election

247

Office moves on Parliament Hill completed in the seventeen days following the election: 247

Office moves on Parliament Hill completed in the seventeen days following the election

225

Constituency office moves across Canada completed in the twelve weeks following the election: 225

Constituency office moves across Canada completed in the twelve weeks following the election

Getting elected is like finding a new job—and we all need a little help to take on new challenges. It’s very rewarding to know that I contributed to the collective efforts of the House Administration in helping newly elected representatives transition to their new roles as parliamentarians.”

~ Jocelyne Laporte, Liaison Officer