01/30/2012 03:37 EST | Updated 03/30/2012 05:12 EDT

7 Storylines To Watch As MPs Return To Work


Members of Parliament return to Ottawa Monday after a six-week break. It's a brand new year and, in some ways, a new political landscape lies ahead.

A major cost-cutting budget is on its way, and a new Official Opposition leader will take his or her place in the House of Commons before the MPs rise again in the summer.

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae summed things up this way on Sunday: "If a week is a long time in politics, imagine what three months is all about."

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