A couple of the area’s rookie MPs say there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, as they get set to start work in Ottawa.

The NDP’s Shiela Malcolmson of Nanaimo-Ladysmith is still waiting to be sworn in, but in the meantime she’s been talking strategy with the other NDP MPs from the Island.

Malcolmson says issues at the top of the list are the economy, the environment, electoral reform, and supporting local governments on infrastructure needs.

Alistair MacGregor of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford is one of those six Island NDP members.  He says he came away with a positive impression of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he met with the new MPs from all parties as part of their orientation.

MacGregor says says he’ll be holding the Liberal government to its promise of infrastructure money for projects like the Cowichan Lake weir.

Malcolmson, MacGregor, and the other MPs will take their seats in the Commons on December 3rd.