OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will outline the agenda for his third Freedom mandate in his speech from the throne today.
The throne speech is expected to be brief and unsurprising, recapitulating the themes posed by the Liberal platform during the recent federal election campaign, which created a Liberal minority. by the second in a row.
The most novel aspect of the speech might be the person who gave it: Mary Simon, the first Indigenous to hold the post of governor of Canada.
Simon, an Inuk from Kuujjuaq in northeastern Quebec, will give a speech in the Senate chamber to an audience of dignitaries, senators and several congressmen – a crowd considerably smaller than usual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The speech is expected to outline the key features of the plan Liberal Canadians have tasked Parliament with pursuing: ending the fight against COVID-19 and rebuilding an economy. more resilient, fairer and greener economy.
It will also reiterate what the government sees as a key pillar of economic growth, including affordable housing, more proactive action on climate change and the completion of negotiations with stronghold provinces. about the $10-a-day national childcare system.
It is expected to reiterate the government’s commitments to make the country safer and more inclusive and to continue pursuing Indigenous reconciliation.
Throne speeches rarely provide much detail, and this one is expected to be no different. A more detailed blueprint would appear later in the mandate letters Trudeau wrote to each of his cabinet ministers, setting out their specific marching orders.
It promises to be a technical agenda that will begin in earnest on Wednesday.
And it is clear that the Liberals this time intend to move quickly on their priorities, despite their minority status which makes them dependent on opposition parties to pass legislation and survive in the confidence votes. duty.
House of Representatives Leader Mark Holland said on Monday he wanted to pass four priority pieces of legislation before the House of Commons adjourned for a holiday on December 17.
– A new bill to make it a crime to force anyone to undergo so-called “conversion therapy” to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– The bill criminalizes harassment or intimidation of healthcare workers.
– A bill to implement promised, more targeted aid programs for those hardest hit by the pandemic while cutting previous emergency benefits.
– The bill provides 10 days of paid sick leave for federally administered workers.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 23, 2021.