Friday December 4 marked the official start of Canada’s 42nd Parliament. Governor-General David Johnson read out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first Throne Speech outlining his government’s priorities. “This plan was developed by listening to Canadians,” Trudeau said of the statement.
It outlined his government’s 5 priorities as taken from the Liberals’ election platform including a promised tax cut for the middle class to being a more transparent government. “We will restore Canadians’ trust in their public institutions include the House of Commons, and the Senate,” Trudeau said. The day before Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef announced a plan to reform the way Senators are chosen.
The Liberals want to act on climate change with a promise to put a price on carbon, and invest in green technology. “Canadians want to live in a country where a clean environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand.” Trudeau announced Canada’s involvement in “Mission Innovation” at the Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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The Conservatives argue the Liberals’ fiscal plan will lead to higher deficits, and taxes. “The Speech from the Throne is a loud and clear warning to Canadians that the Liberals are about to take us down a fiscally reckless path. It’s short on detail, but full of big spending announcements,” Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose said. The Liberals have said they are willing to run $10 billion deficits for three years in order to finance infrastructure and transit projects.
The Conservatives attacked the Liberal promise to withdraw the CF-18’s from the fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (I.S.I.S.). “The Speech from the Throne still does nothing to explain how withdrawing Canada’s CF-18s from the air combat mission will help our coalition partners defeat ISIS,” Ambrose said. The Liberals are going to deploy more Canadian trainers in Iraq.