Trudeau government’s Speech from the Throne contains warning that ‘Earth is in danger’

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Officials including Governor General Mary Simon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrive for a speech from the throne in Ottawa on November 23, 2021.Adrian Wilde/The Canadian Press

The federal government issued a stern warning about the coming decades as Governor-General Mary Simon opened the 44th parliament on Tuesday, describing a world “at risk” from climate change and calling on legislators to “turn the talk into action”. was requested.

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Ms. Simon gave the road map of minority government in the Senate, but the prime minister’s office does most of the writing for the speech from the throne. The address underscored the key election promises of Justin Trudeau for liberals, who again put the pandemic, economic recovery and climate change at the top of the priority list.

“Our Earth is in danger,” Ms Simon said in the introductory remarks to a speech written by her office. “From a warming Arctic to the increasing devastation of natural disasters, our land and our people need help.”

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“We can’t wait.”

The throne speech was a first for Ms Simon, who was sworn in in July, becoming the first indigenous person to serve as the Queen’s representative in Canada. He addressed an audience including Mr Trudeau, senior members of the House of Commons and Senate.

Governor-General Mary Simon reiterated the prime minister’s position that the government must “move further, faster” to take “real action” on climate change.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

The speech, the third in Mr Trudeau’s minority government, would require the support of one of three opposition parties to get through the House of Commons. There is some policy overlap with other opposition parties, notably the NDP, but it is not yet clear whether this will be enough to garner the necessary support.

A parliamentary meeting launched late for the fall means the Liberals have just four weeks to graze major government bills through the House of Commons – a shorter deadline, made more difficult as the opposition has a minority. Parliament has more power to influence the agenda.

On the heels of September’s election result, Ms Simon said the direction of voters was clear. “Not only do they want lawmakers to work together to leave this pandemic behind, they also want bold, concrete solutions to address the other challenges we face.”

The government says its strategy to end the pandemic for good will focus on ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots.

To tackle rising inflation, Mr Trudeau’s government said it would address the rising cost of living by acting on its election promises of ensuring more affordable housing and child care across the country, Ms Simon said. he said.

The government reaffirmed its plan to move toward “more targeted support” for sectors still hit by the pandemic, and said it would ensure it was “prudently managing spending”.

Ms Simon reiterated the prime minister’s position that the government must go “further and faster” to take “real action” on climate change. She said the government would focus its efforts on reducing and then reducing emissions from the oil and gas sector; expediting work to reach a 100% net-zero electricity grid; Investing in public transport and mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles; And continuously increasing the price of carbon.

Ahead of the speech, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said on Monday that his party wants the government to immediately address the “current threat” of the climate crisis with immediate investment in critical infrastructure; reducing housing affordability by limiting foreign ownership that drives up the supply and prices of homes; And reverse clawback on some income support for seniors and families.

The Conservatives meanwhile called on liberals to rein in spending and inflation; canceling the plan for $100 billion in stimulus spending; And end pandemic support programs that MP Pierre Poiliver argued on Tuesday are preventing people from returning to work.

Ms Simon said during the speech that reconciliation is “not a stand-alone act nor does it have an end date.”

“It’s a lifelong journey of healing, respect and understanding,” she said.

Ms Simon also said that “there cannot be reconciliation without truth.”

In this mandate, the government intends to build a national memorial to honor the residential-school survivors, a long-held call by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It also plans to appoint a special negotiator for “advance justice” on residential schools, which was first announced in August.

Ottawa also plans to move forward on a distinction-based mental health and wellness strategy for First Nations, Inuit and Métis guided by Indigenous peoples, survivors and their families.

It also intends to ensure that there is “fair and equitable” compensation for those harmed by the First Nations child welfare system. The Liberal government is currently engaged in closed-door discussions with parties including the Assembly of the First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, in hopes of reaching an out-of-court settlement on the matter by the end of the year. ,


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