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Canada Liberals Haven't Consulted With Opposition Parties On Throne Speech

23:11  14 september  2020
23:11  14 september  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.ca

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The Liberals moved a sub-amendment to their own throne speech on Tuesday. Brian Gallant's minority Liberal government is offering even more promises to opposition parties in the Critics call it a desperate move. PC Leader Blaine Higgs said if the Liberals had truly consulted other parties

The first throne speech since the election — which saw voters return Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals to power in a minority government The government signalled it will take up issues championed by the opposition parties — like tax-free parental benefits and a crackdown on money

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a curtain: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters in Ottawa on Monday before the first day of a Liberal cabinet retreat. Trudeau has said the coronavirus pandemic has offered the country a “moment to change our future for the better.” © Provided by HuffPost Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters in Ottawa on Monday before the first day of a Liberal cabinet retreat. Trudeau has said the coronavirus pandemic has offered the country a “moment to change our future for the better.”

OTTAWA — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to avoid a fall election, he hasn’t sought the opposition’s ideas for what to include in his minority government’s renewed agenda.

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  COMMENTARY: Justin Trudeau needs to remember that when setting a trap, don’t snare yourself The upcoming throne speech appears to be set up to knock the opposition parties off balance. But pollster Darrell Bricker says things may not unfold according to plan.We are being told not to expect a garden variety speech outlining the government’s intentions for the next few months. Instead, this speech will lay out a once-in-a-generation plan to build a better Canada. With apologies to U.S. Democrats, he'll be saying that Canada will be Building Back Better.

Mulcair says the Throne speech contains some things he finds encouraging and the speech was missing others that he says are important 1:52. Both leaders noted that there was nothing in the speech about a number of critical economic sectors including the energy industry, which has been hit hard by

5 with a throne speech brimming with humility, goodwill, and promises of collaboration with opposition parties whose support he needs to ensure his government’s survival. The speech was more about tone than substance, attempting to demonstrate to Canadians that Trudeau’s Liberals

Trudeau told reporters outside the cabinet’s in-person two-day retreat in Ottawa that the Liberals have been engaging with the opposition parties throughout the crisis.

“They have made public their reflections around what they would like to see going forward. We’ve been engaging them on multiple levels, we will continue to engage,” he said. “I think it is important for Canadians to see their different orders of government working together.”

But the Conservatives, the Bloc Québécois and the NDP — each of which holds the balance of power in the Commons — told HuffPost Canada Monday that nobody from the Prime Minister’s Office has reached out to their leaders or their offices about the Sept. 23 speech from the throne.

“There has been no consultation on the speech from the throne,” said Melanie Paradis, spokeswoman for Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. “Nothing.”

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After the throne speech later this month, opposition parties could trigger a non-confidence vote in the Trudeau government. If a vote is called, the Liberals , who found themselves 13 seats short of a majority in the 2019 election, would need the support of at least one opposition party to keep power.

A speech from the throne (or throne speech ) is an event in certain monarchies in which the reigning sovereign, or a representative thereof

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s spokesman, George Soule, said the same thing. Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet’s spokeswoman, Carolane Landry, told HuffPost that while nobody from Trudeau’s office had called or asked to meet, her leader had requested a meeting with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to talk about the upcoming speech.

When Trudeau hit Parliament’s reset button by requesting prorogation last month, he insisted the move wasn’t about laying the table for a fall election, but rather one designed only to seek the House of Commons’ approval for a renewed Liberal focus on Canada’s COVID-19 recovery.

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Justin Trudeau ushered in a new era of minority Liberal rule Thursday with a throne speech brimming with humility, goodwill and promises of collaboration with opposition parties whose support he needs to ensure his government’s survival.

The government introduced a throne speech that borrows heavily from the campaign platforms of the Progressive Conservatives, the Green Party and the People's Alliance. The Liberals , reduced to just 20 votes in the 49-seat legislature after MLA Daniel Guitard was acclaimed Speaker on Tuesday morning

A confidence vote usually follows a speech from the throne, and another one will follow the government’s fiscal update, now tentatively scheduled for November.

Trudeau has said the pandemic has offered the country a “moment to change our future for the better.” He spoke about the need to address gaps in Canada’s social safety net and make investments in areas that could boost growth and ensure a greener recovery, such as infrastructure projects.

Throughout the spring, as the pandemic wore on, the prime minister suggested several areas of potential focus: long-term care homes, the provision of sick days to all workers, expanded pharmacare, “better support” for those he called “vulnerable Canadians,” such as those with disabilities, as well as higher wages for support workers.

“More equality across this country needs to be part of it as well,” he said.

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Trudeau also suggested investments will be made to spur economic growth that will help Canada reach its “net zero by 2050” commitment, and ensure that more Canadians have access to the internet. Racialized Canadians and Indigenous people confront extra barriers, he said, noting that women are facing impossible choices between caring for their kids and their careers, and that young people are dealing with “unexpected burdens as they worry about their future.”

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Analysis: The Liberals ' first throne speech with a minority government made gestures to the opposition benches, but focused on progressive priorities. Article content. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended an olive branch in the throne speech — but it was mostly to the parties on the left.

The speech from the throne , penned by the Prime Minister's Office but read by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, strikes a humble tone as the government appeals to opposition parties to Justin Trudeau has launched his second mandate — and a new era of minority Liberal government — with a throne

But Monday, Trudeau seemed to dampen expectations of what will be in the speech from the throne.

“One of the things we are seeing is with numbers [of COVID-19 cases] rising across the country. We are not out of the woods. We need to continue to remain vigilant,” he said, reminding Canadians to keep their distances, wash their hands frequently and wear their masks “an awful lot.”

“Our focus right now is on the COVID crisis. We need to get through this in order to be able to talk about next steps, so a lot of what we are going to be doing during this retreat will be talking about how we continue to keep COVID under control, continue to make sure that Canadians are safe, that we are not overloading our health-care system. These are the things that we are focused on,” Trudeau said.

We will have conversations about next steps as well, but our focus is very much on what we need to do to control COVID-19.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“Obviously, COVID has exposed weaknesses in our country, where vulnerable people are continuing to slip through the cracks. We will have conversations about next steps as well, but our focus is very much on what we need to do to control COVID-19.”

Speaking to reporters later, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said he doesn’t think “the government is backing off on anything.”

Canadians are worried about the pandemic, but they are also looking to the government to build back in a way that promotes resilience for the Canadian economy and for Canadians generally, he said.

“The priorities have to be around job creation, economic recovery, but they also have to be about addressing the crises that we know are looming on the horizon and that is the crisis of climate change and the global declining biodiversity,” he said.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost Canada.

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Canada stands at a "crossroads" as the coronavirus pandemic surges, the throne speech said.But just how such an unprecedented national system could work is unclear and there were few concrete signs in the throne speech presented Wednesday of how the Liberals plan to rein in the massive federal deficit incurred with pandemic emergency spending.

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