|Today, Governor General Mary Simon presented the 2021 Speech from the Throne, “Building a Resilient Economy: A Cleaner and Healthier Future for our Kids.”
The full text of the speech can be found here.
While scarce on details, the throne speech outlined the major themes and key priorities of the government heading into the 44th Parliament. Nearly all of the policy direction in the speech comes straight from the Liberals’ recent election platform, with no new programs or surprise announcements.
Priorities outlined in the throne speech include:
Covid-19 & Health
Economy & Affordability
Diversity & Inclusion
Foreign Policy & Trade
The speech also included a commitment to reintroduce legislation to reform the Broadcasting Act “to ensure web giants pay their fair share for the creation and promotion of Canadian content.”
Today’s Speech from the Throne formally translated the Liberals’ election platform into a governing agenda, with no indication that the new minority government will be making any change in direction.
The passage of the throne speech is a confidence vote. The Conservative opposition can be expected to vote against the speech, given the inclusion of familiar wedge issues like conversion therapy and gun control legislation. There is enough in the speech on the progressive side of the ledger – especially with respect to climate change and cost of living – to expect that the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois will support the speech, ensuring its passage and setting in motion a dynamic that will continue over the life of this parliament.
In the coming weeks, we are expecting to see the release of the Ministers’ mandate letters. These documents will provide a more detailed blueprint for each ministry’s policy agenda, which will be essential for informing your advocacy plan.