Throne Speech aftermath leaves non-confidence vote on the table

Elias Hubbard
September 24, 2020

In order to pass the vote of confidence that will follow the speech, the Liberals need the support of at least one of the opposition parties officially recognized by the House.

"As an election strategy, that austerity rhetoric that we saw, going back through past Liberal and Conservative governments with Martin and so forth, never really rang true with the public".

Desserud says if the federal government is looking to invest, it could be good news for the region.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Alex Ruff said the best word to sum up Wednesday's Throne Speech on Wednesday was disappointment. It doesn't talk about agriculture.

Leading up to the speech, Ruff highlighted areas of importance to him, among them addressing beef processing backlogs in the beef processing and improvement to risk management in the ag sectors, improved rural broadband Internet for families working from home and children doing remote learning, and support for small businesses as well as the tourism and resource sectors.

Payette also outlined several measures the government will take to help provinces test and track Covid-19, as well as several commitments to measures created to help indigenous and racialized Canadians.

The Conservatives were unequivocal: they will not support the throne speech. With the Conservatives ruling out their support, the Liberals will need the backing of either the Bloc Québécois or the NDP.

Speaking about his government's plan after Payette's speech, Trudeau echoed Payette and said his government plans to fix Canada's economy, bolstering social welfare programs and investing in the green economy.

In the throne speech delivered in Ottawa by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette on Wednesday, the government announced a new Action Plan for Women in the Economy to help more women return to the workforce to ensure "a feminist, intersectional response" to the pandemic.

Of course, those measures and some others, such as establishing national standards for long-term care that might prevent a replay of the mass deaths last spring, require buy-in and co-operation from the provinces.

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh said his party is going to take a long time to consider the throne speech.

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"I know some people are asking how we can afford to do all this for Canadians".

Rempel Garner also said the speech failed to mention the unemployment problem in Alberta.

Singh said that cutting the incomes of people who can't find work is unfair. The government also again promised a transitional Canada Recovery Benefit for those who won't qualify for benefits under the new expanded employment-insurance system that is to replace Canada Emergency Response Benefit by the end of this month.

"I'm not looking for an excuse to go to an election", he said. Do we come out of this stronger, or paper over the cracks that the crisis has exposed?

"People are out of work because of COVID-19 and we can't turn our backs on them".

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has thrown its support behind the speech.

Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, said his organization would like to see a fall economic statement that restores economic confidence. "Canadians should not be waiting in line for hours to get a test", the speech said pointedly.

The premier wasn't the only one who was unhappy with the contents of the speech from the throne. "The self-employed needed pandemic support, but permanent EI coverage (and premiums) for entrepreneurs needs careful review and is fraught with landmines".

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