Speech from the Throne 2nd Session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada
Much has changed in the world over the 10-months since Governor General Payette delivered her last Speech from the Throne on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In an effort to build a stronger and more resilient Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered Canadians a new vision for economic stability post COVID-19. The Speech included a four key pillars:
Protecting Canadians from COVID-19 • Immediate task of handling COVID-19 through healthcare spending, including support for vaccines, a commitment to reducing COVID-19 test lines, and implementing additional support to localize outbreaks to maintain control of rising cases.
Helping Canadians through the Pandemic: • Medium-term commitment to provide financial support to Canadians through the pandemic, with a specific focus on shifting people back into the workforce.
Building Back Better • Building back a more “resilient Canada” to spur recovery and reconstruction for the economy involves a pledge to help advance green investments, while also creating solutions for major issues such as long-term care for seniors and child-care. While also strengthening support systems for the most vulnerable, including women and minorities.
The Canada We’re Fighting For • A commitment to defend Canadian values and ensuring they are lived experiences for everyone.
The government pledged to launch a campaign to create one million jobs for Canadians. This will include incentives for employers to hire and retain workers, while also implementing new skills training programs.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended until next summer.
The EI system will be updated to include the self-employed.
The government will focus on strengthening the middle-class through job creation.
Further support will be introduced for the hardest hit industries, including Travel and Tourism.
The government shares a plan to implement support for provincial for COVID-19 testing to further address the issues of lengthy waiting lines.
Further funding for Canadian-PPE innovation to protect health care workers.
A renewed commitment to a Pharmacare program
Looking Forward While the plan did not include budget targets, the government will present a fiscal plan in 2020. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise the House of Commons will require changes to the Standing Orders to adopt a hybrid system that includes remote electronic voting. It is expected that there will be agreement between all parties to proceed with remote voting.
Full text of today’s Speech: https://www.canada.ca/en/privy-council/campaigns/speech-throne/2020/stronger-resilient-canada.html