Governor General Mary May Simon delivered the Speech from the Throne Tuesday, officially launching the 44th Parliament and fleshing out the government’s main goals for the session. Titled “Building a Resilient Economy: A Cleaner and Healthier Future for Our Kids”, Simon’s first throne speech looked a lot like former Governor General Julie Payette’s last, and it presented only a high-level outline of the government’s plan for the session. Simon laid out the government’s overall vision on major public policy challenges, including climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, health and the post-pandemic economy.
While the Speech itself serves as an important parliamentary custom, Government House Leader Mark Holland gave reporters a sneak peek of the Liberal government’s short-term priorities when speaking to reporters on Monday. At the top of the list: support for Canadians who are still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; protection of healthcare workers and facilities; ten-day paid sick leave for federally regulated workers; and a ban on conversion therapy. Movement on all these items is expected before the House rises in December. Details on some of the government’s other priorities will have to wait, at least until mandate letters are made public.
So, what now? Read Summa’s take on the policy highlights, party positioning, and next steps going into Parliament 44.