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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, September 30, 2002

Throne speech sets tone for new session of Parliament

Today's Speech from the Throne unveiled a more activist, more traditionally Liberal, agenda for the upcoming session.

A veritable laundry-list of programs that the federal government plans to carry out was announced today in the Speech from the Throne. They include:

Improve the health care system;
Get Canada's children off welfare;
Close the gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians;
Deal with climate change;
Make Canada a world leader in innovation and learning;
Attract talent and investment;
Help cities;
Strengthen the bonds of shared citizenship and the partnership between government and Canadians.

More coverage from the Globe and Mail

The plans or the health-care improbvements will be hashed out at a First Ministers' conference in early 2003, following the report on the Commission on the Future of Health Care, scheduled for release in November.

The Throne Speech is only a broad overview of the government's agenda. The details will be revealed in the session of Parliament that has now begun. The real details will be in the budget that is expected to be brought down in February

Canadian Alliance leader Stephen Harper has dismissed the speech as "a bunch of recycled stuff from the last several years."

Harper's pririties -- cutting taxes and decentralizing power to the provinces -- were not addressed in the speech, which marks a leftward shift for the ruling Liberal Party.

Harper will formally respond to the Throne Speech in the House of Commons tomorrow, as will the leaders of the other official parties in Parliament.

Former Prime Minister and current Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark called the speech a "piece of fluff" and a "public-relations stunt." Clark said that much of the agenda in the speech was already on the agenda when Parliament was prorougued in the summer.
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