OTTAWA – The Justin Trudeau era is officially underway in Parliament with the reading of a throne speech sketching out the priorities of the new Liberal government.
The brief speech, delivered by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, promises a new spirit of openness and civility in Parliament, in which all members — on the government and opposition benches — will be honoured, respected and heard.
It expands on five well-worn themes that were central to the Liberals’ stunning upset victory in the Oct. 19 election.
First and foremost, it reiterates Trudeau’s pledge to cut the tax rate for middle-income earners and provide a more generous child benefit to those who need it, all paid for by a tax hike on the wealthiest one per cent.
It also promises significant new investment in infrastructure to boost the stagnant economy.
The speech also reiterates Trudeau’s promises to run an open and transparent government, reform the electoral system, empower backbenchers, work with the provinces to put a price on carbon, launch an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and legalize marijuana.