Category: Politics

COVID-19 recovery top priority in throne speech, but Governor General provides little detail
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COVID-19 recovery top priority in throne speech, but Governor General provides little detail

OTTAWA — The continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the work needed to recover are the undercurrents of Liberal plans for this session of Parliament and throughout Gov. Gen. Mary Simon’s first speech from the throne. Just as COVID-19 touched nearly every aspect of Canadian lives, it also appears to influence many of the...

Five key take-aways from Tuesday’s speech from the throne
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Five key take-aways from Tuesday’s speech from the throne

OTTAWA — Gov. Gen. Mary Simon officially kicked off a new session of Parliament on Tuesday with a throne speech delivered on behalf of the government. Here are five key take-aways from the speech: 1. Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples was front and centre. The Governor General’s first words were in her native Inuktitut, which...

Throne speech outlines Liberal agenda, no bones thrown to opposition parties
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Throne speech outlines Liberal agenda, no bones thrown to opposition parties

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threw a few bones to opposition parties Tuesday in a throne speech that recapped the election platform that produced a second consecutive Liberal minority government. A vote on the throne speech will be the first confidence test for the government, with the Liberals’ survival dependent on the support of...

Short, no-surprise throne speech expected to recap Liberal election promises
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Short, no-surprise throne speech expected to recap Liberal election promises

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will outline the agenda for his third Liberal mandate in a speech from the throne today. The throne speech is expected to be short and contains no surprises, recapping themes laid out in the Liberal platform during the recent federal election campaign, which produced a second, consecutive Liberal minority....

Canadian throne speech today
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Canadian throne speech today

The Liberal government starts its third term in office today with a speech from the throne delivered by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon. The speech is expected to sketch the broad strokes of a plan that Liberals contend Canadians gave Parliament a mandate to pursue: finishing the fight against COVID-19 and rebuilding a more resilient, fairer and greener economy.

‘I know that many of you are angry with me’: Kenney speaks to UCP tensions during AGM
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‘I know that many of you are angry with me’: Kenney speaks to UCP tensions during AGM

CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is acknowledging tensions within his United Conservative party, while the UCP president is pleading with members to remain united under the camp’s banner. Both remarks came moments apart at the party’s annual general meeting in Calgary on Saturday. Kenney gave a keynote speech in which he defended actions to...

Justin, take the wheel: experts tell Canada to show tough love at White House
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Justin, take the wheel: experts tell Canada to show tough love at White House

WASHINGTON — The federal Liberal government was lulled into a false sense of security by the results of last year’s U.S. election, say business leaders who want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take a harder line with President Joe Biden when he visits the White House this week. Canadians might have expected a smoother ride...

Trudeau calls for clearing cyberspace of hate, disinformation at peace forum
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Trudeau calls for clearing cyberspace of hate, disinformation at peace forum

OTTAWA — Hate speech, disinformation and online extremism can’t be allowed to prevent people from enjoying the freedom that cyberspace offers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday at an international discussion on the internet. “There is no doubt: the digital space has incredible power for good. But from disinformation on vaccines to online extremism, we’ve...