November 23, 2021— 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.
The most novel aspect of the speech may well turn out to be the person who delivers it: Mary Simon, the first Indigenous person to hold the office of Canada’s governor-general.
Simon, an Inuk from Kuujjuaq in northeastern Quebec, will read the speech in the Senate chamber to an audience of dignitaries, senators and a handful of MPs — a significantly smaller crowd than usual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
It will also reiterate what the government considers to be the key pillars of economic growth, including affordable housing, more aggressive action on climate change and completing negotiations with holdout provinces on a national $10-a-day child care system.
It is further expected to reiterate the government’s commitments to make the country safer and more inclusive and to continue pursuing Indigenous reconciliation.
Image shown: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seated beside Gov. Gen. Mary May Simon as they pose for a group photo with members of the federal cabinet after a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang