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Highlights from the Dec. 5 Speech from the Throne

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On Dec. 5, 2019, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the 43rd session of Canada’s Parliament and outline the federal government’s agenda.

For a full transcript of the speech, please click the link or head to canada.ca. You can also watch a recording on YouTube below:

Here are some of the highlights from the throne speech.

Fighting Climate Change

The government will:

  • Help make energy efficient homes more affordable, and introduce measures to build clean, efficient and affordable communities;
  • Subsidize the purchase of zero-emission vehicles; and
  • Plant two billion trees.

Strengthening the Middle Class

The government will:

  • Cuts taxes “for all but the wealthiest”;
  • Invest in affordable housing;
  • Make it easier for people to buy their first home;
  • Cut the cost of cellphone and wireless services by 25%;
  • Continue to invest in infrastructure;
  • Increase the federal minimum wage; and
  • Reduce red tape making it easier to start and run small or startup businesses.

Reconciliation

The government will:

  • Do more to improve the quality of life of Indigenous people in Canada; and
  • Introduce legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Keeping Canadians Safe and Healthy

The government will:

  • Ban “military style” firearms;
  • Allow municipalities and provinces to ban handguns;
  • Develop a National Action Plan on the Gender-Based Violence Strategy; and
  • Make it easier for people to get the help they need with opioid and substance abuse.

MY TAKE:

Lots of good news here for cities, and we look forward to further details and funding opportunities. The priorities match many of the asks from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) mayors and me when meeting with all three of the MPs for Burlington (Burlington, Oakville North-Burlington and Milton), including tree-planting, affordable housing and infrastructure investments and cutting red tape.

I completely support the measures on energy-efficient homes and communities, subsidies for zero-emissions vehicles and especially the planting of 2 billion trees. I also support the investments in affordable housing, increasing the minimum wage, a reduction in wireless service costs and cutting red tape — that latter mirrors the goal of my Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force initiative.

Lastly, I welcome a national plan on reducing gender-based violence and dealing with opioid addictions.

— Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

*Posted by John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.

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3 thoughts on “Highlights from the Dec. 5 Speech from the Throne”

  1. A vague outline as most throne speeches are and we will see if this government walks the walk and how quickly they implement these measure.

    1. The Governor General has expounded that this Liberal government will institute stricter gun controls to deter ‘gun violence’. It will do so by banning so called military-style assault rifles and taking steps to introduce a buy-back program. Municipalities and communities that want to ban handguns will be able to do so.

      The problem here is that Trudeau has correlated the the legal guns owned by peaceful, law abiding Canadian firearms owners with the illegal guns used by dastardly outlaws who commit violent crime.

      Trudeau cannot produce any empirical evidence that concludes that banning legal guns from innocent citizens will deter criminals from misusing their illegal firearms. On the contrary, there are many empirical studies that now conclude that gun control has no affect on homicide rates.

      Trudeau’s gun control measures have nothing to do with enhancing public safety.

      The unintended consequences of his stricter gun controls will be increased violent crime; waste of public funds to administer the expanded gun control bureaucracy; unjust treatment of the law abiding firearms community; deeper distrust of the government and the police; further disunity and societal discontentment; degradation of faith in the rule of law; and an increase in the illegal firearms black market.

      Bad laws such as ineffective and expensive civil disarmament gun control laws will result in righteous civil resistance up to and including civil disobedience. This has already happened elsewhere where these bad laws have been instituted.

      Gun control is not crime control. WE are not the problem. Refocus the crime-fighting strategy and tactics on strengthening the judicial system that systemically releases arrested armed gangster back into our midst on unsupervised bail or probation only to reoffend with illegal guns that are readily available on the black market.

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