Alberta Mirror

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Liberal-government beginning third-term with a throne speech concentrated on staying COVID-19 crisis

Key takeaways: 

  • Gen. Mary Simon’s initial throne speech to put out the government’s idea for the outbreak’s new stages.
  • The Liberal government begins its third term in office today with a lecture from the throne given by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon — and a strategy to give a flurry of legislation ere the Christmas vacation.

Throne speech on lingering coronavirus crisis: 

Now over a year ago, Simon’s ancestor Julie Payette gave a throne speech to an almost clear Senate chamber as COVID-19 cases rose and the economic survey seemed dim at best.

The Liberal government — allowing determined inquiries about its handling of a summer student awards deal with WE Charity — had just prorogued Parliament to tap the reset switch on a second term that had been used by COVID-19 and the fallout over that deal.

Today, the condition seems very different. Payette has left, social distancing laws have been rested. The pandemic isn’t over but the nation’s high vaccination standard has had COVID-19 in control.

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The government is on fairly firm ground politically after being reinstated to strength in the September election. The economy, plagued by threatened supply chains and increasing inflation, is facing its share of difficulties but government largesse has supported household profits.

“Their second term was taken up by COVID-19,” stated Lori Turnbull, an associate professor of political science and director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. “So this is a real-time reset for the government, even more than a typical speech from the throne would be.” Source – cbc.ca

Talking to reporters on Monday, Liberal Government House Leader Mark Holland stated Simon’s speech will be concentrated on the health disaster and current plans to support a beleaguered nation.

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