Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Government of Canada is pursuing a mandate based on five core priorities, including:
1)A Proud and Sovereign Canada in which the Government rigorously defends Canada’s place in the world including through the realization of our strong Arctic vision and a responsible, effective path forward in Afghanistan.
2)A Strong Federation in which the Government will continue to strengthen the federation – and modernize its democratic institutions – through measures including formal limits on federal spending power and long-overdue reform of the Senate.
3)A Prosperous Future in which the Government will provide effective economic leadership and a prosperous future by aggressively moving forward with broad tax relief that includes a further promised reduction in the GST.
4)A Safe and Secure Canada in which the Government will continue to tackle crime and strengthen the security of Canadians by reintroducing important crime legislation with the new Tackling Violent Crime Act, and by putting a strong focus on safe communities and youth and property crime.
5)A Healthy Environment for Canadians in which the Government will continue to improve the environment and health of Canadians by delivering realistic and achievable results in areas such as environmental enforcement and product and food safety.
The Arctic and Afghanistan are already well known priorities, hardly a fresh idea. A strong federation, wherein you mirror(how rich) the Liberal legacy as it relates to spending power, well short of all the rhetoric. A GST cut that was outlined in the last election campaign. A re-introduction of crime legislation, put in a different package. A commitment to safe food and products. Wow, it might take me days to digest the myriad of innovative ideas, from this gang of policy wonks. Weak, thin, superficial, re-hashed.
This throne speech proves once again, that the new Conservative Party was always more a statement of opposition, than direction. The anti-Liberal motivations only takes one so far, the memory of "13 years" fades and you are left with your own creativity and vision. I guess we shouldn't be surprised, after all it was this Party who's election platform began by attacking the Liberals, before it actually spoke on policy.
Today is the day the government officially drops the "new" portion of their moniker(already?). I would say that decision is quite timely, given what we heard tonight, "new" is apparently a foreign term.