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Liberals’ shopping-list of promises outlined in Throne Speech

The speech, written by the Liberal government, said they will focus on four main elements in the coming Parliament.

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Calling it “an ambitious plan for unprecedented times,” Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government put forward its agenda for the future during a Speech from the Throne Wednesday.

It include promises to create 1 million jobs, an action plan for women, daycare investments, support for workers and businesses hit by COVID-19 and a plan for climate change.

Taxing the rich and a handgun grab were also promised in a speech that barely touched on the West and didn’t mention pipelines at all.

The 54-minute speech was a huge promise list of spending that will end up costing tens or hundreds of billions of dollars.

The speech said the Liberals will focus on four main elements in the coming Parliament.

The first element will be to fight the pandemic, the speech said, noting 9,000 Canadians have died from COVID-19.

The Liberals vowed to help any businesses shut down by new health orders during the country’s reopening.

The second element will be to “support people and businesses…for as long as it take.”

The Liberals vowed to create more than 1 million new jobs with direct spending, more training programs and incentives for businesses to hire.

The speech said the government will replace the current CERB program with the Canada Recovery benefit.

The Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program until the summer of 2021,

“Canadians shouldn’t have to take on debt the government is better able to shoulder.”

The third pillar will be to “build back a stronger and more resilient Canada.”

The speech noted the pandemic has been especially hard on women leaving moms “with the impossible choice between kids and career.”

The Liberals announced a “significant and long-term investment” into child care across the country. The programs will also include after school care. It also announced further strategies for female entrepreneurs.

Climate change will be a “cornerstone” of Liberal policy.

The speech said the Liberals plan to exceed 2030 carbon emission targets and make plans for a net-zero economy by 2050 a law.

It said it will continue with its carbon taxing while coming up with a plan to retro-fit Canadian homes with new environmental technology. It vowed more transit options across the country along with cheaper electric cars.

A new federal fund will also be launched to attract investment in carbon reduction businesses.

The Liberals vowed to support the energy industry, foresters and rancher in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

“It can’t be free to pollute,” the speech read.

The Liberals also vowed to revive the Canada Water Agency and work on the economy of fishers and coastal communities.

The speech said Liberals will focus on helping the middle class and taxing “extreme wealth” along with closing tax loopholes.

The Liberals also vowed to go after digital giants like Google and Netflix to make sure they pay their fare share.

“This must change and will change,” the speech said.

Noting residents of long term-care homes were hard hit by the pandemic, the speech announced there would be changes to the Criminal Code to penalize negligent owners.

Along with the provinces help, new national standards for old age homes will be brought in.

The government vowed to move quicker with a national Phramacare program.

It repeated Liberal vows to ban handguns in cities and will take steps to address violence against women. New battered womens’ shelters will also be funded.

The government also vowed to work quicker on the issue of systemic racism in the country and move forward with reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

It will include plans to combat online hate groups and vowed to make sure the justice system doesn’t discriminate against minorities.

The government also committed to more oversight for the RCMP.

More money was also promised for overseas countries to develop and defeat the pandemic.

Strengthening the Official Languages Act, increasing immigration and working to free two Canadians detained by China are also on the governments to-do list.

Finally, the speech said the Liberals will focus on “standing up for who we are as Canadians.”

The speech was read by embattled Gov.-Gen Julie Payette, who is under investigation for workplace harassment.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Horgan leads NDP to majority government in B.C.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

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John Horgan’s NDSP party now rules B.C. with a majority government.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

More than 500,000 mail in ballots still have to be counted. Final results won’t be known for several weeks.

“B.C. has voted, and a majority has been called, but there are many many hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted,” Horgan said at a victory rally in Vancouver.

“While we wait for that final count to happen, I want to assure people that I’m going to keep the focus right where it belongs, on helping people get through this pandemic and making sure that they have the services that they need.”

“All British Columbians can sleep safely knowing that we’re going to do everything we can to keep them safe, healthy and secure.”

The Liberals won 29 seats and the Green party, three.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Kenney says Albertans may get ‘multi-issues’ referendum

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the UCP could have multiple referendum questions for voters next year.

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections.

Speaking virtually to the UCP’s AGM on Saturday, Kenney said the party is also looking at adding other issues.

“I believe on the big consequential issues it’s right to go to the public,” kenney told 1,400 delegates who had signed up for the virtual convention.

He said a decision to get rid of Daylight Savings Time, a Senate election, constitutionally changing property rights and a provincial pension plan are some of the things Albertans may have a chance to vote on.

Kenney spent most of his speech hilighting UCP policies they have brought in, including scrapping the carbon tax and repealing Bill 6.

“We are one-third through our mandate and we have implemented two-thirds of our 261 election promises,” said Kenney.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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RCMP able to save ice-bound calf in northern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress

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For a B.C. Mountie, it was a very moo-ving rescue.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP were told about a young calf that had fallen through ice, into a slough along Farrell Creek Road, north east of Hudson’s Hope, in northeastern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress, said the RCMP in a release.

“It was obvious that the calf had been doing its best to stay afloat and was getting tired, however could not move forward or backwards due to the surrounding ice,” said the release.

“Thinking quickly, and using any means available to the officer, and some locals that had stopped to assist, the ice around the calf was broken. The very tired calf was able to be lassoed and brought to the edge and out of the slough to rest.”

When we suit up and start our shifts each day, we really never have any idea what our day on the front line will entail,” said Cpl. Rob Gardner.

The front line officer, who responded to the scene, did a great job thinking quickly and outside the box to work with some locals to break the ice and free the small calf. We’d like to thank all those who stopped to assist with this rescue.

The wet calf, who seemed un-injured during the ordeal.

Rescued calf. Courtesy RCMP

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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