Canadian PM Trudeau promises 'ambitious' recovery plan

Canadian PM Trudeau promises 'ambitious' recovery plan

"You need to know that you can rely on us, just like you can rely on each other", he said.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Alex Ruff said the best word to sum up Wednesday's Throne Speech on Wednesday was disappointment.

Governor General Julie Payette's 2020 Throne Speech was delivered amid climbing Canadian COVID-19 cases, record-breaking wildfires in the U.S. West Coast, and an abnormally active Atlantic hurricane season.

"Canada is at a crossroads", Trudeau said.

It's expected that vote will happen in early October.

A clear recognition by the federal government of the seriousness of the pandemic and its effect on the economy - and a commitment to backstop Canadians during these tough times - are reassuring, if still somewhat unformed.

"This isn't a change in direction, this isn't creative thinking, this isn't a plan for the future of our country".

The minority Liberal government has reached a deal with the New Democrats over legislation to support workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, securing the backing needed to survive a confidence vote on the throne speech.

Another main point was job creation, with the government launching a program to create over one million jobs.

The council, which represents the largest Canadian carriers like Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd., says passenger numbers are down 94 per cent from 2019 amid ongoing travel restrictions.

"We were already struggling, especially in Western Canada, before this pandemic and we've been losing hundreds of thousands of jobs".

In the Throne Speech, the government promised aggressive financial support for those hit in the pocketbook by the pandemic, including the extension of benefits like the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). So what is the Liberal plan to fight the pandemic and kickstart economic recovery?

That is the same as they have been receiving under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit which ends Saturday.

He criticized Trudeau for not outlines enough provisions for immediate support for seniors under the age of 75. In the speech the Liberals said that while people receiving CERB would be transitioned to the EI system, a new benefit - the Canada Recovery Benefit - would be created to ensure that people who would not have qualified for EI in the past are able to do so now.

Instead, the focus was climate change including commitments for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a price on pollution (Liberal-speak for the carbon tax) and efforts at energy transformation. "It is the policy and investment decisions made in the coming months that will determine whether the spirit articulated in this historic speech is turned into meaningful action", she said.

This was a repeated refrain across the country as political and public health officials took pains to tell the public it was time to scale back parties, dinners out, group activities and other individual actions they said were key factors in an alarming spike in transmission.

Jennifer Henderson is the Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Great West Newspapers, covering rural Alberta issues.

Cooper said there are billions of dollars worth of oil and gas projects that are awaiting federal approval.

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