Federal election avoided after Liberals reach deal with NDP

Saturday, 26 Sep, 2020

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is expected to address the deal during a news conference at 5 p.m. ET.

Mr Trudeau won reelection previous year, but his Liberal party does not have the majority of seats in Parliament and must rely on at least one opposition party to stay in power.

The main rival Conservatives immediately opposed the speech.

O'Toole said he broadly supports extending this program, but thinks it could be more strategically focused on sectors that will be continually depressed by the pandemic, such as tourism.

"And the government is using that fiscal firepower, on things like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, so that Canadians, businesses and our entire economy have the support needed to weather the storm".

"Yesterday's throne speech outlined future tax incentives for companies that invest in net-zero carbon technology, but zero reference to the companies that are actually doing the major heavy lifting and investing in green technology, with the support of Alberta's government".

O'Toole said he watched Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland make a round of TV interviews Wednesday night and found it troubling that she didn't signal any limit to the government's willingness to spend. "We know that the debt levels are getting very high". He said the NDP will secure this commitment in writing in the legislature.

The next question becomes how quickly the government can get the bill through Parliament.

But the federal government's new to-do list contains few specific measures for Nunavut, northern Canada or Indigenous peoples.

"So my first big speech as Conservative leader was at 1:30 in the morning". He also said that as a country "we must keep making progress on reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada".

Early in the speech, Payette, reading test prepared by the Prime Minister's Office, said, "This is not the time for austerity". Canadians need more accessible, affordable, inclusive and high-quality child care.

But the Canadian government has so far refused to approve rapid medical testing for COVID-19 - with results available in minutes instead of days - that is already approved by other countries.

"The speech from the throne offered some hope in recognizing particularly hard hit sectors, including aviation, but time is of the essence: without action, the damage done to airports and the communities they serve may take years to fix".

Pallister said wait times will continue to escalate if the federal government doesn't renew its responsibility as a partner in funding healthcare. "They don't feel well, they're concerned about their health". A vote on the speech has not yet been scheduled.

Scott Moe and other premiers had also asked Ottawa to increase funding for health care ahead of today's speech. And it was clear the Bloc won't be satisfied with anything less.

Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland downplayed the criticism pointing out to government investment to clean up orphan wells in Alberta and the COVID-19 benefit programs the federal government had introduced.

The government says the economic impact of COVID-19 on Canadians has already been worse than the 2008 financial crisis.