Need an expert? Speech from the Throne and New Session of Parliament

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Interior of parliament

Canada's parliament returns Wednesday with a Throne Speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau, who is mired in an ethics scandal, will unveil the Liberal government's plans for the country's pandemic response and recovery before facing a confidence vote.

Members of the media may directly contact the following experts:

Geneviève Tellier (English and French)
Full Professor, School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Penny Collenette (English only)
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

“A Throne speech from a minority government is always difficult. Does a government want to trigger an election or appeal for the support of other parties to hang on for another day?  In this case, not only is the government in a minority situation but also in the middle of global pandemic. Rarely before has any Canadian government faced such a human and political quagmire.

You can expect the Liberals to provide measures to address both immediate and short term needs while also presenting two to three long term goals, possibly related to climate change.”

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