Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki is touting the contents of the federal government's Throne Speech, which was released on Wednesday.
“The Throne Speech proposes future actions that will deliver tangible benefits to Canadians,” said Komarnicki. “It is indeed all about securing the future, seizing the moment, and building on a strong foundation that we as a Conservative government have established.
“It is about continuing on the path of job creation, economic growth, reducing the deficit, and keeping taxes low. It provides the opportunity to secure the future and provide long term prosperity for our generation and our children’s generation.”
Komarnicki said the Throne Speech provides for a host of new initiatives like supporting greater competition in the wireless sector by addressing roaming costs on networks within Canada; providing Canadians with the opportunity to choose the combination of television channels they want; taking steps to address geographic price discrimination against Canadians; supporting victims of crime and punishing criminals; and introducing the Victim’s Bill of Rights and legislation to address cyberbullying.
The Throne Speech also introduces a number of new measures, such as:
*Balanced budget legislation during normal economic times, and concrete timelines for returning to balance in the event of an economic crisis;
*Spending controls by freezing the overall federal operating budget, targeting specific reductions and providing for a lean, competent and committed public service;
*Specific legislation empowering consumers in matters of finance;
*Legislation providing for nutritional information on food labels, requiring drug labels to be written in plain language, with the further requirement that the potential side effects of medication are accurately indicated and adverse side effects are reported;
*A one-for-one rule, in which for every new regulation added, one must be removed;
*Additional insurance for shippers and railways with targeted action to increase the safety of the transportation of dangerous goods.
Komarnicki said there will be a continuing emphasis on opening new markets for Canadian goods, services, and investment, as well as the removal of inter-provincial trade barriers. Measures will address the lack of key infrastructure that threatens to strand natural resources at a time when global demand for Canadian energy is soaring, he said.
“While the economy continues to remain the main focus, additional measures are aimed at improving First Nations education, consulting with First Nations on natural resources projects, economic development, job training, and job creation,” said Komarnicki.
The Throne Speech also states that the status quo in the Canadian Senate is unacceptable. Komarnicki says the Senate must be reformed or, as with its provincial counterparts, vanish. The government will proceed with this in mind upon receiving the advice of the Supreme Court.