Braid: Detached from reality, throne speech ignores Canada’s biggest economic problem

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“Canada cannot reach net zero without the know-how of the energy sector, and the innovative ideas of all Canadians, including people in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador,” intoned Governor General Julie Payette.

“The Government will support manufacturing, natural resource, and energy sectors as they work to transform to meet a net-zero future, creating good-paying and long-lasting jobs.”

And then this: “The Government will immediately bring forward a plan to exceed Canada’s 2030 climate goal.”

Clearly the climate action agenda will be briskly accelerated.

Premier Jason Kenney said “the federal government doubled down on policies that will kill jobs, make Canada poorer and weaken national unity . . .

“Not one word recognized the crisis facing Canada’s largest industry — the energy sector that supports 830,000 jobs, directly and indirectly.”

Premier Jason Kenney takes part in a press conference on the Province's response to COVID-19, in Edmonton Monday April 6, 2020.
Premier Jason Kenney on Monday April 6, 2020. Photo by David Bloom

Just a year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would talk about how the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which his government bought, would help provide wealth to transition the economy.

Now the word “pipeline” does not appear in his throne speech. In the Liberal mind these realities have passed from inconvenient to nonexistent.

The federal Conservatives immediately said they will vote against the agenda. Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, typically fierce, said his party will turn thumbs down if Trudeau does not reverse himself and supply the health care funding demanded last week by Premier Francois Legault.


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