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Middle-class tax cut and new child benefit top priorities in throne speech

The tax cut was touted as an “immediate priority”, with the speech by Johnston, referring to it as “the fair thing…and the smart thing to do for Canada’s economy”.

After all, Trudeau is already grappling with tough challenges, especially on refugees and climate change, and the latest economic news leaves no doubt he’ll also have to work hard to deliver a feeling that noticeably better times are at hand for Canada’s middle class.

Recognizing that Canada is fundamentally a safe and peaceful country, the government will continue to work to keep all Canadians safe while at the same time protecting our cherished rights and freedoms. They say it appears the Liberals are giving up on a commitment to cap budget deficits at $10 billion dollars annually over the next 3 years.

The government promised to work with indigenous peoples to improve their lives, namely by implementing recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, launching an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and improving education for First Nations children.

Trudeau promised to make government, Parliament and public data more open.

The tax cut for middle-income earners won’t help those in the lowest tax bracket, but the government also made its new child benefit a key initiative in the throne speech that will help them if they have children.

Trudeau added: “We will restore Canadians’ trust in their public institutions, including the House of Commons and the Senate, by working with greater openness and transparency”. The prime minister’s mandate letter to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Trudeau wants a process that included the provinces and territories, and Canadians may hear more about that today.

Former prime ministers John Turner, Joe Clark and Jean Chretien sat together to Johnston’s left – perhaps meant to celebrate the non-partisanship that is sometimes required even in the most political of venues.

Invest in clean technology and introduce new environmental assessment processes.

The speech did not specifically address Trudeau’s promise to repeal controversial provisions in the anti-terrorism legislation passed by the previous Conservative government, or the decision to withdraw planes from the bombing mission against Islamic radicals in Iraq and Syria.

The Liberals promised to strengthen Canada’s relationship with its global allies, “especially with our closest friend and partner, the United States”.

Canada’s new Liberal authorities again promised legalize marijuana in a speech outlining its agenda as Parliament resumes after the October 19 election.

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