With the help of the New Democrats, the minority liberal government gets a vote of confidence on Justin Trudeau’s throne speech, which was approved by a vote of 177-152 in the House of Commons.
Fortunately, an election was avoided.
According to NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, his party supported the speech given that it had won some key changes in legislation regarding jobless workers during the pandemic.
The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois had promised to vote against it. The new Green Leader, Annamie, Paul said her party’s three MPs would join them.
Paul confirmed approving some good things in the Liberals’ agenda-setting speech, but the Green party won’t support the lack of a plan to protect those living in long-term care as a result of the coronavirus.
“I’m not just speaking of seniors. I’m also speaking of people with
special needs and with disabilities. Those people are not protected.”
The Greens found fault the throne speech for failing to promise a guaranteed livable income, desired to make Canadians more resilient to economic shocks.
However, she Paul said was pleased hear many Liberal and New Democrat MPs discussing a guaranteed basic income, even before the throne speech.
“They call it a guaranteed basic income, we call it livable income,
because you need to be able to live on it and live in dignity,”
Paul added that she had been looking for at least an indication that the government was going to be introducing a pilot program.
Along the same lines that the government extended emergency pandemic benefits to those most in need was reassuring, but in her view, the plan leaves out some vital Canadians – such as students.
Furthermore, in her view, the liberal government is failing to show global leadership on climate change. Of course, the Green party could not support a plan that does not embrace it. After all, the climate emergency is as urgent today as ever.
“I will remind the prime minister that we were obliged to increase our
Paris (emission reduction) targets this year. It was a non-negotiable date.”