The prime minister’s rare televised address was little more than an echo of the throne speech and an overtly-partisan listing of government actions already taken, Don Martin writes in his latest column for CTVNews.ca.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened the new session of Parliament with a reprioritized national agenda, fixated primarily on how to keep financially supporting Canadians through COVID-19, while repairing the inequalities the pandemic has exposed.
In a new speech from the throne, the Liberal government detailed its plan to face the coming second wave of COVID-19, support Canadians and businesses that are still struggling because of the pandemic and boost the economy for longer-term recovery.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to do more to help provinces respond to soaring demands for COVID-19 testing but there is still no indication of when the government will approve the tests that can deliver results in mere minutes.
The Trudeau government says it will launch a new fund to draw investments in green technology as it seeks to strike a balance between the competing visions of environmental advocates and legacy industries.