Clement touts Tory re-start with Speech from Throne, but it seems like déjà vu all over again
OTTAWA – Have we changed? Has the world changed? Most would say so. But not everyone believes that.
With all the time off the federal government has had this summer, to come up with a new encouraging vision would seem hopeful.
But yesterday’s federal buget was déjà vu all over again.
The Speech from the Throne had the same message as last time.
“Creating jobs, economic growth and helping hard-working Canadians get ahead remain the top priorities for the Conservative government,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement said in a news release Thursday, as the second session of the 41st Parliament opened Wednesday with the Speech from the Throne.
Sound familiar? Try this.
“Two and half years ago, Canadians gave our Government a mandate to create jobs, keep taxes low, and help make our streets and communities safer. When I visit constituents at their doors and at events in the riding, host roundtable discussions and meet with municipal and business leaders in Parry Sound-Muskoka, I hear we are on the right track with keeping the economy moving forward, ” said Clement.
“This Throne Speech is about making sure Canada is leading the world so that Parry Sounders and Muskokans – Canadians who work hard, pay their taxes, and play by the rules – can see real benefits.”
But you decide.
This second session of Parliament, as outlined yesterday, will place focus on the following areas:
1. Creating Jobs and Opportunities
Jobs and economic growth will remain our Government’s top priority. We will continue to create the conditions for new and better jobs across all sectors of our economy.
2. Supporting and Protecting Canadian Families
Canadian families work hard to make ends meet, and every dollar counts. That is why our Government will protect the interests of ordinary Canadians and put the rights of victims ahead of the rights of criminals.
3. Putting Canada First
Our government will protect Canadian sovereignty and keep Canadians secure. As a united Canada, we look confidently to our 150th anniversary and beyond. We will seize the moment before us.
“Our Government has already taken action to achieve greater competition for the benefit of Canadian families. Canadians know that competition is good for everyone. Competition lowers prices and helps keep businesses competitive,” said MP Clement. “We are committed to doing more to help families make ends meet, and get ahead.”
- Our Government will take steps to reduce roaming costs on networks within Canada.
- Our Government believes Canadian families should be able to choose the combination of television channels they want. It will require channels to be unbundled, while protecting Canadian jobs.
- Our Government will continue enhancing high-speed broadband networks for rural Canadians.
“Canadians are tired of hidden fees. They deserve to know the real cost of paying by debit or credit card. And they should not be charged more in Canada for identical goods that sell for less in the United States,” said MP Clement.
Clement says the federal government will:
- End “pay to pay” policies, so customers won’t pay extra to receive paper bills;
- Expand no-cost basic banking services;
- Work with the provinces and territories to crack down on predatory payday lenders;
- Empower consumers by requiring disclosure of the cost of different payment methods; and
- Take further action to end geographic price discrimination against Canadians.
For additional background and references on the Throne Speech, please visit: http://goo.gl/kj8ccZ
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