Ottawa, ON – Today Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, is seeking further specific information following the reading of the Trudeau government’s maiden Speech from the Throne.
“I viewed this Throne Speech through a rural and environmental lens,” said Sopuck. “It contained only about a quarter of the substance of our Conservative Government’s previous Throne Speech. The Trudeau Throne Speech was light on details and there are many questions still to be answered.”
“I am looking for specifics from the Trudeau government, on which policies they intend to implement, and whether those will hurt or help Manitoba’s rural communities,” Sopuck said. “For example, Trudeau pledges to introduce ‘new environmental assessment processes.’ We have often seen that these processes are abused and drawn out, and have the effect of killing jobs and limiting resource development.”
“It remains to be seen whether the Liberals will improve farm insurance programs, maintain support for Canada’s fisheries, keep Canada’s finances in order, continue to fund infrastructure projects in local municipalities, and respect Canada’s hunters and firearms owners.”
“I also want to see the Liberals complete the repaving of Highway 10 in Riding Mountain National Park – to which our Conservative Government committed $40 million – and that Canada’s national parks continue to receive increased support so that we can showcase Canada’s beautiful natural landscapes.”
Parliament sits from December 3-11, 2015 before Members of Parliament rise to spend Christmases back in their constituencies. Parliament resumes on January 25, 2016.
The Throne Speech formally opens each session of Parliament with the Queen’s representative, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, reading the government’s broad policy goals and objectives over their next term. It is read before an audience of Members of Parliament, Senators, justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, and military leaders.
To read the full text of the Speech from the Throne, visit: http://speech.gc.ca/en