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Liberals zero in on environment, economy, taxes in throne speech – SaltWire Network

OTTAWA, Ont. —

The Liberal government, chastened at the polls on election day, laid out priorities for its new mandate in the speech from the throne Thursday, Dec. 5.

Those priorities includes lower taxes and lower carbon emissions, and a sharper focus on healthcare, safety, and reconciliation with Indigenous people.

The throne speech, that sets out the broad goals of government, is written by the prime minister’s office and delivered by the Governor General at a ceremony that takes place in the Senate.

It’s the first order of business for any new Parliament, with the exception of electing a Speaker. That took place Thursday morning.

Members will respond to the throne speech on a later date, likely after Christmas. As it is is a matter of confidence in the government, Trudeau’s Liberals, 13 seats shy of a majority, will need support from other parties to survive the vote.

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