Following a massive disappointment of a throne speech, Justin Trudeau has nothing left in the tank for Canadians. With much anticipation, really only fueled by the Liberals, this throne speech missed the target and Canadians feel neglected.
Despite the grandiose nature of throne speeches, they are difficult to react to because of the inherent lack of commitment which needs to be tied to one. Politicians can always talk the talk, but a throne speech shows nothing about walking the proverbial walk.
Although he put it very eloquently, all Justin Trudeau really plans to do is spend as much as he has been without too much restraint at all. Despite the irresponsible fiscal management, it must be brought to light that these spending habits do project to be quite effective.
To address one of the key public concerns at the moment, being jobs and employment, “the Government will launch a campaign to create over one million jobs, restoring employment to previous levels.” With this initiative, the administration will be spending big in the social sector to train new workers and to run incentives to grow and retain employment. Unfortunately, with vast and vague strategies like this, there is enormous opportunity for further corruption and unethical behavior. Naturally, one would like to assume the best ethical standards of their government, but with such extensive and recurring violations with this government, it is simply not reasonable to give them the benefit of the doubt.
The government has also announced that they will be extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy through to next summer. Subsidizing employment can be extremely destabilizing for an economy, but admittedly, a pandemic which is still significantly interrupting daily life as well as the economy at large is an acceptable justification for this extension.
As much as some of the government’s proposed programs like this one look to be very beneficial for Canadians, many others like the following are questionable at best and radically ideological at worst. “The Government will create an Action Plan for Women in the Economy to help more women get back into the workforce and to ensure a feminist, intersectional response to this pandemic and recovery.” It’s absolutely a clear need to create pathways for women to enter the workforce and climb the ladder of industry to break glass ceilings that unfortunately still exist. Having said that, the Prime Minister needs to stop throwing out buzzwords like intersectional feminism, which most Canadians likely don’t understand and have absolutely nothing to do with the pressing health and economic issues of the day.
What is needed at this point in time in this country is a cooperative federal government that is on the same page in terms of public health and the economy with every other level of government across the nation. This is not the time for virtue signaling and investments in non-essential programs.
Even looking at this throne speech, the government has taken the easy way out and not even put forward a real substantive action plan. This ‘new direction’ that was so hyped up by the Liberals is really just the same rhetoric that they campaigned on in 2019 with acknowledgment of the pandemic, only substantiated by fluff and unclear messaging.
The most pressing situation at this point in time is the health crisis caused directly by the pandemic. In this sense, the federal government has largely neglected cooperation with provincial Premiers, most of whom represent conservative parties. The Premiers have been asking for increased health transfers from the federal government for some time now since the pandemic entered Canada, and yet the Prime Minister has refused the intergovernmental partnership in favour of autocratically adjusting the health care system on his own. In doing so, Justin Trudeau is showing Canadians that he doesn’t trust the Premiers to carry out the will of the people who democratically elected them. Simply, Justin Trudeau doesn’t believe in democracy.
The Prime Minister has cheaped out on Canadians and shows no clear or detailed commitment in the present, while dumping debt on our future. This kind of government attitude is something that can not only bring a government down, but inherently destabilizes and undermines democracy itself. A pandemic is not the best time to hold a national election, but if this government fails to prove any capacity to keep Canadians safe and financially stable, democracy will impose its will on this faltering administration.