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CPAC Live: Speech from the Throne

Follow our live online coverage as Parliament returns from prorogation with a throne speech to open the new session.

Here are highlights from today's Speech from the Throne and CPAC's coverage, as presented during our live online platform Wednesday afternoon:

Speech From the Throne

The government promises to balance the budget by 2015 and introduce balanced-budget legislation.Andrew ThomsonOct 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Other fiscal highlights:
  • freezing the overall federal operating budget
  • further spending reductions
  • review of federal assets and pay/benefits in the public service
  • more performance accountability in the public service
The government will "continue to ensure that our natural resources sectors remain open to foreign investment when it is market-oriented and in the long-term interest of Canadians."

More health issues mentioned in the speech: more affordable adoption, renewed investment to research dementia and related conditions.

On railway safety, requirements for shippers and railways to carry additional insurance and "targeted action to increase the safety of the transportation of dangerous goods."

The government plans to commemorate several Canadian milestones and historic moments in the next few years:
  • 150th anniversary of Confderation - 2017
  • 150th anniversaries of the Quebec and Charlottetown conference that helped forge Confederation - 2014
  • 200th birthdays of Sir John A. MacDonald (2015) and Sir George-Étienne Cartier (2014)
  • 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One - 2014
  • 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War Two - 2014

On the Senate:

"The Government continues to believe the status quo in the Senate of Canada is unacceptable. The Senate must be reformed or, as with its provincial counterparts, vanish. The Government will proceed upon receiving the advice of the Supreme Court."

Read the Supreme Court submissions:

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