Canadians could be heading to the polls before the year is over. The prime minister is relying on support from at least one other party to avoid a federal election in the fall. However, Trudeau’s throne speech totally flopped with Canada’s leaders and they’ve got some pretty hefty demands.
On September 23, Justin Trudeau’s throne speech was read at the Senate.
While he promised a Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) extension and committed to creating 1 million jobs, he failed to mention things like a CERB extension, the energy sector and long-term care standards.
For neglecting to touch upon these things in his statement, the prime minister has risked support from the NDP, the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois.
In order to avoid a vote of no-confidence and a subsequent federal election, he needs the backing of at least one of these parties.
However, per CBC News, the Conservatives have already made it clear they have no intention to support the PM.
Responding to the speech just moments after it ended, the Conservative Deputy Leader described it as “another speech that is full of Liberal buzzwords and grand gestures with very little to no follow-up plan."
She said that it failed to mention national unity, the energy sector and agriculture, and thus the Conservatives are “very, very displeased with this speech from the throne.”
Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet was also critical of Trudeau’s efforts, saying that the plan “does not warrant the support of Quebec.”
"The only thing that we've seen from this speech from the throne is that this was the way for Trudeau to cover up h… https://t.co/b1suhhzWCd— CPAC (@CPAC) 1600893393.0
While he didn’t rule out Bloc support altogether, he said the PM must meet his terms to ensure his backing.
"Mr Trudeau has one week to provide unconditional transfers to Quebec for health care, otherwise the Bloc Québécois will vote against this throne speech," Blanchet said.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has been laying out similar conditions, after blasting Trudeau’s speech on Twitter.
For his party’s support, Singh wants a CERB extension and paid sick leave, a position he says has been made “very clear” to the prime minister.
Today, the government's throne speech was full of promises we’ve heard before A throne speech is just words on pap… https://t.co/CcmpiHWsyA— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1600890919.0
What happens next is now in the hands of the opposition parties, who will decide in the coming days whether they’ll officially support Trudeau’s government.
If they choose not to, Canadians could very well be heading to the polls before the fall is through.