Re­ac­tions to the speech from the throne

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - CANADA & WORLD -

“The prime min­is­ter had an op­por­tu­nity to present a real plan to Cana­di­ans, and he didn’t do that.”

— Candice Ber­gen, deputy Con­ser­va­tive leader

“I’m not sur­prised that the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment and Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau put out a lot of nice words in this speech. They’re very good at do­ing that. They’ve done it in the past. But what they haven’t been able to show is that they can back up those words with ac­tion.”

— NDP Leader Jag­meet Singh

“Ot­tawa has not lis­tened to the ur­gent and le­git­i­mate de­mands of Que­bec and the prov­inces, all of which need Ot­tawa to re­spect the ju­ris­dic­tions of the gov­ern­ment of Que­be­cers and those of the prov­inces, pri­mar­ily in health.”

— Bloc Québé­cois Leader Yves-françois Blanchet

“Dis­ap­point­ing throne speech for Que­bec. Does not re­spect prov­inces’ ju­ris­dic­tion over health. I am go­ing to dis­cuss it to­mor­row with the pre­miers of the other prov­inces.”

— Que­bec Premier François Le­gault

“To­day the fed­eral gov­ern­ment missed a crit­i­cal op­por­tu­nity to com­mit to a des­per­ately needed in­crease to the Canada Health Trans­fer. I will con­tinue to work along­side my pro­vin­cial coun­ter­parts to ad­vo­cate that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­vest its fair share in health care.”

— On­tario Premier Doug Ford

“I look for­ward to new fed­eral re­sources for child care, which is a shared pri­or­ity and would be a key pri­or­ity for a re-elected B.C. NDP gov­ern­ment.”

— B.C. NDP Leader John Hor­gan

“We heard a lot of the right words to­day, but we’ve heard too many of these prom­ises be­fore to sim­ply ac­cept them on faith. It is time for our fed­eral gov­ern­ment to fi­nally act — boldly and de­ci­sively — on the green en­ergy and na­ture-based so­lu­tions that can put peo­ple to work solv­ing our health, climate and in­equal­ity crises.”

— Keith Ste­wart, se­nior en­ergy strate­gist, Green­peace Canada

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