CENTRAL NOVA REPORT BY PETER MACKAY
On October 16th Governor General David Johnston delivered the Speech from the Throne, outlining our Government's priorities to open the second session of Canada's 41st Parliament.
While steeped in tradition as old as our Westminster Parliamentary system, the Speech from the Throne is an insightful look into what our Conservative Government hopes to achieve over the course of the next two years.
This speech, entitled 'Seizing Canada's Moment', spotlights the steps that our Conservative Government intends to take in order to affirm our country's acclaimed economic performance, and make life more affordable for hardworking Canadian families. Measures like continued tax relief, balanced budget legislation, and consumer protections against cable and cell phone companies will ensure that our families remain strong and independent, and that our country stays on sustainable fiscal footing.
Also contained in the Speech from the Throne was an important commitment from our Government to continue to make our streets and communities safer. We will ensure that victims are the primary focus of our justice system moving forward. Our Government is committed to providing tougher sentencing for those who commit sexual offenses against children. We are working hard to draft legislation that criminalizes cyberbullying; because our nation cannot suffer another tragic loss at the hands of cyber crime.
After extensive consultation on victims’ rights in every province and territory across Canada, our Government has now committed to creating legislation for a Canadian Victims’ Bill of Rights, to give victims a voice in the justice system. I had the pleasure of holding a town hall just last week here in Central Nova about justice issues, and the insights and courage of those who joined were truly inspiring. This is where my drive to improve our Justice system and enter public life began nearly 20 years ago. It is fitting that the input of my constituents will play a role in these important improvements to our Justice system.
Our Government’s work to build on Canada’s security and prosperity continues. The second session of the 41st Parliament will be busy as we work to implement the commitments we have made to you, and to all Canadians.
Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova