The value of the Throne Speech
as a systematic data source for students of public policy attention has been recognized for many years.
But for the Harper Government[TM] the most recent throne speech
reads more like a fad diet plan than something recommended by experts.
Two weeks ago in New Brunswick, on the heeis of a tonedeaf throne speech
But while her mute entreaty during the Throne Speech
to "Stop Harper" earned loud applause, her appeal in subsequent statements for "a Canadian version of an Arab Spring, a flowering of popular movements" provoked some fiery debate.
Like most Canadians, I was initially surprised by the announcement in the recent throne speech
that the Harper government planned to review the lyrics to our national anthem.
As the Honourable Steven Point, the Sto:lo Lieutenant Governor, said in the Throne Speech
, "If we get it right, it will be a significant provincial accomplishment for our times." That is an understatement introduced by a big "if."
The Throne speech
was characterized by its incommensurable methodological scope as a structuring orientation on the state of the Nation.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is delighted that the federal government has made a commitment in the last throne speech
to apologize to Aboriginal people for the sad legacy of residential schools.
Last October, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised in his throne speech
to launch the commission for truth and reconciliation and to make a statement of apology to close this sad chapter in our history.
The CHRA, which represents most community based nonprofit housing groups, calls on the federal government to use the coming Throne Speech
to commit to maintain the current investment in community housing.