The Liberal government made no specific promises to the North in Friday’s Speech from the Throne, but Northerners will still be directly impacted by some of its key commitments.
Governor General David Johnston delivered the Speech from the Throne on Friday, Dec. 4. The brief speech opened the new session of Parliament and highlights the Liberal government’s legislative priorities.
Neither the North nor the Arctic were mentioned once. However, the Liberals made it clear that a major priority continues to be reconciling relations with Indigenous peoples, who make up the majority of the population in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and about a quarter of Yukon’s population, according to Statistics Canada.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Northern communities,” Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told Northern Public Affairs.