Ottawa out to cut regional pull

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's recently elected Liberal administration pledged Monday to rebuild the country's federal system of government to forestall the regional tensions threatening Canada's future. The commitment came in the traditional policy-setting speech from the throne opening the 32nd Parliament. The speech, written by the prime minister but delivered by the governor-general, Edward Schreyer, warned that "in every part of Canada there are forces which are driving us apart," Monitor contributor David Milne reports.

The liberals pledged to fight disintegration through a "renewal" of the country's federal system of government, though details were not given.

The speech said that if residents of Quebec rejected independence in the forthcoming referendum in the French-speaking province, the federal government would interpret the vote as a call for "the rebuilding of the Canadian federation," not a vote for the status quo.

The government said it will pursue an active foreign policy, including a stronger role in NATO. The speech also announced that a Canadian disarmament ambassador will be working for arms control.

At home, the government said it would provide financial help for pensioners, ease the burden on homeowners and small businesses hit by high interest rates, and work to decrease foreign ownership of Canadian industry.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK