Throne Speech 2013

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Media Bites: Trouble Sleeping? Try One Dose of Throne Speech

Well, so much for a "different kind" of throne speech. Though Minister Moore and his bored allies in the press had gone out of their way to hype the idea that yesterday's state-of-the-Tory-agenda address to Parliament would be laser-like in its focus on the plight of Canada's middle-class consumers, Stephen Harper's #SFT13 ended up sounding very much like all the others -- hashtag notwithstanding.
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Mother Nature Is Unimpressed by PM's Speech from the Throne

Mother Nature seems to be a little out of sorts these days. In excruciating detail, the IPCC documents her unhappiness with anthropogenic (a.k.a. man-made) activity. She is even giving some early warnings directly to the PM and his Minister of the Environment. Mother Nature is not impressed and neither are Canadians.
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Harper Is Seizing the Wrong Century

You will not find a single word in the speech from the throne on solar or wind power, and certainly not a word on climate change. Why isn't Harper looking at products where the markets are expanding, say renewable fuels and related technology?
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A Throne Speech to Forget

Did Harper's throne speech succeed in hitting the long talked about reset button? Probably not. Will it bury the Senate scandal and move it off the political agenda and out of the public's mind? Definitely not.
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Harper's Throne Speech Was a Little Like Jell-O

The latest throne speech was an excursion extraordinaire, and by a happy coincidence the best description of it was first applied to the 2005 Ralph Goodale federal budget, and by none other than former CTV host and current Senator Mike Duffy: "It's a little like Jell-O. It's good for you, inoffensive and there's nothing here that seems to be very controversial."
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Harper Economic Record Attacked

OTTAWA - Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau took turns Thursday assailing the Conservative government's economic record, trying to chip away at Prime Minister Stephen Harper's perceived strength as a soun...
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How the Throne Speech Was Like an Episode of Seinfeld

Yesterday's Throne Speech was a Seinfeld-like moment -- it was about nothing. Instead of using the Speech from the Throne as an opportunity to finally lay out a bold vision for tackling the most pressing issues facing Canadians, the Harper Conservatives served up more political gamesmanship, gimmicks and recycled, old policies.
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Full Text Of Throne Speech

OTTAWA - Here is an unedited text of the throne speech delivered by Gov. Gen. David Johnston on Wednesday, as provided by the federal government:Honourable Senators,Members of the House of Commons,Lad...
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Throne Speech Highlights

OTTAWA - Highlights from the throne speech delivered Wednesday by Gov. Gen. David Johnston:— Legislation coming to require balanced budgets during normal economic times and strict timelines for restor...
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Media Bites: Canadian Media Love to Watch the Throne Speech

If you ever want an example of what it looks like when the media carries water for the government, just check out any Canadian news outlet in the run-up to a throne speech. Considering that throne speeches are basically just hour-long, ruling-party infomercials to begin with, there's something more than a little obnoxious about reporters and columnists falling over each other to endlessly "preview" the supposed "content" of the things. It's an overzealous style of journalism that regards the sharing every leak and scoop as a public good unto itself.
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Tories To Trumpet Canadian History

OTTAWA - Canada's official commemorative plan leading up to the country's 150th birthday highlights an arsenal of battles and wars, a smattering of sports and a nod to the Arctic, newly obtained docum...