Liberal leader Stéphane Dion has criticized the Conservative Throne Speech, but has said his party will not vote against it. NDP leader Jack Layton—at his pompous puffed-up best—has indicated he will not support the government.
Preparing Canadians for an economic downturn was the theme of the Throne Speech as delivered by Governor-General Michaëlle Jean. The Speech warned that the government may have to run a deficit to protect Canadians from further pain during an economic downturn, but promises any new deficit era will be short-lived.
Unspecified aid for Canada’s manufacturing and auto sectors was also promised.