This week, Parliament of Canada reconvenes for a new session. The new session will begin by our Governor General’s speech from the throne.
The speech is pronounced by the Governor General but it represents the new agenda and priorities of the government. The speech is then submitted to a vote, and after debate, must be adopted by Parliament.
Because we are currently in a minority Parliament, the government will need the support of at least one opposition party to move forward. If the speech from the throne is defeated, an election is a real possibility, as the Parliament would express non-confidence in the government.
The high volatility of a minority Parliament forces the government to be even more aware of priorities of opposition parties and Canadians in general.
In this context, on top of the public health and economic crisis, CUPW submitted its demands for new investments, better labour laws and for the climate emergency to be addressed in a meaningful way.