Statement by Premier King on Federal Speech from the Throne
Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King issued the following statement in response to the federal Throne Speech:
“Collectively, as a federation, we need to continue to work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Canadians from the COVID-19 virus, while at the same time rebuilding our country. We can only do this if we work together as a country and as leaders. The Speech from the Throne shows that the federal government is willing to continue to invest in and support Canadians at a time when there is so much uncertainty ahead.
For the past six months during our weekly First Minister’s calls, I have been advocating for supports that will help Islanders navigate these challenging times, and I am pleased to see reference to these issues. These supports include the extension of the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), sector specific funding for industries such as tourism, increased funding for expanding access to high speed internet, and the need to modernize our employment insurance program. These supports will help communities, businesses, and everyday Islanders in the months ahead.
As we rebuild as a country, we need to commit to a more sustainable future. We need our federal government’s support for industries such as tourism, fisheries, agriculture and clean energy to ensure these industries are resilient and continue to be key pillars of our economy for years to come. Climate change drastically impacts these key economic drivers and I will continue to advocate to the federal government for the need to rebuild these industries to be more resilient in the face of a changing climate.
For the past number of years, we have led the country when it comes to early childhood and childcare. I look forward to working with the federal government on a national early learning and childcare system, to enhance what already exists in our province and further support young families on Prince Edward Island.
Canadians got us to where we are today – both historically and during this pandemic – by staying united. Collectively, we need to continue to address gender inequality, racism, and work towards reconciliation with our indigenous communities. Our federal government reaffirmed their commitment to work with provinces and Canadians to address these, and other inequities in our country.
Last, I look forward to future discussions among my provincial counterparts and our federal government on more stable and sustained health care funding and reaching a long-term agreement on the Canadian Health Transfer in advance of the next fiscal year.”
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier