26 January 2009

Issues with Speech from the Throne

Here's the full text of the speech.

The good:

The Government's agenda and the priorities of Parliament must adapt in response to the deepening crisis. Old assumptions must be tested and old decisions must be rethought.

At issue is by whose yardstick the "tested" assumptions are to be measured and whether "rethought" decisions will be changed.

The bad:

In pursuing measures to support the economy, our Government will also attend to the other important priorities that it set out in the Speech from the Throne to open the 40th Parliament.

Call me cynical, but the speech signals to me that we're in for more of this government's Jekyll and Hyde antics in the coming weeks.

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