The Speech from the Throne, outlining the programme of the Government of Canada contains some promises dear to my heart:
- Our government will act on its promise to introduce legislation to end the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry.
- Building on the work of the national panel on First Nation elementary and secondary education, our government will engage with partners to make concrete, positive changes to give First Nations children a better education so that they can realize their dreams.
- It will support transparency for First Nations communities by requiring their chiefs and councillors to publish their salaries and expenses.
- It will also release and implement a digital economy strategy that enhances digital infrastructure and encourages Canadian businesses to adopt digital technologies and provide digital-skills training for their employees and new hires.
- This review will be focused on reducing the cost of government, while keeping taxes low and preserving transfers to individuals and provinces for essential things like pensions, health and education.
Amen. I hope some of the reforms envisioned will include lowering the cost and improving the performance of IT by adopting FLOSS. During the request for comments, my advice was to set FLOSS as the default and that only in exceptional circumstances should more expensive software be used.
Conditions I have seen in the North are long past due for reforms. Practices that evolved 100 years earlier have no place in the modern world and renewed emphasis on infrastuctural improvements and education is welcome. Now that the government has a majority in the House of Commons, they can easily push through lots of important legislation correcting errors of the past and making more sure a bright future for Canada.