Speech From The Throne - Strengthening Ontario's Economic Advantage - October
Introduction: Ontario's Economic Advantage Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislative
Assembly, people of Ontario. The Speech from the Throne is one of our best-known
Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislative Assembly, people of Ontario.
The Speech from the Throne is one of our best-known parliamentary conventions.
And yet, with your indulgence, I begin today in an unconventional way: with a personal
expression of gratitude to the many Ontarians who supported and continue to support my
ongoing efforts to champion literacy and mental health among Native youth in Ontario's
Ontarians donated more than 1.2 million books in a book campaign, now over, for native
communities. They supported the twinning of 100 native schools with public and
Catholic schools. And this past summer, five literacy and mental wellness camps were
launched in remote areas of the province.
I intend to push ahead with more summer camps in the coming year, which, I hope,
should cut into the shocking number of suicides among native children.
Thank you. Merci. Miigwech.
As Ontarians hail from every corner of the world, Ontarians are affected, and Ontarians
respond, when tragedy strikes around the world.
Your government has pledged to work with the federal government in aiding the victims
of this past weekend's massive earthquake in South Asia, and urges us all to consider
donating to relief and rebuilding efforts to help the millions left homeless, as we pause,
now, for a moment of silence, out of respect for the thousands who have been lost.
This is the Year of the Veteran, in honour of the men and women who have sacrificed
their youth, or made the ultimate sacrifice, so we could live in peace and freedom.
Your government and Ontario drivers show their respect and gratitude with a special
veterans' licence plate that bears the poppy.
This Assembly is marking the service and sacrifices of our veterans with a new Veterans'
Memorial -- the first memorial to be built on the actual grounds of the legislature in 65
Today, we are privileged to be joined by Major-General Richard Rohmer (Ret.), a veteran
of the Second World War, who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a fighter-
reconnaissance pilot from 1942 to 1945 and took part in the D-Day operation.
I ask him to stand, and I ask all of us here, on behalf of 12 million Ontarians, to show our
gratitude to him and all veterans.
I want to extend my personal best wishes to former Speaker Alvin Curling, who has
served his province well, and is about to serve his country equally well, in a diplomatic
I know you join me in finding it slightly ironic that someone who has generated so much
warmth would be leaving us for the Dominican Republic now, when winter is fast