There's something in the federal government's throne speech for everyone - at least that's the view from a senior local Conservative MP.
Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam MP James Moore said he expects his government's throne speech to be well received.
"I think there's lots of stuff in there about which people will rally around," he told the Tri-Cities NOW following the speech on Wednesday.
The throne speech included promises to bring forward anti-cyberbullying laws, legislation that requires governments to balance the budget and a whole host of consumer-related measures. Moore said the cyberbullying agenda is one he felt close to, adding a new criminal offence will be added called non-consensual distribution of intimate images.
As industry minister, the MP also touted several consumer-related initiatives in the throne speech. The government pledged to reduce cellphone roaming fees within Canada, allow consumers to unbundle their cable TV packages and drop fees for people who receive paper versions of their utility bills.
"The best thing any government can do to help consumers is to give them more power," Moore said.
In response, New Westminster-Coquitlam NDP MP Fin Donnelly said there are pros and cons to the speech, but noted his party was already proposing some of the consumer-related measures.
"It's a good sign that they're listening, not only to the official Opposition but to Canadians," he said.
Though Donnelly credited the government for tackling the issue of cyberbullying, he suggested the throne speech didn't offer anything new around issues of mental health, affordable housing or transit.
"There are still concerns for average hard working Canadians and families," he said.
The MP also questioned whether the Tories could stick to their own balanced-budget law, arguing Conservative governments have traditionally run the largest deficits in history.
Donnelly also suggested the biggest issue not addressed in the speech was the environment and climate change.
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