Remarks following the swearing-in ceremony of members of the 29th Canadian Ministry
Hello, everyone. What a great day today.
At the end of the last election, Canadians gave us a clear mandate: to end the pandemic and move forward on the priorities of all Canadians across this country. And behind me, I’m extremely pleased today to introduce you to the team that will get the job done. Thank you, my friends.
We have a team of familiar faces and new faces that are ready to put all their strengths, all their hard work towards delivering for Canadians in the coming years, continuing to delivering… continue to deliver on real change.
There's a few things we know are top-of-mind for Canadians.
First of all, ending the pandemic for good.
Canada, as we all know, is a world leader on vaccination rates, but we're not out of this yet. We need to continue to remain vigilant, continue to support people struggling in places across the country, and continue to deliver on the priorities we laid out a few weeks ago on ending this pandemic. Whether it's vaccination mandates for public… federal public servants, whether it's moving forward to make sure that anyone getting on a plane or train is fully vaccinated, we've moved forward on those. We continue to move forward with the provinces and territories on rolling out and paying for proof-of-vaccination certificates for both domestic use and the provinces, but internationally as well. And we're also going to be moving forward with legislation to better protect healthcare workers from harassment and intimidation on their way into work.
We need to keep families safe and avoid lockdowns, not just for mental health, not just for physical health, but for economic recovery. And that’s the other big priority that Canadians expect us to focus on, to rebuild a strong economy that works for everyone, that will be inclusive, that will respond to the challenges of recovery with imagination and creativity, but most of all, support for industries, for the people who are going to create the careers of the future. That’s why we’re here to continue to support industries and sectors and workers that are hard hit by the pandemic while encouraging recovery in other sectors.
We are there and continuing with a straightforward promise we made to Canadians many, many months ago; that we would have your backs as long as it took, as much as it took.
And while we are still there to support the hard-hittest… hit industries from this pandemic, and workers in those hard-hit lockdown areas, we know that part of having people's backs is making sure our economy keeps growing. We’ve had good numbers already. We committed to a million new jobs back in the last Throne Speech over a year ago. We've delivered on that. We've now recovered 100% of the jobs we lost during this pandemic; the U.S. has only recovered about three-quarters of the jobs lost during the pandemic.
But we know there's more to do, from tackling the housing crisis, making sure that affordability remains top-of-mind for everyone working to serve Canadians, and continuing to move forward on historic childcare agreements to bring families $10-a-day childcare right across the country. We still have work to do in New Brunswick, Alberta and Ontario, as well as Northwest Territories and Nunavut, but I know we're going to get it done because families deserve that support.
The same focus and urgency we brought to the fight against COVID, we have to bring to the other enormous crisis Canada and the world is facing, and it’s climate change. We know that fighting against climate change and preventing biodiversity loss are key for Canadians and for people around the world. That's what we're going to continue doing here at home while we head to Glasgow and encourage and challenge the world to do even more, go even faster… as Canada has.
We need to ensure that the oil and gas industry stops increasing its emissions and starts reducing them, while being there to support the workers in these industries in finding new ways of working, new jobs and new careers for themselves, their families, their communities. We’ll be there for this transition that the planet is taking us through. We’ll continue to be there for people.
While we move forward on building a stronger economy, while we move forward on fighting climate change, we need to include reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in every job we take and every step of the way. Last week I visited the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, and it was an extraordinary moment to hear from them, to talk about the path forward, and to recommit ourselves to doing even more. We've done a lot but there's so much more work to be done. We've lifted close to 120 long-term boil water advisories over the past years, we've built or renovated close to 200 schools, we’ve passed historic legislation like the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People to move forward in partnership. But we all know, and this entire team is committed to doing even more, even faster, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.
We’ll continue to do the work to deliver for the middle class, for families, for seniors, for young people. We need to build a fairer, greener, more prosperous Canada. That’s exactly what we’ll do as a team.
We have a solid team of experience, commitment and passion to serve this country, and I can't wait to keep moving forward with them for everyone.
Thank you, everyone.