MP Glenn Thibeault says throne speech 'copies' NDP policies

Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault says that Wednesday’s throne speech, part of which focused on protecting consumers, takes a page right out of the NDP playbook.

Says Tories trying to distract Canadians from Senate scandal

NDP MP for Sudbury Glenn Thibeault. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault says that Wednesday’s throne speech, part of which focused on protecting consumers, takes a page right out of the NDP playbook.

“We saw some of the consumer issues come out and I think that’s important,” Thibeault, who is also the Opposition critic for consumer protection, told CBC News Thursday. “We’ve been proposing many of these things for a long time.”

I think it takes a lot more than just copying a few of my policies and my party’s policies on consumer protection to make Canadians forget about what’s going on in the Senate and the loss of jobs.- MP Glenn Thibeault

The throne speech, delivered by Gov. Gen. David Johnston in Ottawa yesterday, promised to address cell phone roaming costs and to end "pay-to-pay" policies that force people to pay for paper bills rather than electronic.

“Excessive bank fees and pay -to-pay — they took those right from our website,” Thibeault said, adding that his party coined the phrase pay-to-pay. “It’s almost been a year since we’ve been pushing that, and to hear it in the throne speech, that was exciting for us.”

But Thibeault also accuses the Tories of only focusing on consumer protection in order to distract Canadians from issues like the Senate scandal.

“I think it takes a lot more than just copying a few of my policies and my party’s policies on consumer protection to make Canadians forget about what’s going on in the Senate and the loss of jobs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bryan Hayes, Conservative MP for Sault Ste. Marie, says that the issues his party addressed in the throne speech are the ones Canadians have been asking for.

“When it comes time to actually implement the policies from our throne speech I’ll be very interested to see if Mr. Thibeault and his party actually support these policies that they say are theirs — and my guess is that they will not be supporting them,” he said.

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