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Visualizing the speech from the throne

Families, economy have figured prominently in past speeches

Last Updated: Oct. 16, 2013

The speech from the throne, delivered at the start of every new parliamentary session, lays out the government's goals. The speech, written by the Prime Minister's Office, is delivered by the Governor General in the Senate chamber.

The word clouds below were created using speeches dating back to 2007. The larger the word appears in the illustration, the more often it appears in each speech. The words "Canada," "Canadian" and "government" were omitted from the word cloud.

Throne speech - Oct. 16, 2013

The federal government introduced a law forcing future governments to have balanced budgets during 'normal economic times' and reforms to the way it manages spending. The consumer-friendly throne speech also promised to end the Canada-U.S. price gap, expand no-cost banking services, force disclosure of the cost of debit and credit payment methods and improve nutritional labelling. Changes in the telecommunications sector included steps to reduce cell phone roaming costs within Canada, unbundling TV channels and enhanced high-speed broadband for rural Canadians. | View full speech

Throne speech - June 3, 2011

The 2011 throne speech announced plans for greater accountability including Senate term limits, more seats in the House of Commons and requiring First Nations chiefs to publish their salaries and expenses. New tax credits for individuals and families were also announced. Other announcements included: strengthening of the anti-crime agenda; an increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement for vulnerable seniors; and the creation of an Office of Religious Freedom. | View full speech

Throne speech - March 3, 2010

Job growth and fiscal balance were among the key themes of the 2010 speech, as the government said it was planning on bringing the $56-billion deficit under control. The economic stimulus program, announced in the previous throne speech, was given a termination date of March 31, 2011. The government also announced a freeze on government salaries and announced a freeze on spending in government departments. | View full speech

Throne speech - Jan. 26, 2009

The federal government introduced its economic stimulus plan in the 2009 speech. As the economic crisis deepened, the government pledged to invest in new infrastructure, bolster the financial system and ensure access to credit for businesses and consumers. | View full speech

Throne speech - Nov. 18, 2008

The economic downturn figured prominently in the 2008 throne speech, as government agencies were warned they would receive funding for only essential programs and services. The Harper government also said it would not commit to a balanced budget in the short-term. Reforms for the Senate were also announced. | View full speech

Throne speech - Oct. 16, 2007

The Conservative government promised big tax cuts and new crime legislation in the 2007 throne speech. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government pledged multi-year tax cuts for individuals and businesses as well as a one-percentage point cut in the GST. The government also said it would strengthen Arctic sovereignty and announced plans to build a research station in the region. On the environmental front, the government announced it would not meet emissions targets set out in the Kyoto Protocol. | View full speech

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