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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General Michaëlle Jean share a light moment prior to the reading of the throne speech to begin the second session of the 39th Parliament in the Senate chamber, Oct. 16. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)

In Depth

The 39th Parliament

Throne speech

Last Updated October 17, 2007

What happened
The Conservative government unveiled its top priorities for the upcoming parliamentary session Tuesday night, promising major tax cuts, a vote to extend the Afghan mission until at least 2011 and new crime legislation.

Reaction
With the Liberals poised to cast the deciding vote on the future of the Conservative minority government, Liberal deputy leader Michael Ignatieff said his party will do what it considers in the best national interest of the country.

Your view
Do you believe that the throne speech will lead to an election or will the Liberals give their support and allow it to pass?

How we got here
A timeline of the Conservative government, leading up to the throne speech.

The leader everyone's watching
A closer look at Liberal boss Stépane Dion, whose direction will decide the fate of the government.

FAQs: What's a Throne Speech anyway?
Questions and answers about the Parliamentary tradition.

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