The Canadian economy will continue to be the focus for the Conservative government as it sets to deliver the throne speech on Wednesday, says MP Cathy McLeod.
And, no surprise, the 2015 general election is showing up on radar as well.
"Of course, we will continue to focus on the economy and jobs," McLeod said on Monday.
In addition, the Harper Conservatives will continue to chip away at their anti-crime agenda with harsher penalties proposed for those convicted of child-sex crimes, she noted.
She couldn't elaborate on the throne speech, which sets out the government's policy direction for the next two years of its mandate, but was aware of motions made by Industry Minister James Moore to bring more competition and consumer-friendliness to the cable and telecom sectors.
"I know local people would welcome it in terms of options," she said.
For the two-term backbencher, the new parliamentary session brings new responsibilities. She was recently appointed parliamentary secretary for the ministries of western diversification and labour.
Western Diversification in particular, a portfolio introduced 30 years ago by the Brian Mulroney government, can play a strategic role in oiling the machinery of Western Canadian economic growth.
"WD has some tremendous opportunities. I really think it can help leverage opportunities for both small and large enterprises."
Opposition critics point out that Governor General David Johnston will read the throne speech from the Senate, the focal point of a scandal that has hurt the Conservative government since the last session.