Conservatives to outline policies on June 3

Mon May 16, 2011 2:48pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's new government will outline its policies and priorities on June 3, stressing the need to keep taxes low and focus on the economy, cabinet minister John Baird said on Monday.

The ruling Conservatives won a healthy majority of seats in the May 2 election, giving them a four-year term in office with the ability to push through legislation without facing much opposition.

Baird told reporters that the Speech from the Throne, in which the government outlines its main policies, would focus on "keeping taxes low, creating jobs, securing our economic recovery and laying the foundation for long-term prosperity".

He said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would soon reintroduce his latest budget but gave no precise details. Flaherty presented the budget in March but the government was brought down before Parliament could debate the fiscal plan.

The Conservatives promised to eliminate the budget deficit within the next five years without raising taxes and say they will also crack down on crime.

Ottawa also plans to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on wheat and barley exports from Western Canada.

Baird, leader of the government in the House of Commons, said Parliament would resume work on June 2, when legislators will elect a new speaker.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)