Trudeau spent the second half of his address reiterating parts of his government's plan for the country, which had been outlined by Governor General Julie Payette earlier in the day in a speech from the throne to open the new session of parliament.
"We need it to be visionary", said Catherine Abreu, the executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, about the throne speech coming Wednesday.
Wednesday evening, Trudeau is to give a separate and rare televised address to the nation to stress the urgency in fighting the pandemic. "I know that we will, we're Canadians and together there's nothing we can't do".
Despite the environmentalism, there was little talk of specific projects or regional breakdowns of support or funding, this included Winnipeg's North End Sewage Treatment plant, which Premier Brian Pallister said there had been positive talks about on Monday.
Opposition Conservatives quickly panned the speech for failing to include more support for provinces on healthcare and measures to control government spending.
The premier wasn't the only one who was unhappy with the contents of the speech from the throne.
The Liberals will need the support of at least one other federal political party to avoid possibly triggering a snap election.
"We must show our fellow Canadians that we value them and respect their contributions to our country", the Conservative Leader said about "western alienation" in Canada.
The NDP will support the minority government if certain demands are met, such as keeping in place benefits for those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.
Blanchet is now in isolation, having tested positive for COVID-19.
Trudeau's government also says the government plans to tax large internet companies operating in the country.
The CEWS has supported the wages of more than 3.1 million Canadian workers in each of the first four claim periods, lasting from mid-March to early July, according to government figures updated on September 13.
"The federal government will have your back, whatever it takes, to help you get through this crisis", referencing the 9 million people who used the Canada Emergency Response Benefit which is now being transitioned into a modified Employment Insurance program, as well as the employees who were hired back because their employers accessed the emergency wage subsidy program that is now being extended until next summer.
"I know that you're anxious", said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in his response.
"I very much look forward to new federal resources for child care, which is a shared priority and would be a key priority for a re-elected B.C. NDP government".
"I don't want an election because I don't think that will help people", Singh said.
"Given the progress that has been made, and our commitment to do more, the government is now focused on entirely eliminating chronic homelessness in Canada", Payette said.
The contract was eventually cancelled amid widespread criticism and questions about the appearance of a conflict of interest, and WE Charity later said it was closing its operations in Canada.
"We are making it very clear to the prime minister - if you want [NDP] support, if you want my support, then you have to stop the proposal to cut help to Canadians who can not get back to work and make sure you put in place paid sick leave for all Canadian workers", Singh said.