The newly elected Conservative government will introduce a digital economy strategy, “seek swift passage of copyright legislation” and welcome foreign investment “that benefits Canada,” it said in a speech from the throne Friday to open the 41st Parliament. The Conservative government's speech, read by Governor General David Johnston, said the government will promote innovation through investment and implement a digital economy strategy “that enhances digital infrastructure and encourages Canadian businesses to adopt digital technologies and provide digital-skills training for their employees and new hires.” Former industry minister Tony Clement had said prior to the election that the digital economy strategy would be released May 2. His successor, Industry Minister Christian Paradis, did not offer a new timeline in his first speech as industry minister Tuesday. The throne speech said foreign investment helps Canadian companies by “introducing new technologies and practices” and that the government would “welcome foreign investment that benefits Canada.” The speech did not announce any specifics about the telecom sector, for which amendments to the Telecom Act's foreign ownership rules could be forthcoming. The government said it will “seek swift passage of copyright legislation that balances the needs of creators and users.” The previous copyright reform legislation, Bill C-32, died on the order paper in March. The speech also said it would lead an open data initiative to provide citizens and the private sector with improved access to the workings of government.