He will influence the debate, but he has no chance of winning.
It was most of all, safe. There's nothing really that the opposition can get a handle on and hammer the government with in that throne speech.
The idea of him penalizing his home province is obviously a very difficult one politically, and he didn't want to discuss it in any significant way.
(The government) is afraid that Canadians, seeing the bodies, seeing the coffins, that the images are so strong it's turning people off on the mission.