NDP Opposition Successfully Block Government Legislation

March 18, 2019

The Manitoba NDP has successfully delayed the introduction of seven government bills with procedural tactics in the Manitoba Legislature today.

By raising several different Matters of Privilege—a procedural motion that allows Members to argue whether their privileges have been infringed upon—NDP MLAs blocked the government’s ability to introduce their bills over the course of two sitting days. Monday marked the absolute deadline that government could guarantee the bills would be passed before the House rises on June 3rd 2019.

“The Pallister government is attempting to bring in an onslaught of legislation which could potentially hurt Manitoba workers, teachers and families,” said Matt Wiebe, NDP Deputy House Leader.

“The public deserves enough time to carefully review these bills and make their concerns known. Our Official Opposition will continue to fight against Pallister’s agenda of ER closures, education cuts and attacks on workers.”

Wiebe noted the Official Opposition’s actions allow them to choose five previously-introduced bills to be held until November of 2019.

The full list of bills delayed introduction is:

  • Bill No. 29 The Workers Compensation Amendment Act

  • Bill No. 26 The Public Schools Amendment Act (Centralized Teacher Bargaining)

  • Bill No. 27 The Crown Land Dispositions Act.

  • Bill No. 22 The Business Registration Supervision and Ownership Transparency Act

  • Bill No. 23 The Conflict of Interest (Members and Ministers) and Related Amendments Act

  • Bill No. 25 The Municipal Amendment and City of Winnipeg Charter Amendment Act

  • Bill No. 24 The Minor Amendments and Corrections Act, 2019