Manitoba premier says agenda to include paid sick leave for those with coronavirus

The Manitoba government is to lay out its agenda in a throne speech set for Wednesday, but it remains to be seen whether the Opposition will co-operate.

Premier Brian Pallister says his plans include legislation to support paid sick leave for those affected by COVID-19.

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Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government will also have to start from scratch on dozens of bills — addressing issues ranging from Sunday shopping to cannabis consumption — that were introduced earlier this year.

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“COVID-19 has handed us new challenges, even greater than the ones before, but we are determined to face these challenges together as ‘Team Manitoba’,” said Pallister in a government release.

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“Our government is focused on protecting Manitobans and helping everyone stay safe and secure during these unprecedented times.”

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The Opposition New Democrats blocked the bills for several days in the spring, and the Tory government only recalled the legislature for a few days when the pandemic started.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew says the party is ready to push back on issues it doesn’t agree with.

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