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