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Manitoba Tories Show Some Support for Liberal Bill Banning Weight Discrimination

Manitoba Tories Show Some Support for Liberal Bill Banning Weight Discrimination

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Jon Gerrard
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dr. Jon Gerrard is shown prior to the televised debate, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Winnipeg, Man. A move to outlaw discrimination based on weight and size has moved a step closer to becoming law in Manitoba, although the government is not making any commitments. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – A move to ban discrimination based on weight and size under Manitoba’s human rights code has moved a step closer to becoming law, although the Progressive Conservative government has not yet committed to passing it.

Liberal legislature member Jon Gerrard has tried three times to get support for a private member’s bill that would add weight and size as grounds for human rights protection. He didn’t get any support for his previous two attempts, but the Tories have now voted in favour of sending Gerrard’s bill to a legislature committee for public hearings Wednesday night.

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Manitoba NDP Leader’s Criminal Past Fair Game in Legislature: Speaker

Manitoba NDP Leader’s Criminal Past Fair Game in Legislature: Speaker

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Judy Klassen
Judy Klassen speaks during a media availability in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The Speaker of the Manitoba legislature has rejected a request to forbid politicians from discussing their opponents’ criminal convictions and other troubles. Myrna Driedger says freedom of speech is integral to the parliamentary system, and legislature members have the right to speak their minds in debate. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – The Speaker of the Manitoba legislature rejected a request Monday to forbid politicians from discussing their opponents’ criminal convictions and other troubles.

Myrna Driedger rejected a request from Liberal member Judy Klassen, who wanted Tory government members banned from referencing NDP Leader Wab Kinew’s legal troubles during debates in the chamber.

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Rookie Party Leader Chided for Wearing Jeans in Manitoba Question Period

Rookie Party Leader Chided for Wearing Jeans in Manitoba Question Period

By The Canadian Press

Liberal Jeans
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WINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician changed his pants after being chided for wearing jeans in the legislature chamber.

Dougald Lamont, the Liberal leader who was first elected in July, found himself in the spotlight when NDP house leader Nahanni Fontaine stood up at the end of question period and complained that Lamont was wearing jeans.

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When Three’s Not a Crowd: Jackman-Atkinson

When Three’s Not a Crowd: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont addresses supporters after winning a provincial byelection in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Armed with a new legislature seat and more clout for his long-suffering party, Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says he intends to fight against the Progressive Conservative government’s cost-cutting agenda and for public spending to stimulate the economy and reduce the deficit. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Westman residents can be forgiven for forgetting that a provincial byelection just took place. While usually dull affairs, that wasn’t the case this time and the outcome could have an interesting impact on the province’s political future.

When the polls closed in the St. Boniface riding on July 17, the results were surprising.

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Feds Will Make Marijuana Legal in Canada on Oct. 17, Trudeau Says

Feds Will Make Marijuana Legal in Canada on Oct. 17, Trudeau Says

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reflected in a TV screen as he speaks at a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Canadians will have to wait until Oct. 17 — one month longer than expected — before they’ll be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date Wednesday during the last question period in the House of Commons before MPs departed for a three-month summer break.

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Ethics Watchdog Says Bill Morneau Didn’t Break Law with Pension Bill

Ethics Watchdog Says Bill Morneau Didn’t Break Law with Pension Bill

By The Canadian Press

Bill Morneau
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau arrives for a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 4, 2018. The federal ethics commissioner says Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not violate any conflict of interest laws in sponsoring a pension bill last year. Morneau found himself in hot water when he introduced pension-reform legislation, which critics insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell, his family company. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not violate any conflict of interest laws in sponsoring a pension bill last year, the federal ethics commissioner said Monday.

Morneau found himself in political hot water when he introduced the pension-reform legislation, which critics insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell, his family company. The finance minister rejected the allegations, which were among a series of ethical questions he faced late last year.

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Manitoba Politician Sorry for Saying Crash That Paralyzed Colleague Was a Gift

Manitoba Politician Sorry for Saying Crash That Paralyzed Colleague Was a Gift

By The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Thursday, March 27, 2014. A Manitoba politician is apologizing for saying a crash that left Fletcher a quadriplegic was a gift. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician is apologizing for saying a highway crash that left one of her colleagues a quadriplegic was a gift.

Judy Klassen, a Liberal legislature member, made the remark to former MP Steven Fletcher, who sits as an Independent in the Manitoba legislature.

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Several Resignations Hit Manitoba Liberal Party Ahead of Key Byelection

Several Resignations Hit Manitoba Liberal Party Ahead of Key Byelection

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 21, 2017. The Manitoba Liberal Party has lost some key members as its leader, Dougald Lamont, prepares to run for a legislature seat in an upcoming byelection. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Liberal Party has suddenly lost some of its key members in the lead-up to a byelection in which leader Dougald Lamont is seeking a seat in the legislature.

Party president Paul Brault, communications director Ian McCausland and a co-ordinator for byelection volunteers, Michelle Finley, all resigned this week.

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