Pallister Conservative government makes bizarre decision to close down the Legislature when there is still a lot of work to do.
Yesterday, the Pallister Conservative government effectively closed down the Legislative sitting without any indication as to when it will resume. It is a strange decision. The Manitoba Legislature when it sits each year has a defined body of work that needs to be accomplished. This includes the initial presentation of the budget, a budget debate and then a series of questions and answers on budget matters which are called Estimates. This is an opportunity for MLAs to ask probing questions on details of the budget, and for the MLAs and the public to learn more about the changes that are being made and why they are being made. In addition to this there are, each year, a series of bills brought forward by government and opposition parties. This year the government has put forward 62 bills and the opposition parties and government backbenchers have together put forward 17 private members bills. In addition to this work, during session there is a daily question period during wh