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Introduction of Bill 225 - The Non-Disclosure Agreements Act by Dougald Lamont

On April 26, Dougald Lamont introduced, for first reading, The Non-disclosure agreements act limits the use of non-disclosure agreements in cases of sexual harassment, intimidation and misconduct. 

Bill 225–The Non-Disclosure Agreements Act

Mr. Dougald Lamont (St. Boniface): I move that Bill 225–[interjection]–oh, sorry.

      I move, seconded by the member of Tyndall Park, that Bill 225, The Non-Disclosure Agree­ments Act; Loi sur les accords de confidentialit√©, be now read a first time.

Motion presented.

Mr. Lamont: Non-disclosure agree­ments, NDAs, in Manitoba and indeed around the world have been used to silence survivors of sexual harassment, inti­mida­tion and misconduct in many instances. Manitoba Liberals have heard from many folks in the com­mu­nity who have been harmed because of being pressured into signing an NDA.

      The legis­lation requires that an NDA can only be enforced if it is the expressed wish and desire of the complainant. They must also have had an op­por­tun­ity to get in­de­pen­dent legal advice before they proceed with one. People who have signed NDAs may struggle because they cannot speak with family, friends or counsellors. When they can go to the police, they may be afraid to. We want to ensure that anybody who needs to is free to speak up.

      We look forward to the support of all members towards Bill 225.

      Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Madam Speaker: Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion? Agreed? [Agreed]

 

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