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Fresh off an election win, Manitoba New Democrats to lay out legislative agenda

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s NDP government is set to lay out its plans in a throne speech at the legislature today, seven weeks after winning the provincial election.

The speech is likely to repeat many of the promises Premier Wab Kinew made during the campaign, including a plan to make Sept. 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday.

Among his immediate priorities is a temporary suspension of the provincial fuel tax, to take effect Jan. 1, to help people with inflation.

Kinew has also said one of his first bills will recognize Métis leader Louis Riel as the honorary first premier of Manitoba.

Other New Democrat promises include ending mandatory overtime for nurses and creating neighbourhood illness and injury clinics.

The legislature is scheduled to sit for 12 days before the winter break.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 21, 2023

The Canadian Press