Manitoba Legislature sits for only 37 Days in Past year: Shortest Amount of Days in Decades

May 29, 2020

Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, MB - Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew renewed his call for more sitting days of the Manitoba Legislature, as he noted it has only sat for 37 days in the past year.

“All Governments need to be accountable and transparent with the people - and the fundamental place that accountability happens is in the Legislature”, said Kinew. “The Pallister government has barely worked a month in the past year, and they should immediately follow the example of other provinces and get the Legislature back to work”.

Since June 1, 2019 the Manitoba Legislature has only sat for 37 days. With the indefinite adjournment of the House that could last until March of 2021, the government is poised to escape all accountability for the rest of 2020. Typically, the Manitoba Legislature sits at least 80 days a year.

“There is nothing requiring the government to face scrutiny of its actions for months. unless they acknowledge the basic fact that they should be accountable to the people of Manitoba and their representatives in the House”, said Kinew. “With job cuts at Hydro looming, massive confusion across the education system, and more cuts to our frontline services, the Pallister government needs to be accountable for its actions,” added Kinew.