AuthorRecksiedler, Greg

4th Session of the 42nd Legislature

The Fourth Session of the 42nd Legislature resumed with new Rule changes taking effect on September 28, 2022 (as discussed in the previous submission). The Session is scheduled to end on November 3, 2022. The Session began with the Speaker tabling the resignation of the former Minister Scott Fielding as the MLA for Kirkfield Park followed by the introduction of newly elected MLA for Thompson Eric Redhead. The first day of Session ushered in a new era in the Assembly, as due to rule changes MLAs are now able to wear Indigenous, traditional and cultural attire without requiring permission beforehand. Attire worn on this day included a ribbon skirt, a ribbon shirt, an Indian "Kurta Pajama" dress, a traditional Ukrainian shirt and a traditional African shirt.

The House also expressed its condolences on the first day regarding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The condolences were led by Premier Heather Stefanson, followed by the Leader of the Official Opposition Wab Kinew and Dougald Lamont, the Independent MLA for St. Boniface and Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party. During the period of mourning, prior to Session resuming, a Memorial Service for Her Late Majesty was held at St John's Cathedral, all flags on provincial buildings were lowered to half mast, black ribbons were placed on flags and portraits, the Centennial Flame was lit on Memorial Avenue and projections were placed upon the City Fountain and Central Tower of the Legislative Building. In addition, Books of Condolence were made available for those in the Legislative Building and the general public to sign.

These Fall Sittings will see the completion of the Estimates process in the Committee of Supply as well as the completion of Government Designated Bills. The House is required to complete consideration of five Designated Bills, detailed in the Autumn edition of the CPR, selected by the Official Opposition in the Spring for further consideration in the Fall. The House completed Second Reading of Designated Bills on September 29, 2022. At the time of this submission, Committee consideration must be completed by October 25, while Concurrence and Third Reading must be then completed by November 3,2022, with the five Designated Bills receiving Royal Assent before the House rises that day.

New Member for Thompson

On June 7, 2022, citizens of the constituency of Thompson elected Mr. Redhead, of Manitoba's New Democratic Party, as their...

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