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Manitoba government, Opposition continue standoff in chamber

Tory house leader Kelvin Goertzen is calling on the NDP to let the normal business of the legislature go ahead.
Tory house leader Kelvin Goertzen is calling on the NDP to let the normal business of the legislature go ahead. Joe Scarpelli/Global News

The Manitoba government’s budget, which was supposed to be tabled last Wednesday, continues to be held up by a political standoff inside the legislature chamber.

The Opposition New Democrats have been using delay tactics to halt proceedings.

They say they are trying to prevent the government from introducing some 20 bills that could be passed into law this spring.

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If the holdup continues through to this Wednesday, those bills may not pass until the fall.

Last week, the NDP offered a compromise, saying it would allow the government to introduce its budget but not the bills.

Tory house leader Kelvin Goertzen says he won’t agree to that and is calling on the NDP to let the normal business of the legislature go ahead.

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Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew on the party’s budget-blocking procedures
Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew on the party’s budget-blocking procedures