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Manitoba premier says agenda to include paid sick leave for those with COVID-19


WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is to lay out its agenda in a throne speech set for Wednesday, but it remains to be seen whether the Opposition will co-operate.

Premier Brian Pallister says his plans include legislation to support paid sick leave for those affected by COVID-19.

Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government will also have to start from scratch on dozens of bills — addressing issues ranging from Sunday shopping to cannabis consumption — that were introduced earlier this year.

The Opposition New Democrats blocked the bills for several days in the spring, and then the Tory government only recalled the legislature for a few days after the pandemic started.

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NDP Leader Wab Kinew says the party is ready to push back on issues it doesn’t agree with.