The Progressive Conservative Caucus has seen private members’ legislation passed during this session, addressing our children’s safety, women’s rights, school bus drivers and the preservation of our historical and cultural fabric.
“Our MLAs have introduced many pieces of legislation to benefit and recognize the achievements of Manitobans,” said Opposition Leader Brian Pallister. “As a strong and united PC team, we are able to put forward positive ideas that have been made into law, while holding the NDP accountable for their waste and mismanagement.”
The Public Schools Amendment Act moved by Morden-Winkler MLA Cameron Friesen will ensure safety of our children is primary in the construction of schools. A safety analysis must now be conducted with each such project to determine changes needed as a result of increased pedestrian traffic, so we experience no further tragedies.
School bus drivers will have an official day to acknowledge their valuable contributions, thanks to legislation presented by Lac Du Bonnet MLA Wayne Ewasko. School bus drivers have a tremendous responsibility to safely transport students in all parts of the province to and from schools, sporting events, field trips and other activities. School Bus Driver Day will be the third Wednesday each April.
The Centennial of Manitoba Women’s Right to Vote Act represents Charleswood MLA Myrna Driedger’s commitment to honouring the contributions of Manitoba women past and present. In addition to her work as the Opposition Critic for the Status of Women, Driedger is a board member with the Nellie McClung Foundation. Thanks to her dedication, January 28, 2016 - the 100th anniversary of the day that Manitoba women were granted the right to vote - will officially be known as the Centennial of Manitoba Women's Right to Vote.
Our province is home to the world’s largest fossilized specimen of a prehistoric marine reptile we know as Bruce the Mosasaur. Thanks to the Coat of Arms, Emblems and the Manitoba Tartan Act presented by MLA Friesen, the mosasaur is now officially known as the fossil emblem of Manitoba.