After Mavis Taillieu resigned as MLA in 2013, Greg Selinger waited almost a full year before calling a by election.
This means that for a year, the people of the Morris constituency had no representation in the provincial legislature! That’s the longest period of time a premier has waited to call a byelection for a vacant seat in Manitoba history.
Delaying Manitobans representation in such a way is wrong. And it is why we made fixing it part of our Open Government Initiative laid out in the recent election.
Only six weeks after the election, we have already taken action by proposing legislation that would require a by-election be conducted within 180 days of a vacancy occurring in a seat in the Manitoba legislature.
“The right to vote in free and fair elections is the engine of our democracy. This bill will ensure that every Manitoban is able to select a representative to be their voice in the Manitoba legislature within a reasonable timeframe.”
- Justice Minister Heather Stefanson
This is just the first step toward implementing our Open Government Initiative, which is going to help get Manitoba back on track after 16 years of NDP mismanagement.
Our PC Government has a profound respect for the voices of Manitobans, and we are committed to clean, open and transparent government.