Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives to Allow Sunday and Holiday Shopping

Giving you more freedom to choose when to buy your groceries: Pallister

A re-elected Progressive Conservative government will take action to give Manitobans more freedom of choice to buy groceries and go shopping on Sundays and statutory holidays, PC Leader Brian Pallister announced today.

“Like so many of us who enjoy camping, fishing or visiting Grand Beach in the summer, you deserve to be able to buy groceries for the week after enjoying your weekend with family and friends,” said Pallister. “We believe Manitobans deserve the freedom and flexibility to choose when to buy their groceries.” 

The PC Leader noted Manitoba’s Sunday and statutory holiday shopping laws are outdated, unnecessarily complicated and do not align with the expectations of Manitobans today. A re-elected PC government will repeal The Retail Holiday Businesses Closing Act to level the playing field for retailers and provide municipalities with a ‘fair say’ on Sunday and holiday shopping hours at the local level, he said.

“We respect the rights of local communities to choose for themselves, because local governments are best positioned to be responsive to the needs of their communities,” said Pallister. “We will ensure municipalities continue to have the authority to restrict retail hours of operations if they believe it is in the interest of their community to do so.”

The proposed changes will not affect the rules for Remembrance Day, which will still require businesses to be closed between 9am and 1pm.

Pallister noted Manitoba is the last western province to have restrictions on retail shopping on both Sundays and statutory holidays.

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