Minimum wage bill and others expected to pass before Manitoba legislature break

Politicians at the Manitoba legislature are expected to pass a number of bills into law Tuesday evening before starting their summer break.

Among the bills expected to go to a final vote is one that would let the government raise the minimum wage above the $12.35 an hour that is scheduled to take effect in October.

The government has said it wants to remain competitive with other provinces and will determine a new minimum wage after consulting business and labour representatives.

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Another bill up for a final vote would repeal an earlier bill that imposed a wage freeze on some public-sector workers.

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Many other bills do not go to a final vote until the legislature resumes in the fall, including one that would loosen restrictions on the cosmetic use of lawn pesticides.

The Progressive Conservative government has been trailing the Opposition New Democrats in opinion polls, and an election is scheduled for Oct. 3 of next year.

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