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Nov 21, 2023
Most throne speeches following elections involve recitations of campaign promises
The Manitoba legislature gets back to business Tuesday with the first throne speech from the newly elected NDP government.
The first session of the 43rd legislature is scheduled to begin this afternoon, when Lt.-Gov. Anita Neville is slated to read a speech outlining the priorities of Premier Wab Kinew.
Parties in power typically do not make many new policy announcements during throne speeches. Historically, incoming parties repeat announcements from recent campaigns.
Kinew’s New Democrats were elected on Oct. 3 on a platform primarily consisting of health-care pledges, most notably a promise to reopen three Winnipeg emergency rooms.
The NDP also committed during the election campaign to a temporary pause on the provincial gas tax, a one-year freeze on Manitoba Hydro rates and the creation of more social and affordable housing.