DoNow: Should the Manitoba Legislative Assembly Accommodate Wheelchairs?

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A few weeks ago, Member of Legislative Assembly and former Member of Parliament Steven Fletcher received a ruling from the Speaker of the House that did not go in his favour.

In the spring session of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, Steven Fletcher argued that his Parliamentary privilege was compromised as he wasn’t able to access all areas of the chamber.  You can read about his initial point here from an article on the CBC website.

A few weeks ago, the Speaker of the House offered her ruling and suggested that his privilege was not being compromised. You can read about her ruling here from the Winnipeg Free Press website.

Finally, here is an interview with Steven Fletcher following the the Speaker’s decision that he did on CBC Radio’s Up to Speed:

Steven Fletcher also suggests that his concerns might be brought up with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. Under the Manitoba Human Rights Code, people can make complaints if they have been discriminated against on the following grounds:

  • Ancestry
  • Nationality or national origin
  • Ethnic background or origin
  • Religion or creed, or religious belief, religious association or religious activity
  • Age
  • Sex, including sex-determined characteristics, such as pregnancy
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital or family status
  • Source of income
  • Political belief, political association or political activity
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Social disadvantage

Do you feel that the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and the Government of Manitoba should make the chamber accessible for all Manitoban’s. Answer below or via Twitter, Vine, Instagram and by using the hashtag #DoNowMBLeg

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5 thoughts on “DoNow: Should the Manitoba Legislative Assembly Accommodate Wheelchairs?

  1. Yes, I think the Manitoba Legislative Assembly should accommodate wheelchairs because, everyone should be allowed the access all areas of the chamber no matter what sort of position they are in.

  2. I agree that the Manitoba Legislative Assembly should accommodate wheelchairs because every member should be able to have access to any of the areas, no matter if you’re in a wheelchair or not. It’s just right for people who are in wheelchairs to be able to have access anywhere in the chamber since they are still part of the MLA. By allowing this, it would show support to fairness.

  3. The Manitoba Legislative Assembly should accommodate wheelchairs, because everybody should be treated equally. People have the right to enter any areas of the building that are accessible. They may be disabled, but they are still people.

  4. The Manitoba Legislative Assembly should give space for people on wheelchairs because it is unfair for only giving a certain group of people more access to the building while the other can not. Therefore people with wheelchairs should be allowed to go in every chamber of the building so it is a lot more equal for people who are in wheelchairs.

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