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:
- Nationality or national origin
- Ethnic background or origin
- Religion or creed, or religious belief, religious association or religious activity
- 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