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Manitoba politicians head back to legislature to pass budget

(PHOTO: Stefanie Lasuik, CityNews)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba politicians have returned to the legislature for the first time since the provincial election three weeks ago.

The Progressive Conservative government laid out its plans in a brief throne speech that promised to tackle addictions and crime, as well as improving health care and education.

However, it gave no details.

Premier Brian Pallister has already said the legislature will sit for an abbreviated, two-week sitting that will focus mainly on passing the budget that was introduced in the spring.

The first matter of business was the election of a Speaker to enforce the rules of the legislature and oversee question period.

Tory Myrna Driedger was re-elected to the position by her political colleagues over New Democrat Bernadette Smith and Liberal Cindy Lamoureux.

(The Canadian Press)