Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says the Progressive Conservative government got a lot of work accomplished during the Spring Sitting of the Manitoba Legislature. The sitting ended June 1st, but MLA's were not allowed to talk about it until now because of a communication blackout period during a byelection in Winnipeg. Goertzen says a key focus of the government during the session was to get finances under control.
"(We did) a lot of things that we wanted to accomplish in terms of getting us back into the right fiscal framework for the future of Manitoba. So balanced budget legislation is important, bringing us back towards balance over a period of time that is responsible for government.
Specific to his portfolio, Goertzen notes a couple of bills that he introduced.
"Legislation that dealt with medical assistance in dying to ensure that medical professionals were able to adhere to their conscientious objections that they might have in performing a medically-assisted death, that they don't have to feel obligated or that there's going to be punishment if they don't participate. Another piece of health legislation deals with self-regulation of paramedics and moving in that direction, something that we committed to during the election campaign."
Goertzen notes the decorum in the Assembly was good during the Spring Sitting although debates did get heated at times.