City hall has made a sudden move toward a ban on smoking at outdoor patios.
Council voted 14-2 Wednesday afternoon to ask provincial health authorities to explore the idea of expanding the province-wide indoor smoking ban to outdoor patios.
Couns. Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) and Dan Vandal (St. Boniface) authored the motion, which was expected to wind up at executive policy committee in July.
But council voted to suspend its rules and debate the issue immediately.
Vandal said people who do not smoke deserve to be able to enjoy the short summer patio season without encountering second-hand smoke. Smokers can go elsewhere, he said.
This effort has historical precedent. Winnipeg enacted an indoor-smoking ban, at the behest of former North Kildonan Coun. Mark Lubosch, before Manitoba followed suit.
Given that provincial consideration is required, it’s unlikely an outdoor smoking ban could be in place any time soon, Vandal said.
The motion passed after a short debate. Couns. Justin Swandel (St. Norbert) and Ross Eadie (Mynarski) voted in opposition.