Over the next week or so, we will be taking a recess at the Legislature until November.
Sitting through the summer months has resulted in some significant victories for the people of Fort Whyte. For example, we will be able to pass three private members bills into law that will improve the lives of Manitobans.
Seniors will benefit from tighter legislation designed to prevent identity theft. You often hear of seniors being targeted by scammers attempting to steal their identities, their money and their dignity. These scammers prey on the good intentions and desire to help someone. Our bill, championed by former Morris MLA Mavis Taillieu and Lac du Bonnet MLA Wayne Ewasko, sets up guidelines on the collection and use of personal information. It provides more safety and protections in the event that your personal information gets into the wrong hands. While this legislation helps all Manitobans, it particularly helps seniors.
There are growing numbers of young families moving to Waverley West and they will benefit from the newborn hearing screening legislation brought forward by Riding Mountain MLA Leanne Rowat. The Universal Newborn Screening Act will ensure parents of a newborn infant can have their child screened for hearing loss. This is a critical time in the life of a child and an early diagnosis of hearing loss ensures something can be done to improve that child’s life much sooner than before.
We are happy to finally be able to offer Fort Whyte’s children a better chance at success.
Special Olympians are the champions of life and deserved more recognition than they were getting for their effort. I am proud that the Progressive Conservative Party, and Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson, played a key role in getting a bill passed in the Legislature. They should be celebrated every day, so the least we can do is ensure Special Olympics get the recognition the organization deserves on a regular basis.
We worked hard all summer to improve everyone’s lives and with these victories, the lives of people in Fort Whyte will be better. That is a summer well spent.