Self-isolating ministers return to work
One of two Manitoba provincial cabinet ministers who were self-isolating after attending a recent mining conference in Toronto returned to the legislature on Wednesday after testing negative for the coronavirus, while the other is due back at work on Thursday.
Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said he was told of the test results on Friday, but stayed home for the recommended 14 days out of an abundance of caution.
Pedersen (Midland) said he returned from the conference with a head cold and decided to get tested.
“Even through the cold, I was feeling fine, but everybody’s a little sensitive about this,” he said in a brief telephone interview.
He said he visited his doctor who took a swab.
While at home, he tuned into the proceedings of the legislature via the Internet on his laptop. The business of the legislature has been stalled for five consecutive days as the Opposition NDP has continually raised matters of privilege to prevent the government from introducing bills.
“It was riveting stuff," Pedersen quipped.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke said the Agassiz MLA was working from home on Wednesday and is expected back in the legislature on Thursday.