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PREMIER Greg Selinger has apologized to the John Howard Society after security at the Manitoba Legislative Building Thursday blocked two of its leaders from entering, allegedly shoving one of them.
John Hutton, the society's executive director, and David Alper, its chairman, were at the building to drop off a petition opposing Bill C-10, the federal omnibus crime bill that the provincial government supports.
"Despite having been given advance notice of the delivery, security locked the doors to the building when we arrived with the petition," Hutton said in a statement. "At one point, the door was unlocked, but when I tried to enter, a security officer slammed the door, using it to push me out of the building."
Hutton said he informed Wolseley MLA Rob Altemeyer of the incident. Soon after, Selinger, who was en route to Winnipeg from Brandon, called the organization to express his regrets. The premier also agreed to meet with the society on Tuesday to hear its concerns with respect to Bill C-10.
The organization said it is satisfied with the premier's response. It was able to deliver its petition later in the day.
Matt Williamson, a spokesman for Selinger, said there was confusion on the part of security staff as to whether members of the society "intended to deliver a petition or protest inside the building."