05/29/2012 10:30 EDT | Updated 07/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Pensions, minimum wage, lawn mowers could be debated at Manitoba NDP convention

WINNIPEG - Pensions, minimum wage and electric lawn mowers could be up for debate this weekend as the Manitoba New Democrats hold their annual convention in Winnipeg.

There are more than 160 resolutions up for debate, although most never make it to the convention floor because of time constraints.

One resolution, from the Concordia constituency association in Winnipeg, calls on the government to offer rebates to people who buy manual or electric lawn mowers instead of gas-powered machines.

Another resolution calls for the government to force employers to index pension plans to protect retirees from inflation.

There are also calls to raise the minimum wage, fund overnight bus service in Winnipeg and require mandatory testing for drivers over 80.

Premier Greg Selinger is to address the convention Friday, and federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is to speak on Saturday.