06/13/2013 04:55 EDT | Updated 08/13/2013 05:12 EDT

No end in sight to spring sitting for Manitoba legislature as bills blocked

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba legislature was supposed to rise for the summer today, but the session could drag on for weeks or months.

The Opposition Progressive Conservatives have used delay tactics to stall passage of the budget and more than 40 bills, in an attempt to stop a sales tax increase set for July 1.

Tory house leader Kelvin Goertzen says his party is going to do everything it can to stop the hike, which would raise the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven per cent.

Goertzen says his party is prepared to sit as long as it takes to convince the government to change its mind or put the tax hike to a referendum, as is required by law.

Government house leader Jennifer Howard says the NDP is prepared to sit through the summer as well, to ensure passage of the budget and bills, including a proposed anti-bullying law.