06/30/2015 17:48 EDT | Updated 06/30/2016 01:12 EDT

Manitoba politicians start summer break as premier's popularity remains low

WINNIPEG - The spring sitting of the Manitoba legislature has ended as questions remain over the NDP government's fate in next year's election.Premier Greg Selinger was already dealing with low opinion poll numbers and spent much of question period fielding queries from the opposition about NDP infighting.Selinger barely survived a revolt by five former cabinet ministers in March, and faced questions over $670,000 in severance payments to some of his top advisers who left amid the turmoil.The government passed more than 20 new laws, including one that bans tanning bed use by children and another that provides new supports for workers with post-traumatic stress disorder.One of the main points of contention was the NDP budget, which pushed back plans for balanced books and added to the provincial debt.The legislature is to reconvene Oct. 20, and the provincial election is slated for April 19.