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Manitoba legislature will not sit until February, election in April

WINNIPEG — Manitoba politicians are leaving the legislature for the holiday break with a provincial election set for spring.

A three-week fall sitting has wrapped up with several bills yet to be passed into law, including one that would make aboriginal studies part of the school curriculum and another that would give the children's advocate more powers.

The legislature is set to resume Feb. 24 and sit for just 12 days before the election campaign officially begins.

Premier Greg Selinger says he is committed to the April 19 election date set in law and has no plans to go to the polls sooner.

Selinger says there will be, at the very least, a fiscal update in the new year and possibly a full budget before the election campaign.

The NDP government has been trailing in opinion polls since raising the provincial sales tax in 2013, and the Opposition Tories say they expect another tax hike in the new year.

The Canadian Press

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