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Conservation officers deserve official recognition for their important contributions: Lagimodiere
A private member’s bill, the Manitoba Conservation Officers Recognition Day Act, introduced by Selkirk MLA Alan Lagimodiere was stalled again today when the NDP prevented a vote on it during debate on second reading. Bill 201 proposes to designate October 1 every year as Manitoba Conservation Officers Service Recognition Day.
“It’s disappointing that the NDP plays politics by holding up this proposed legislation, which would recognize Manitoba’s conservation officers and their dedication in their responsibilities for wildlife, fish, natural resources and protected areas,” said Lagimodiere. “Conservation officers comprise Manitoba’s third-largest law enforcement body and deserve to be honoured for their critical work through the passage of this bill.”
Last June, the NDP members of the Legislative Assembly used the same stalling tactic in ‘speaking out’ the debate period to keep Lagimodiere’s bill from a vote.
The Conservation Officers Act was passed in Manitoba on October 1, 2015, expanding the enforcement responsibilities of the province’s natural resources officers. That legislation also brought natural resources officers into the newly established Manitoba Conservation Officers Service and renamed them as conservation officers, with powers of peace officers.
Six conservation officers in Manitoba have died on the job since 1966. The dangerous enforcement work of conservation officers has become more important now that the Progressive Conservative government’s Wildlife Amendment Act has passed into law, putting new regulations on night hunting.