PC Bills Supporting Manitoba Heritage, Parks, Generosity Receive Royal Assent

New laws recognize Manitoba’s heritage, support provincial parks, and celebrate community foundations: Ewasko

WINNIPEG — The spring sitting of Manitoba’s legislature ended Monday with three Progressive Conservative bills receiving Royal Assent to recognize Manitoba’s world-class geological treasure, support Manitoba parks, and celebrate the generosity of Manitobans.

Bill 201, sponsored by Official Opposition Leader Wayne Ewasko, designates mottled dolomitic limestone, commonly known as Tyndall stone, as the provincial stone of Manitoba. The unique fossil-rich limestone has played a significant role in Canada and Manitoba’s architectural history, with its first use dating back to the construction of Lower Fort Garry in the early 1830s. Today, the stone is quarried near Tyndall and Garson, Manitoba.

“Tyndall stone is the building block of our province and a showcase of entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that is Manitoba grown and Manitoba owned,” said Ewasko. “As stewards of this natural resource for more than a century, the Gillis family has shown a deep appreciation for the geological treasures of the province, and have worked tirelessly to ensure the stone’s recognition and preservation for future generations.”

Bill 211, sponsored by Riding Mountain MLA Greg Nesbitt, establishes a new specialty Manitoba Parks license plate to support the Provincial Parks Endowment Funds.

“These new license plates will promote Manitoba’s natural wonders and drive even more visitors to one or more of our 93 provincial parks,” said Nesbitt. “Every dollar raised will be reinvested back into the protection and revitalization of our parks, ensuring their beauty and ecological integrity for generations to come.”

Bill 202, sponsored by Spruce Woods MLA Grant Jackson, establishes April 26 as Community Foundation Day. This marks the date when Canada’s first community foundation, The Winnipeg Foundation, was established by William Forbes Alloway and his wife Elizabeth Alloway in 1921.

“Community foundations make meaningful and lasting contributions throughout our province, as well as the volunteers and donors who make it all possible,” said Jackson. “Manitoba is home to the most community foundations per capita in North America, and that is something to be proud of.”


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