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1st Session, 40th Legislature

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Bill 205

THE MUNICIPAL AMENDMENT AND CITY OF WINNIPEG CHARTER AMENDMENT ACT (DEFAMATION PROTECTION)


Explanatory Note Bilingual Version (PDF)

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

PART 1

THE MUNICIPAL ACT

C.C.S.M. c. M225 amended

1           The Municipal Act is amended by this Part.

2           Subsection 403(2) is repealed.

3           The following is added after section 403:

Members' statements subject to absolute privilege

403.1       Any statement made or document used by a member of a council at a council meeting or at a meeting of a council committee is subject to an absolute privilege.

PART 2

THE CITY OF WINNIPEG CHARTER

S.M. 2002, c. 39 amended

4           The City of Winnipeg Charter is amended by this Part.

5           Subsection 497(2) is repealed.

6           The following is added after section 497 and before the centred heading "INSURANCE":

DEFAMATION PROTECTION

Members' statements subject to absolute privilege

497.1       Any statement made or document used by a member of council at a council meeting or at a meeting of a committee of council is subject to an absolute privilege.

PART 3

COMING INTO FORCE

Coming into force

7           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill protects municipal council members from defamation claims for statements made at council meetings.