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2nd Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 226

THE MANITOBA CONSERVATION OFFICERS RECOGNITION DAY ACT


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(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS An Act for the protection of game in the Province of Manitoba received royal assent in 1879, authorizing the Lieutenant Governor to appoint game guardians, the earliest predecessors of today's conservation officers, having the powers of constables to protect Manitoba's game and wild fowl;

AND WHEREAS The Conservation Officers Act received royal assent in 2015, bringing together enforcement officers responsible for fish and wildlife, natural resources and protected areas under a new organization known as the Manitoba Conservation Officers Service, and providing that conservation officers have the powers and protections of peace officers while carrying out their enforcement duties;

AND WHEREAS the Manitoba Conservation Officers Service is Manitoba's third-largest armed law enforcement agency;

AND WHEREAS since 1966, six Manitoba conservation officers have lost their lives in the line of duty, reflecting the dangers that conservation officers increasingly face in their daily work;

AND WHEREAS it is important to honour Manitoba's conservation officers for their selfless work, and recognize that conservation officers deserve protection and support in carrying out their important enforcement duties;

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

Manitoba Conservation Officers Recognition Day

1           In each year, October 1 is to be known throughout the province as Manitoba Conservation Officers Recognition Day.

C.C.S.M. reference

2           This Act may be referred to as chapter C178 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force

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

Explanatory Note

This Bill proclaims October 1 in each year as Manitoba Conservation Officers Recognition Day.