Fourth Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature
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THE MUNICIPAL AMENDMENT AND THE CITY OF WINNIPEG CHARTER AMENDMENT ACT (DEFAMATION PROTECTION)
(Assented to )
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
THE MUNICIPAL ACT
1 The Municipal Act is amended by this Part.
2 Subsection 403(2) is repealed.
3 The following is added after section 403:
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.
THE CITY OF WINNIPEG CHARTER
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5 Subsection 497(2) is repealed.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":
497.1 Any statement made or document used by a member of a council at a council meeting or at a meeting of a committee of council is subject to an absolute privilege.
COMING INTO FORCE
7 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.
This Bill protects municipal council members from defamation claims for statements made at council meetings.