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Manitoba Legislature Asks Local Government to Act Against Bigotry

August 14, 1959
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The Provincial Legislature has unanimously adopted a resolution inviting the Manitoba Government to introduce legislation barring discrimination in provision of public accommodation, services and facilities because of "race, creed, color, nationality, ancestry or place of origin" of the applicant.

The resolution was introduced by M. Baizley, Progressive-Conservative member from Osborne. It was welcomed by M. A. Gray, a Jewish member of the Legislature who has sought civil rights legislation for several years. He expressed the hope that a "Bill of Rights will follow this resolution in the not too distant future."

Mr. Gray recalled the defeat of his bill in the last session of the Legislature and reminded the house that "it is the clear duty of a democratic government to enact legislation to do away with the ill effects. of the prejudices that are being held." He said adoption of a Bill of Rights by Manitoba would be "a great stimulant to a Canadian Bill of Rights.

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