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NDP Leader Wab Kinew, seen here on Aug. 28, 2019, says his caucus is also working to block some 20 bills the Progressive Conservative government is planning to pass before the summer break.JOHN WOODS/The Canadian Press

The Opposition has blocked the Manitoba government from introducing its new budget.

The 2020-21 fiscal plan was to be delivered this afternoon, but the New Democrats ate up the clock by raising matters of privilege in the legislature chamber.

One by one, various NDP members of the legisalture stood up, talked very slowly and complained about a variety of issues.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew says his caucus is also working to block some 20 bills the Progressive Conservative government is planning to pass before the summer break.

Kinew says he’s standing up for families who may be hurt by the Tory government’s cost-cutting agenda.

Government house leader Kelvin Goertzen called on the NDP to apologize to members of the public who had come to hear the budget’s contents.

Media and interest groups were provided the contents of the budget earlier in the day, but are not being allowed to reveal it until the document is presented in the chamber.

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