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April 11, 2024

Premier Invites Manitobans to Share Perspectives on Updating Prayer Read in Legislative Chamber

The Manitoba government is seeking input as it works to refresh the prayer read by the Speaker at the opening of each legislative session, Premier Wab Kinew announced this morning at the ninth annual Multi-Faith Leadership Breakfast.

“Every day that the legislature is in session, we begin with a prayer – and that prayer has gone unchanged for many years,” said Kinew. “We believe it’s time to update this opening to ensure it captures who we are as Manitobans today. There is space within the words we share each day for more Manitobans to feel grounded and to pause for reflection. That’s why I’m inviting Manitobans from all walks of life to work with us to ensure that who we are as Manitobans, as one Manitoba, is reflected.”

To ensure the legislature opening remains relevant to Manitobans from all walks of life and reflects the values and priorities of Manitobans, the Manitoba government will host a roundtable to gather perspectives on changes to the legislature opening.

The current version of the prayer has been in place for at least 15 years, noted Kinew.

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