Manitoba introduces bill proposing tougher fines for protesters

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has introduced a bill that proposes tougher fines and possible imprisonment for people interfering with critical infrastructure.

The owner or operator of the infrastructure would be able to apply for a court order to create a temporary protection zone.

Included would be oil or natural gas pipelines and provincial highways.

If a person were to go into the area, he or she could be fined $5,000 or jailed for up to 30 days.

A corporation could be fined up to $25,000.

A court would be able to designated an area where people could protest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2021.

The Canadian Press