** Bill 44 is now Bill 35 **


(UPDATE - November 2020): Bill 35 has been introduced to legislature. It is virtually the same as Bill 44 and will bring about the same harm. STAY ALERT.



Bill 35 is the Public Utilities Rate Payer Protection and Regulatory Reform Act introduced into the Manitoba Legislature on March 19, 2020 as Bill 44.


What are the negative outcomes of Bill 35?


- strips the Public Utilities Board of important impartial oversight

- can lead to the overt politicization of Manitoba Crown corporations

- will disproportionally impact vulnerable Manitobans


The PUB structure has served Manitobans well since 1913 as an independent, impartial, transparent, and evidence-based watchdog, acting in the best interests of all Manitobans.

Pausing Bill 35 and removing it from the Legislative Session would allow time for deeper discussions and improvements to this important piece of legislation.

An Open Letter to Minister of Finance, The Honourable Scott Fielding (October 15, 2020)
An Open Letter to Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister: Hit The Pause Button Now on Bill 44 (September 22, 2020)
Public Utilities Rate Payer Protection and Regulatory Reform Act
Survey: Manitobans value input and independent oversight at their crown corporations (September 2020)

Send a letter

Do you think that the government should be able to set electricity rates without any oversight?

Email your elected officials to let them know your thoughts and worries. Edit and sign a letter here.

Sign up to speak


Community members are able to register to speak to the Legislative Committee that will deliberate on Bill 35. A ten-minute presentation is allowed. Register to the Clerk's Office by phone: 204-945-3636 and indicate you want to speak on Bill 35.

For more information on Committee registrations and presentations: https://www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/about/faq/fact5.pdf