Two long-standing events at the Manitoba legislature that allow members of the public nearly unfettered access to the historic building during the holiday season have been cancelled this year partly due to security concerns.
The cancellations are the latest signs of tightened security and fears for the safety of politicians, visitors and staff inside the stately building.
The annual legislature open house, normally held on a weekend in early or mid-December, allows people to freely roam the building, meet with politicians, and enjoy snacks and musical entertainment.
Not this year.
The head of the provincial civil service said security concerns and construction on the east side of the building, which has closed part of the roadway, are factors. And there are no guarantees the event will return next year.
“Significant construction on the property and security matters raised safety concerns for managing potentially thousands of visitors to the building in a short period of time,” Don Leitch, clerk of the executive council, said in a written statement Thursday.