Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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WINNIPEG. x-07s. A Manitoba judge plans to decide by March whether to overturn a law that forbids provincial politicians from switching party caucuses. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sheldon Lanchbery reserved his decision today in a lawsuit brought forward by Steven Fletcher. He was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus last summer. Under a provincial law, he must sit as an independent until the next election and cannot join another party's caucus in the legislature. His lawyer, Bill Gange (GANZH'), says Fletcher now has a harder time in Question Period.

("...as an independent.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

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TAG: Gange says the law violates Fletcher's constitutional rights to free expression and association. …

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