Premier Greg Selinger has put the federal government on alert over the potential for major spring flooding.  Selinger spoke with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the likely need for additional resources to protect communities and to assist in damage clean up.



In other news, the province is proposing legislation that would give new Canadians time off work to attend their Canadian citizenship ceremonies. Premier Selinger says about 4,500 immigrants a year are sworn in as Canadian citizens in Manitoba. He says the proposed legislation recognizes the significance of this occasion.



Under the proposed legislation, new Canadians would have the right to ask their employer for 4 hours off work to attend their citizenship ceremony. The request would have to be made at least 14 days before the event.