Here, the PSSA has been passed by the legislature and has received royal assent. However, it has not been proclaimed, and thus, in legal parlance, the PSSA currently has “no force or effect.”
However, whenever laws like this are placed in passed but not proclaimed limbo, there’s always a reason, and generally a good one. For example, if the government is going to make changes to the personal income tax code, they will make sure that the law isn’t in force until the first of the year to avoid confusion with any mid-year changes. But I don’t see any reason nor any explanation for why the Government of Manitoba would wait here.
The PSSA is supposed to save Manitobans money by limiting costs of public servants’ salaries. It was passed in 2017 as part of the governments stated fiscal objectives for both 2016 and 2017, so, then, why wouldn’t it also be immediately proclaimed? Are you saying that you actually don’t know whether these measures are necessary yet? And if so, are you waiting to see whether you can achieve your financial goals without it? Then why even bother passing the PSSA, because isn’t that tantamount to saying you don’t know if you need it yet?
On the other hand, if you already knew that you had to have the PSSA in 2017, and you seem to be saying that you did, then why not go ahead and proclaim it the minute you passed it? Do the deed and use your defence of necessity if that’s your rhyme and reason for having the legislation in the first place.