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Kinew Targets Provincial Health-Care Cuts in Campaign Launch

August 7, 2019 11:07 AM | News

Wab Kinew

Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew speaks to media following the delivery of Manitoba’s 2019 budget, at the Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski )

WINNIPEG — Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew has his sights set on the Pallister government’s health-care system overhaul to kick off his party’s election campaign.

Kinew, flanked by candidates and supporters at St. Vital Park Wednesday, launched his campaign during a rally with just over a month to go until election day.

“Manitobans are telling me they are worried health care won’t be there when their family needs it,” said Kinew.

“They are worried their kids won’t get careers that allow them to build a future here in Manitoba. And they are feeling the pinch because Brian Pallister has made their lives more expensive.”

The Pallister government has recently converted and closed some emergency rooms in the province in the name of cost-cutting efficiently and to reduce patient wait times.

Kinew says he would re-open emergency departments at the Seven Oaks and Concordia hospitals in Winnipeg, but not the Victoria General Hospital in the south end of the city.

The NDP has 54 candidates nominated to date, with two more nominations scheduled for Thursday. The party will also reveal its fully costed election platform tomorrow.

Pallister will make his own announcement today at 2 p.m. in south Winnipeg.

Manitobans head to the polls on September 10.