Pallister Would Study Health Care Wait Times
If elected Premier, Brian Pallister would send six months studying how to cut down your wait for health care.
Pallister says he would put together a task force including frontline workers to look at how to do it.
“The people at the frontlines have lots of good ideas. We need to incorporate these ideas into the actions that we’ll take. The six-month mandate gives us the time to make sure that we get this right. This is too important not to get right,” he said.
Though he has said the province needs to curb health care spending, he wouldn’t give the task force a budget.
Pallister would not give any concrete ideas on how he would reduce the wait, saying it’s important to do it smartly.
Bokhari Prioritizes Street Renewal Over Megaprojects
Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari would rather spend your tax dollars on street renewal, not megaprojects.
Bokhari says she would delay projects like a proposed bypass around St. Norbert in favour of plugging potholes.
“I think what’s backwards thinking is the fact that you’re talking about building a $400 million project when people can’t go a block without bottoming out their vehicles,” she said.
Megaprojects that are underway, like the Headingley bypass would go ahead. She also says she would not touch rapid transit – she’s in favour of it.
But she says projects on the table for the future, like eliminating lights on the south perimeter, would be reevaluated and perhaps postponed.
Selinger Promises Student Grants
Meanwhile Greg Selinger says he will turn student loans into non-repayable grants if he is re-elected premier.
“Those grants will allow people to make a real choice about how they can have opportunities to educate themselves and get the training they need to make their lives right here in Manitoba,” he said.
He’s also promising to provide free tuition up to age 25 for students who are in the child-welfare system and to double funding for scholarships and bursaries.
Selinger says the $40 million price tag for the NDP’s plan is affordable within the government’s fiscal projections.
The Manitoba Liberals have also promised to convert student loans into grants at a cost of $10 million.