WINNIPEG – The PC government’s throne speech is just a few days away, and its clear what the Manitoba Liberals want to see in it.
They released a long report on Friday outlining 98 recommendations to improve mental and brain health in the province.
They include getting people to eat more fish, taking vitamin D supplements, bringing psychologists under Medicare.
Interim leader Judy Klassen says they’ve been disappointed in the government since the election but they aren’t giving up.
“We do have a lot of hope for them,” says Klassen. “There are certain things, I’m sure, that won’t get approved but this one is based on behalf of what Manitobans have said they wanted and I believe they are trying to work toward a better Manitoba.”
MLA Jon Gerrard pointed out that most of the recommendations follow the idea of spending money to save money on health care.
However, he hasn’t been impressed with how the PCs have dealt with mental health issues since the election.
“The government needs to act,” says Gerrard. “They need to have this in the throne speech and they need to establish a working committee on optimal brain health in order to guide the government’s actions.”
Gerrard recognizes that with the throne speech on Monday it’s pretty short notice for the PC’s to change their plans but the Liberals say they have hope that the government will include their plans for increased spending on mental health initiatives.