Manitoba party leaders focus on health
Manitoba's main three political parties focused in on health promises Wednesday, with expansions of various services being laid out before the voters.
The NDP said they would expand home care if re-elected on Oct. 4. Party leader Greg Selinger said he would set up what he calls "hospital home teams" to serve seniors.
The teams would include nurses, health-care aides, doctors and others would who make house calls.
Selinger said the program would first be introduced through the Grace, Concordia and Victoria hospitals in Winnipeg at a cost of $2.5 million a year.
He also used a campaign stop to take a swipe at the Progressive Conservatives, saying they introduced user fees and cut services for home care in the 1990s.
Advance voting numbers soar
Manitobans are flocking to advance polling stations in the province.
The advance polls opened on Sept. 24 and already 33,700 people have cast their votes, according to Elections Manitoba.
In the last election, 42,000 people took advantage of early voting.
The advance polls are open until Oct. 1.
Care home beds
The PCs, meanwhile, pledged to build a new personal care home in Dauphin if they are elected.
Leader Hugh McFadyen said his government would build a new centre with 40 beds in the community. There is a shortage of beds in the area, forcing some people to wait in hospitals for space to open, he said.
He and Selinger have made repeated trips to Dauphin during the election campaign. It's considered to be a swing seat up for grabs.
It is presently represented by NDP cabinet minister Stan Struthers, but the boundaries have been changed and now include a chunk of the former Tory stronghold of Ste. Rose.
Boost FASD treatment
The Liberals are promising to do more to help people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Leader Jon Gerrard said he would boost treatment and counselling services.
He also said he would reinstate a fetal alcohol registry to ensure that people with the disorder are provided the help they need.
Helping people cope with the disorder could curb the crime rate, Gerrard said.
The cost of his promise would be $3.9 million a year, he added.