Manitoba

Liberals promise $105M to treat mental illness and addictions

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman promised Friday to spend $105 million on community mental health and addictions treatment.
Liberal Leader Dr. Raj Sherman tested the blood pressure of people during a campaign event in Edmonton on Friday. (CBC)

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman promised Friday to spend $105 million on community mental health and addictions treatment.

If elected, the Liberals would spend $55 million over five years to build 300 affordable housing units for people who need long-term psychiatric care.

Another $10 million would be allocated to cover operating costs and increased community supports for those who need treatment for addictions and mental illness.

Sherman, a medical doctor, has made health care the top issue for his party, something he believes will translate into support for the Liberals on election day.

"If those critics on the other side want to label me as the one-issue candidate, of the number one issue on the planet, in this nation, amongst the G8 nations, hey, I'm happy to take that label on any day of the week," he said.

The province could save billions over the next twenty years with the proper investment in health and wellness, Sherman said.

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