Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle has once again called for the Manitoba Liberals to explain why they support what he says are cuts in health care spending by the federal government, amounting to $2B over the next decade.
Today was the second time in less than a week that the MLA has called for an explanation from the Liberals on his Facebook page. His thoughts were part of his weekly "MLA Report" for the Thompson Citizen.
Manitoba Liberal Party leader Dougald Lamont responded to Bindle's claims, saying that it's simply not true. Lamont told 102.9 CHTM that the cuts and funding changes were made by the Stephen Harper administration. Lamont said that he was opposed to it then, and thinks it's still a problem now.
The Manitoba Liberal Party leader said that the Trudeau government has in fact increased funding for health care since taking office, and that Premier Pallister tried to turn down funding.
Lamont went on to say that all the Progressive Conservative government has done is blame other people for why they're making cuts. He said that Liberal Party doesn't believe the cuts to health care are necessary, as the funding from the Ottawa isn't being cut. He finished saying that the PC Government promised $6B in funding, but ended cutting over $100M.
Dougald Lamont, alongside River Heights MLA Dr Jon Gerrard, was recently in Thompson as part of their "Health Care Check-Up Tour". The purpose of the tour was to go around to different Manitoba communities to listen to people about what they think works, and doesn't work, with the current health care system.