The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin has been a big supporter of the Cross Lake Community Health Complex Project. The Federal Government has put in 55 million dollars towards the Cross Lake Community Health Complex Project but the legislation for health care on reserve for health care in Manitoba divides responsibility between the Federal Government and the Provincial Government for certain programs and services and as of now the facilities to accommodate a birthing centre, renal dialysis, and a small wing of beds are on hold until the provincial government comes to the table.
Residents of Cross Lake sent 100 birthday cards to the Minister of Health Kelvin Goertzen that contained messages saying that they would like to see the birth of their children with their families by their side rather than leaving the community each time a baby is born.
Pregnant woman in Cross Lake must go to Winnipeg or Thompson to give birth to their babies since appropriate faculties to support woman going through labour do not exist in Cross Lake.
During question period at the Manitoba legislature recently Minister Goertzen said that he did have the chance to look at the birthday cards and he understands the stress associated with child birth.
He added that the Federal Government did make a commitment for the people of Cross Lake for a Health Care Facility and the Federal Government has not always fulfilled their commitments but he is hopeful that they will fulfill this commitment for the people of Cross Lake.