The leader of the Manitoba NDP says that the best way to ensure that northern communities have doctors is to train them locally.
Wab Kinew spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson and said that in the long term, having locally trained doctors is one of the best ways for communities like Thompson and Flin Flon to retain health care professionals.
Kinew said that in the short term, there are options to attract doctors from other parts of the province (and country) such as offering a stronger financial incentive.
He also took time to address the decision by the Pallister Government to scrap the planned “Made in Manitoba” carbon tax, something that Kinew says is a mistake.
The former journalist said that his party had recently delayed the introduction of the tax because they wanted a plan that helps Manitobans be more environmentally friendly, as “what Pallister was proposing was basically just to take the money and run”.
Kinew added that now the Province is doing nothing for the environment.