Flanked by three current nurses, Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew pledged $13.5 million over four years to hire 50 new nurses in targeted areas starting in acute care at an announcement Tuesday morning.
He also promised $1.8 million to pay for 75 new nursing spots at Red River College.
Kinew promised to train and hire more nurses in Manitoba while vowing to stop a current practice of firing them, something he says the current Tory government does.
PC candidates Cameron Friesen (Morden-Winkler) and Heather Stefanson (Tuxedo) will respond to Kinew’s plan they called “risky” in a news release.
The Tories are holding a news conference at 2 p.m. where they say they will share facts about the plan.