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NDP pledges to build ambulance station in Ile-des-Chenes

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The NDP will build a new ambulance station in Ile-des-Chenes to serve people living south-east of Winnipeg city limits.

Premier Greg Selinger said the new station would service residents of Lorette, Grande Pointe, St. Adolphe and Niverville.

"Rural families want to know that paramedics are nearby when their loved one is in need of emergency care," Selinger said.

The NDP said the new station will cost $750,000 to build and $500,000 a year to staff and operate, including the cost of leasing a new ambulance.

The new station is the third health-care related promise by the NDP in two days. Earlier today Selinger was at the University of Manitoba with Health Minister Theresa Oswald where the NDP promised to hire 2,000 more nurses if re-elected and train more nurse practitioners to work in the north and rural areas.

This afternoon the Progressive Conservatives outlined their own health-care platform, launching it in Oswald’s riding of Seine River.

The PCs want to steal the riding and others in south Winnipeg away from Oswald and the NDP to form the next government.

Former city councilor Gord Steeves is running against Oswald in Seine River.

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