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NDP leader Wab Kinew accused the government of Premier Brian Pallister on Tuesday of failing to increase the number of spaces in personal care homes.
Kinew told the legislature that a freedom of information and protection of privacy request brought the answer from Manitoba Health that no new personal-care-home beds were built in 2016-2017.
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen wasn't perturbed. "We've already announced 250 new personal care home beds," Goertzen said.
Goertzen in turn accused Kinew of demanding new beds while voting against the Tory government's budget which includes the new beds.
"He can't suck and blow at the same time," said Goertzen, which had Speaker Myrna Driedger on her feet admonishing MLAs to use caution in their language, especially with students filling much of the public gallery.
Kinew said residents of Lac du Bonnet have raised $2 million, but still Goertzen refuses to build a promised personal care home.
Goertzen launched a tirade against the NDP, singling out former premier Greg Selinger. Six years ago, Goertzen said, Selinger and a government entourage went to Lac du Bonnet in what he described as government SUVs.
"They turned one spade of earth. They got back in the Hummers and never returned to Lac du Bonnet," he said.
Goertzen said that the former NDP government went years without building new personal care home beds, and only did so because they were "shamed" into it by Morden-Winkler MLA Cameron Friesen, now the finance minister.