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Matt Wiebe, MLA Concordia
May 10, 2017

International Nurses' Day

May 12th marks International Nurses' Day, and all this week our caucus has joined with people around the world to celebrate, honour, and thank nurses for the contributions they make to health care and the welfare of patients and families.

Across the province, nurses play a vital role in keeping our communities healthy, and I personally know many of the nurses that live and work in my constituency. From tending to our grandparents who are living in personal care homes to co-ordinating patient care, educating the public and helping our fellow Manitobans recover from surgery at our hospitals, nurses support not only the patients, but also their families and loved ones.

Recently, nurses have taken on a new role as advocates for our larger health care system by rallying with the public to stand up to the biggest cuts to our health care system in a generation.

Nurses understand acutely that this Conservative government's continuous pressure on the health care system is going to hurt front-line workers, patients and families. The Premier's decision to close three emergency rooms is going to affect their ability to provide quality patient care. They believe, as we do, that this government needs to stop thinking only about the bottom line and start thinking about the front line, because that's where health care matters in our province.

Madam Speaker, today's nurses are working harder than ever before to make sure our families and communities are healthy. They need to know they are supported, and they need to know that they have a strong future here in this province. That's what we should be thinking about as we honour them this coming Friday.

Thank you very much, Madam Speaker.