ANALYSIS: PCs, NDP make different pitches on Manitobans’ top concern — health care

The most startling result from the Probe Research poll published this week was the clear and unequivocal choice of most Manitobans that health care was the number one issue in this campaign.And it wasn’t even close.Health care was identified as the top issue among 44 per cent of the 1,200 Manitobans Probe surveyed from Aug. 13-24. Jobs and the economy were second at 15 per cent.Story continues below

Watching this campaign, we’ve seen Wab Kinew and the NDP talk about health care as much as they could. When Kinew got questions in the debate about other topics, he pivoted to health care. This week, he promised to hire more nurses and end mandatory overtime. He’d re-open emergency rooms.READ MORE: ‘Tough love’: Pallister says he’s not afraid to say ‘No’ to get results in Manitoba health careBut for those Manitobans who are thinking about the quality of health care in the province as they prepare to cast their ballot Tuesday, is Kinew’s plan the right one or is Pallister’s the one to stick with?Pallister and the PCs point to a couple of things in defence of some of the controversial health care reforms they’ve brought in. First, there’s some data to support the claim that there’s been some modest improvement in some metrics, such as wait times for MRIs, since Pallister became premier. Second, the PCs want Kinew to defend Greg Selinger’s record on health care.WATCH: Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew urges Pallister to freeze Seven Oaks ER closure until after election