Jagmeet Singh says he would ‘stand up’ to Brian Pallister if elected prime minister

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh took a swing at Manitoba premier Brian Pallister during a campaign stop in Winnipeg Tuesday.While in the city to announce parts of his party’s plan to deal with climate issues, Singh was asked to weigh in on the Progressive Conservative leader’s notoriously fraught relationship with Justin Trudeau’s government.He said things would be different with the federal NDP in power.“I would stand up and say this is the wrong way to go, it’s making it more difficult for families,” Singh said.Story continues below

“With Mr. Pallister there’s been some serious cuts that have hurt families, he’s cut education and health care and that’s hurt.READ MORE: Singh vows to build cross-Canada corridor for clean energy, electrify public transit“We know we can work with the people of Winnipeg to protect and expand our health care services which is better investments in their health care and we’re ready to do that.”The Pallister government — which was just elected to a second majority government in Manitoba — has come under fire from critics for its massive overhaul of the province’s health care system.Under the changes Winnipeg has gone from six hospital Emergency Rooms down to three.In October 2017, the Victoria Hospital converted its ER to an Urgent Care Centre and the Urgent Care Centre at Misericordia closed.This summer, the emergency rooms at Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals also closed.READ MORE: ‘A series of cascading failures’: Tech problems force backlogs, problems at provincial health facilitiesSingh said health care should be the top issue facing Manitoba voters in the federal election.“What we’re proposing is universal medication coverage and pharma care for all, that would alleviate a lot of pressure off the health care system, a lot of people can’t afford the medication they need and they end up in the hospital,” he said.“Mr. Pallister has brought in cuts to health care centres, hospitals, it’s been very difficult for people here.”The Pallister government fired back in an email to Global News late Tuesday afternoon.“It’s unfortunate that Jagmeet Singh-someone who is campaigning for the role of Prime Minister- would put false information on the record in an attempt to gain political points,” said a spokesperson for the Premier’s office.RELATED VIDEO: Manitoba Election: Voters see health care as one of biggest issues