The Manitoba NDP is calling on the provincial government to show leadership in the loss of Greyhound bus service. Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says it’s the loss of an essential service. He says it’s going to have a huge effect on northern Manitoba noting how many people use the bus to access health care so now what are the options for people, does everybody fly, so there’s really been no thought by the government when Greyhound announced their pull out to what plan B is. He explains sometimes there are services that are essential to the people, particularly to people of the north, that aren’t going to make a lot of money but they still need the service.
Lindsey adds last week the Pallister government signaled its plan to privatize Lifeflight Air Ambulances. He noted private companies like Omnitrax with the rail line and now Greyhound bus cannot always be relied on to provide essential services so without Greyhound or Lifeflight northern patients would be forced to wait for expensive, charter airplanes to access the essential health care they need.