Premier Heather Stefanson will make her first throne speech as premier this afternoon. Among many aspects of Manitoba life expected to be addressed is rural health care and the government's intention to re-examine the reforms and changes proposed for facilities in rural Manitoba.

The speech will also contain Stefanson's pledge to create a task force to address the backlog of surgeries in the province which Doctors Manitoba says is at nearly 136,000.

The throne speech will get underway at 1:30 this afternoon.