The Manitoba government will be listening to municipalities on the subject of rural health care.

That's from Premier Stefanson, who yesterday laid out her government's priorities in her first throne speech. Stefanson says that she heard from municipal leaders regarding health services, and assured rural Manitobans that improved health services are in the works.

Stefanson says that COVID has changed the way rural health care is delivered, and the province will be making changes. She also said her government is planning to introduce a homelessness strategy this winter, utilizing what the speech referred to as a "whole of government approach."

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Wab Kinew has responded to yesterday's throne speech. Kinew says the government's rural health care plan is lacking in details and does not address recent cuts to rural health services in places like Roblin.

Manitoba Liberals were also critical of the throne speech. Leader Dougald Lamont said the throne speech lacked urgency and leadership and was basically "more of the same".