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As flu season approaches, the leaders of two Manitoba political parties are promising no more lockdowns, no matter what public health situation emerges in the future.

During a party leaders' debate on Wednesday organized by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, PC Leader Heather Stefanson promised no more lockdowns.

Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont called the PC leader's stance irresponsible considering the PC government's handling of the pandemic. 

Manitoba had Canada's highest per-capita COVID-19 fatality rate during the second and third waves of COVID-19, from late 2021 and onward.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew, however, also promised no lockdowns, claiming if he becomes premier, hospital capacity will be improved to the point where Manitoba can handle more COVID-19 patients.