Winnipeggers show continued frustration for casino, hospital parking debate

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Winnipeg —  Winnipegers are expressing continued frustration with the costs for parking when they’re going to visit loved ones in the hospital, or going for themselves.

When the province was asked why casinos don’t charge for parking but hospitals still do, the province said to direct the question to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. The WHRA said the money made from parking fees goes directly back in to maintenance and infrastructure costs.

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Hospitals are publicly owned and so are casinos. It doesn’t cost people to park at the slots but it does if they need to admit themselves or visit a loved one at the hospital.

Erin Crawford with the Canadian Cancer Society said, “why are we able to find a solution where [casinos] are free and cancer patients pay? That’s tough.”
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When asked why the province doesn’t charge for parking at the casinos, Global News was given the following statement from the spokeswoman for the Minister of Crowns:

“The mandate of Manitoba’s New Government is to remove political interference from Crown Corporations. Parking at casinos is the responsibility of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, thus the Minister will not be commenting or interfering in this manner.”

The NDP Health Critic says it’s time this changes and the burden needs to be lifted off of visitors and loved ones in the hospitals that are paying for parking.