LA RONGE, Sask. – Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall is boasting about his government’s record in the province’s north, while criticizing the NDP’s election promises. Wall is on the campaign trail in La Ronge, where he’s thanking people for their efforts during last summer’s forest fires and evacuation.
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NDP Leader Cam Broten said on the weekend that he would establish a Ministry of Northern Saskatchewan, hire more mental-health workers for the region and establish an air ambulance base.
He also pledged to reduce electricity rates for northern residents and businesses and to improve cell coverage and broadband Internet.
The northern constituency of Cumberland could be hotly contested as La Ronge Mayor Thomas Sierzycki, who is running for the Saskatchewan Party, faces NDP incumbent Doyle Vermette.
The Saskatchewan Party also put out a news release Monday that said there’s no cost attached to 18 promises in the NDP’s election platform.
The Sask. Party calls the plan reckless and says it would lead to ballooning deficits; however, the NDP has repeatedly said the platform is fully costed.