After a week of a flurry of announcements – most notably, the departure of four NDP candidates – the second official week of the Saskatchewan election campaign is about to begin.
On Saturday, NDP leader Cam Broten announced two more candidates had been dropped from the ballot – this after the late-week announcements stating two NDP candidates had either stepped down or were asked to step aside.
The NDP is hoping to get new candidates in place quickly after losing two late last week over social media posts, and then another two on Saturday for the same reason.
Broten, however, did not let that stop him from the campaign trail.
Late Saturday, Broten again asked when the Sask.Party’s economic plan would be released saying “if it were good for families” then Wall would release it.
Brad Wall said Saturday the number one issue for Saskatchewan is the economy and jobs.
“Which party has the best team, the best plan, the best ideas to protect jobs that exist here today,” said Wall.
“We also talked about our record – the lowest unemployment rate in Canada and the second-strongest rate of job growth in the country from 2008 to 2015 – over 68,000 new jobs or 24 new jobs per day.”
Also over the weekend, Cam Broten is promising to hire frontline health-care workers and improve aboriginal education, whileBrad Wall continues to prod Broten for an economic plan heading into the second week of the provincial election campaign.
Broten said over the weekend the new federal Liberal government in Ottawa has promised to end the aboriginal school funding disparity, but he says if they don’t deliver, an NDP government would fill the gap and send the bill to Ottawa.
Broten also promises to eliminate $25 million of spending for upper management in health care and redirect the money for front-line care positions like nurses and continuing-care aides.
The Saskatchewan Party accused the NDP of a “disastrous economic record and lack of any kind of economic plan” in a weekend news release.