The NDP was on the attack in the Saskatchewan legislature over the rising debt.
Opposition critic Cathy Sproule says the deficit will reach close to one billion dollars this fiscal year because of poor management, scandal and waste.
She says billions of dollars have been added to the total debt of the province.
Finance minister Kevin Doherty says the province’s population is at a record 1.15 million people.
He says provincial debt is being used for schools, hospitals and roads and the debt ratio is far better than the NDP’s massive debt.
Under the NDP, he says annual debt interest was 900 million dollars, and now it is below 300 million dollars.