NDP leadership candidates coming to P.A.

By Nigel Maxwell
January 31, 2018 - 12:00pm Updated: February 1, 2018 - 8:40am

Prince Albert will mark the next stop for the provincial NDP leadership debates.

Leadership candidates Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon will both be speaking at the Travelodge Saturday night.

Interim leader Nicole Sarauer made a stop in Prince Albert on Tuesday, meeting with Mayor Greg Dionne and later attending a cannabis forum at the John M. Cuelenaere library. Sarauer said she heard many of the same concerns from the mayor that she's heard in the past

"The impacts of the last budget are still sending shockwaves throughout the province, in particular the PST expansion and the impact that had on construction," she said.

Sarauer said cuts to job training programs and education have also had a devastating impact on the local economy.

"Some promises have been made to restore some of that funding, but that's not enough when we have a growing student population in Prince Albert," she said.

When asked for an example, Sarauer said the cutting of the Nortep, a teacher training program, has been devastating for La Ronge as many of the students can't get the same services that they once could.

The spring session will start in March and Sarauer said she plans to take many of the concerns she's heard back to Regina. She acknowledged there will be a different tone when government reconvenes.

"It's going to be very interesting because there will be a new leader on their side and a new leader on our side, so it’s going to be a very interesting time for Saskatchewan politics," she said.

The leadership debate starts at 6 p.m. Saturday night. The NDP will elect their new leader on March 3.


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