Saskatchewan Party and NDP fight over the costs of campaign promises

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REGINA - Bickering over bookkeeping is dominating the Saskatchewan election campaign this weekend, with the two top parties arguing over the true costs of the NDP's campaign promises.

Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall started the day at a pancake breakfast in Regina, where he claimed the NDP's promise of resource revenue sharing with aboriginal groups would cost $1.6 billion.

Wall said a return to an NDP government on November 7 would mean a $900-million deficit over the next four years, even without the revenue-sharing promise.

The NDP fired back with accusations the Saskatchewan Party failed to factor in $400 million in extra revenue from potash.

They also say the Saskatchewan Party multiplied the NDP's promise for additional health care clinics by four times, and double-counted $25 million for University of Regina student housing.

The Saskatchewan Party countered that NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter isn't saying how much he'll raise taxes on potash, so there's no estimate of how much money will be generated.

Lingenfelter announced Saturday the NDP would improve community safety though a number of initiatives, including 40 new community police and extra funding for firefighters.

The party also pledged to extend cancer coverage under workers' compensation for volunteer firefighters, and $350,000 for police and equipment to crack down on Internet child exploitation.

The Saskatchewan Party shot back that the promises would only drive the deficit higher.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Party

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