Argument over child- care spaces hits the playground in Saskatchewan election

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EMERALD PARK, Sask. - The argument over child-care spaces in Saskatchewan has been taken to the playground.

Premier Brad Wall visited a daycare in Emerald Park, just east of Regina, where he promised to create 2,000 new licensed child-care spaces in four years if his party is re-elected next Monday.

Wall says the Saskatchewan Party government has already done a lot for child care, allocating funding for 3,435 child-care spaces since 2007.

The party says the 2,000 new spaces would cost $1.9 million in the first year and that number would rise to $7.6 million in year four.

The Opposition New Democrats say Saskatchewan ranks last in Canada in the number of regulated daycare spaces available.

The NDP says the Sask. Party promise doesn't go far enough to help thousands of families without affordable child care.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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