Moe touts disabilities support, Meili campaigns in Sakatchewan's north

SASKATOON — The Saskatchewan Party promises to increase support for people with disabilities if they're re-elected, party leader Scott Moe told a campaign stop in Saskatoon on Saturday.

Moe pledged funding over three years to pay for eight support workers including interpreters and interveners for the deaf and deaf-blind population, an investment he said would amount to about $1 million.

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He noted if the province is growing and creating jobs, it will have the resources to continue to support people who may need assistance.

The Saskatchewan NDP, however, said in a news release that the Sask. Party government cut health services for thousands of people who need hearing aids, repeating an earlier criticism the government hurt seniors by cutting their supports.

NDP Leader Ryan Meili, who was in La Ronge on Saturday, promoted his party's $5 million commitment for a suicide prevention strategy.

Meili also noted other pledges for northern regions in the party's platform, such a promise to restore the Northern Teacher Education Program, as well as take a Saskatchewan-first approach to procurement so that northern workers are hired to build infrastructure projects in their own communities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 10, 2020.

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