Saskatchewan NDP leader promises cash to deal with rising COVID-19 numbers

SASKATOON — Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili says he would immediately add $50 million to support the fight against COVID-19 if he were to become premier.

Meili made the commitment at a campaign stop today in Saskatoon before Monday's provincial election.

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He said the money would provide comfort to families who are worried about how to protect one another as case numbers rise in Saskatchewan.

He also said $20 million would go toward hiring more nurses, care aides and cleaning staff and another $20 million would be used to reduce class sizes in schools.

The remaining $10 million would go to community-based organizations working with the most vulnerable.

Saskatchewan has 427 active cases of COVID-19 — a new record for the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2020.

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