Focus on spending for NDP

Trent Wotherspoon (left) and Ryan Meili (right) share a laugh during the Northcote Gala on Wednesday in Prince Albert. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon shared a stage during their stop in Prince Albert, but the event was more friendly than confrontational.

The two provincial NDP leadership candidates made the trip to act as co-Master of Ceremonies at the Northcote Gala on Wednesday. They also met with Mayor Greg Dionne and Prince Albert city councillors to get a handle on the issues facing the community.

Afterwards, both leaders took time to talk about what they say is unfair treatment being given to Saskatchewan’s municipalities by the provincial government.

“There were big costs downloaded onto the cities, with no consultation, and that’s really a very difficult thing for cities to manage, where their budgets are limited, they can’t run a deficit,” Meili said.

Wotherspoon, who stepped down from leading the NDP on an interim basis to consider entering the race, echoed those sentiments.

“We’re hearing from municipal leaders about broken promise after broken promise, from the funding perspective to municipalities, through to no movement on the hospital, through to no movement on the bridge,” he said.

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