The leaders of Saskatchewan’s two largest political parties took part in the only televised debate of the election campaign on Wednesday night. The one-hour debate saw Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe and NDP Leader Ryan Meili going head-to-head.
A panelist of journalists – Global’s Allison Bamford, CBC’s Adam Hunter, Postmedia’s Murray Mandryk and Vanier Scholar Merelda Fiddler – asked the party leaders questions centred on COVID-19, the economy, health care and Indigenous issues.
Both leaders were asked about how they would prevent the spread of COVID-19, and if that includes a mask mandate, with Moe saying the public health guidelines that remain in place are effective.
“We have a very clear masking policy that is there today. If you can create that physical distancing a mask is not required,” Moe said.
Meili said he would like a threshold implemented that would require masks. He also criticized Moe on failing to speak out about the anti-mask movement.
While both NDP Leader Ryan Meili and Sask. Party Leader Scott Moe agreed their parties need to engage with Indigenous communities, both had opposing views on how it should be done, with Moe saying engagement needs to come by investing in their economies and Meili stating that more needs to be done to “close the gaps” in healthcare, education, justice and employment.
Moe also said that his party has a plan to balance the budget by 2024, and accused the NDP of having “no plan,” saying that Meili “has a plan to make a plan to balance the budget.”
The debate was a first for Moe and Meili, who both won their party leadership contests two years ago.
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