Friday, November 27, 2020

Meili and Notley rev up NDP troops as campaign enters home stretch

Meili and Notley rev up NDP troops as campaign enters home stretch

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Meili channelled the concerns of Karen from Prince Albert, Christine from Regina and Betty from Moose Jaw, who are respectively disillusioned with mental health supports, rising home care costs and the shutdown of STC, according to Meili’s telling. He said he’s running to be their premier.

“We work for every person in this province,” he said. “Not just the Sask. Party donors, not just the wealthiest few. We work to make sure everybody in Saskatchewan has a decent wage, that they don’t have to deal with deep cuts to the supports they rely on.”

Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leader Ryan Meili gets off a former STC bus at an NDP rally and outdoor concert at Evraz Place in Regina on Oct. 23, 2020. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Leader-Post

Party staffers were convinced that the rally upstaged a drive-in rally Moe held earlier that day in Saskatoon, where reporters detected roughly 100 motorists. Moe tweeted that more than 200 “folks” were on scene of his second “Big Honkin’ Rally,” though NDP spokesperson Sally Housser responded that, by that metric, the NDP event undoubtedly attracted some 600 folks.

The audience included candidates from across Regina and rural constituencies well beyond. Regina Pasqua candidate Bhajan Brar’s nephew arrived with four semi cabs to back up the rows of honking motorists, who sounded their approval for Meili’s speech, Nash’s performance and a Zoom message from Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley.

Notley said life under Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is hard, and Saskatchewan families can expect that kind of pain if Meili doesn’t prevail.

“Saskatchewan, you can expect more of the same, or worse, if conservatives get re-elected,” she warned.

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