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Mulcair Pledges $100M Mental Health Fund For Kids, Youth

09/15/2015 11:04 EDT | Updated 09/15/2016 05:12 EDT
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is continuing a multibillion-dollar health spending spree ahead of the economic debate on Thursday in Calgary.

Speaking in Lethbridge, Alta., on Tuesday, Mulcair promised to establish a $100-million mental health innovation fund for children and youth.

Mulcair says the four-year fund would include $15 million annually for health care providers and community mental health associations.

The NDP says it would also include $10 million per year for research and information sharing among health care providers across the country.

Mulcair has been rolling out big-ticket spending promises this week on health. They include a $40-million commitment for a national strategy on Alzheimer's disease and dementia, $500 million to build medical clinics and hire more health care professionals, and $1.8 billion to expand home care and palliative services.

The NDP leader has faced pressure to explain how he plans to pay for his costly promises while maintaining his commitment to balance the books.

Mulcair says the NDP will put forward a financial breakdown ahead of Thursday's debate. He is calling on Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to do the same.

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