POLITICS
11/01/2011 12:35 EDT | Updated 01/01/2012 05:12 EST

NDP says election platform will save people money; introduces online calculator

REGINA - The NDP has introduced a savings calculator that it says will let people figure out how much money they could keep in their pocket if the party is elected Monday.

Leader Dwain Lingenfelter says the online tool helps people measure how the NDP platform and increased potash revenue translates into savings.

The NDP argues the government can invest more in programs if it takes a bigger piece of the potash revenue from companies that develop the resource, which is used in fertilizer.

Lingenfelter says everyone should benefit from the boom coming from natural resources.

He says a family of four with two children in licensed child care could save $6,400, while a student who moves to attend university and gets the tuition freeze would save $3,300.

The calculator is on the NDP website at www.saskndp.ca/savings.