04/08/2015 10:03 EDT | Updated 06/08/2015 01:12 EDT

P.E.I. Grits pitch paramedic program, Tories promise less perks for politicians

SOURIS, P.E.I. - The Liberal party in P.E.I. is promising to spend $1 million on a program that would increase the role of paramedics in rural areas of the province.Premier Wade MacLauchlan says the community paramedic program would make paramedics available to visit people in their homes to help with less urgent medical issues while preserving ambulance services.The provincial Progressive Conservatives are committing to freeze pay for politicians until the budget is balanced and no longer provide the premier and cabinet ministers with a taxpayer-funded vehicle and credit cards.At his news conference in Summerside, Tory leader Rob Lantz said their accountability platform reflects a change in attitude and an end to government secrecy.