03/10/2016 04:00 EST | Updated 03/11/2017 00:12 EST

Party leaders on the Saskatchewan campaign trail pitch their case for rural vote

REGINA — The leaders of the two major parties have made their pitch to rural voters in the April 4 Saskatchewan election campaign.

Both Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall and NDP Leader Cam Broten delivered speeches Wednesday to the Saskatchewan Rural Municipalities Association convention.

Wall reminded delegates that his government cut the education property tax on farmland and improved a municipal revenue-sharing formula.

He also credited the agriculture industry for driving the provincial economy during tough times in the oil and gas sector.

Broten acknowledged his party didn't hold a single rural seat when the election was called, but promised to listen to rural concerns during his campaign.

He said an NDP government would end ambulance fees for patients transferred between facilities and would scrap a per-kilometre rate for ambulances, which he said unfairly hurts rural residents.


The Canadian Press