03/18/2016 04:00 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Parties accuse each other of over-promising in Manitoba election campaign

WINNIPEG — The New Democrats and the Liberals are trading punches on the campaign trail for the April 19 election.

NDP Leader Greg Selinger says the Liberal promise to institute full-day kindergarten across the province would cost a lot more than the $50 million a year they say it will.

Selinger says the Liberal promise doesn't factor in construction costs for additional classrooms, saying that would add several million dollars to the tab.

Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari insists the construction costs would be manageable, saying the current structure for a lot of the schools is already there.

Bokhari says her party will release a full fiscal platform next week and adds the New Democrats, who have repeatedly missed balanced-budget targets, are no experts on cost estimates.

The Liberals are also promising free ambulance rides for low-income seniors who have an annual income of less than $20,000, while the Conservatives are promising to find ways to reduce ambulance fees for everyone.


The Canadian Press