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03/30/2016 03:38 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

Leaders say they aren't forgetting rural Saskatchewan during campaign

REGINA — Party leaders are taking pains to show they aren't taking rural voters for granted in the Saskatchewan election campaign.

Both the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP released their election platforms in Saskatoon.

Since then, Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall and NDP Leader Cam Broten have largely bounced between Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.

Wall says that's because Regina and Saskatoon are the major media centres and he says his party will "never, ever" take rural Saskatchewan for granted.

NDP campaign spokesman George Soule notes in an email that Broten enjoyed bannock burgers in La Ronge and took in some curling in Shell Lake.

Wall on Tuesday noted his government has promoted the province around the world and stood up for its interests at the national level.

Speaking in Regina, Wall boasted about his opposition to a potash takeover, his push against a national carbon tax and his support for pipelines.

Campaigning in Martensville, Broten suggested Tuesday the Saskatchewan Party plans to cut spending on schools and classrooms, saying the party makes no mention of education in its election platform.

The Saskatchewan Party said the government has increased overall education funding by 112 per cent since 2007.

The Canadian Press