Rachel Notley

Edmonton NDP MLA Rachel Notley is running against David Eggen and Rod Loyola for the party leadership. (CBC News)

NDP leadership candidate Rachel Notley would launch a province-wide daily school breakfast program for 150,000 children if she was elected Alberta premier.

Notley, who is running against David Eggen and Rod Loyola to replace Brian Mason as NDP leader, made the announcement Wednesday. 

Notley said that children covered by the $60 million pilot project would represent one quarter of students in Alberta public, Catholic and francophone schools. The cost of staff and food for the project would work out to $2 a day for each student. 

“We live in the richest province in Canada, yet we are one of the last to put a program like this into place," Notley said in a news release.

"The Conservatives and Wildrose parties talk the talk with regard to battling child poverty, but they haven't acted. I intend to."

Schools getting the program would be those with the greatest need and would be determined by Alberta Education and school district, she said. 

The NDP leadership vote is on Oct. 18.