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Liberals expect election promises will cost $30M

P.E.I.'s Liberal Leader says the cost of delivering the party's election promises will be $30 million if it forms the next provincial government.
Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan expects it will cost $30 million to deliver the party's promises if elected May 4. (Matt Rainnie/CBC)

P.E.I.'s Liberal Leader says the cost of delivering the party's election promises will be $30 million if it forms the next provincial government.

The party has promised to enhance school technology and infrastructure, implement a generic drug plan, expand mental health services and provide tax breaks for Islanders.              

Leader Wade MacLauchlan said in an interview on CBC Radio's Island Morning that the party's spending is modest, given the deficit facing the province this year.

"Our promises are just under $20 million operating and another $10 million for some capital equipment in the cancer treatment centre," said MacLauchlan.

"Frankly, I think that's probably modest by the comparison of just about any election we've had in recent memory on Prince Edward Island."

MacLauchlan says some of his election promises may end up saving the government money.              

He believes the generic drug plan will lead to lower health care costs down the road, and tax credits could provide additional revenue as people spend that money in the P.E.I. economy.

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