The latest developments from the Saskatchewan election leaders debate in Regina

REGINA — The latest developments from Wednesday night's televised leaders debate in the Saskatchewan election campaign (all times Central Standard):

6:55 p.m.

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The two leaders returned to their central messages as the debate ended.

Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe emphasized his party has a plan to make life more affordable for people while balancing the budget.

NDP Leader Ryan Meili returned to his attack on the Saskatchewan Party — accusing Moe of having a hidden austerity agenda.

Voters head to the polls Oct. 26.

6:45 p.m.

NDP Leader Ryan Meili attempted to pin Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe down on why he didn't meet with Indigenous protester Tristen Durocher.

Durocher walked from to Regina from Air Ronge in the summer to raise awareness about suicide.

In Regina, he set up a teepee in front of the provincial legislature and fasted for several days.

Meili asked why Moe wouldn't meet with Durocher and why the government went to court to have the teepee removed.

Moe countered that two ministers met with Durocher and took his feedback back to the government.

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6:30 p.m.

The leaders sparred early over how to spend as the Saskatchewan economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDP Leader Ryan Meili accused Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe of having a plan for cuts to government programs to balance the budget.

Meili says now is the time to invest in government programs to get people back to work.

Moe countered that his party only plans to cut taxes.

Moe says the NDP platform has $4 billion of spending that is unaccounted for and he says his party will balance the budget by 2024.

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6:05 p.m.

The Saskatchewan election leaders debate has begun.

Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe focused on the province's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He emphasized his party's plans for home renovation tax credits and cuts to power bills.

NDP Leader Ryan Meili chose to focus on his party's plans for investments in health care and education.

He says Moe would make cuts that would be damaging to the province's recovery.

Voters head to the polls Oct. 26.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2020.

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