CORNER BROOK — Newfoundland Progressive Conservative Leader Danny Williams unveiled a key plank in his party's election platform on Tuesday, pledging to give families in Newfoundland and Labrador $1,000 for every baby born or adopted in the province.
The Tory leader – on the first full day of campaigning for the Oct. 9 vote – said the bonus would be aimed at reversing the province's dwindling birth rate.
Mr. Williams estimated that the program would cost the province $4.5-million.
He also promised to put more police officers on the streets, build more long-term care facilities and maintain the province's freeze on post-secondary tuition.
The legislature was dissolved Monday, kicking off a three-week campaign that Mr. Williams is widely expected to win.
The vote is the first under the province's fixed-date legislation.
At dissolution, the Tories had 34 seats, the Liberals 11 and the NDP one. There are also two vacant seats.