Sask Party Healthcare Math
Yesterday, the Saskatchewan Party claimed that the provincial NDPâ€™s plan for 30 additional primary healthcare clinics would cost $840 million. It has since removed this goofy press release from its website, but hereâ€™s a screenshot.
The Sask Party multiplied the Saskatoon Community Clinicâ€™s $7-million annual provincial cost by 30, and then multiplied that total by four years ($7 million*30*4= $840 million). Of course, a community clinic is not the same as a primary healthcare clinic. The latterâ€™s annual cost is typically under $1 million.
As reported by CBC, the Health Minister admitted the error but still tried to blame the NDP: â€œWhile [Don] McMorris owned-up to his partyâ€™s mistake, he said the NDP should have included a statement about the cost of its healthcare promise. He said if they had, he would not have made the mistaken calculation.â€
UPDATE (October 14): CTV has a good headline: â€œMcMorris admits $780-million miscalculation.â€
But The Leader-Post reports that the Sask Party leader is backpedaling on this acknowledgement: â€œConsider the nonsense from [Brad] Wall Thursday that Health Minister Don McMorrisâ€™s horrific $840-million miscalculation on the costs of NDP primary care clinics was really the NDPâ€™s fault.â€