ELECTION 2015: Mulcair promises funding for sports during Kamloops stop

KAMLOOPS - During a campaign stop in Kamloops this week New Democratic Party federal leader Tom Mulcair took the opportunity to announce another party promise, this time a $28 million investment for kids in sports.

More than 1,000 people showed up for a rally Tuesday evening, Sept. 1, where Mulcair reiterated a need for change. Today, Sept. 2, made a separate announcement about the funding, which will target young Canadians 'whose backgrounds make it harder for them to participate.'

The NDP leader said the Conservative plan isn’t working and Canadian kids aren’t as fit as they should be. Only roughly nine per cent of Canadian kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day and one in four children is obese. He promised to boost funding to support community sport projects, provide funding for organizations with physical activity programs and help low-participating groups — girls and women, new Canadians, low in-come, First Nations, LGBT and disabled youth — participate in sports.

The Stephen Harper critiques were a continuation from the NDP rally, one of several to take place in the Souther Interior this week.

“Hell, he can’t even deliver the mail!” Mulcair said at one point.

The NDP leader spoke to the B.C. audience about his plans for the manufacturing industry, the tourism industry and his plans to create well-paying, full time jobs.

“I believe it’s time to tackle seniors poverty in Canada,” Mulcair said, to a round of ruckus applause from the large crowd.

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