The question looming over N.L.'s winter pandemic election: Will anyone vote?

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — NDP Leader Alison Coffin kicked off the first full week of Newfoundland and Labrador's winter pandemic election by promising a better dental program for seniors and stressing the importance of mail-in ballots.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the fourth province to head to the polls during the pandemic, and Coffin told reporters Monday many in her downtown district are concerned not only about COVID-19, but about slips and falls on the notoriously icy streets of St. John's.

Voter turnout in the other three provincial elections has been mixed: numbers held steady compared to previous years in New Brunswick and in Saskatchewan, but they fell significantly in British Columbia.

NDP campaign communications director Jean Graham says her team has been taking notes from those elections and will make sure to inform voters about when and how to cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie promised today to create a new, $10-million venture capital fund for clean, high-tech jobs and promised a tax rebate program to lure people to the province who work remotely.

In Corner Brook, Liberal Leader and incumbent Premier Andrew Furey committed to improving long-term care for seniors.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021.

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