The second round of NDP leadership debates took place Saturday in Rosetown.

Aside from two northern constituencies – Athabasca and Cumberland – the NDP were completely shut out of rural seats in the last election.

Saturday’s debate offered the leadership candidates a chance to connect with rural Saskatchewan.

Rural voters submitted questions for the four candidates to respond to at the Rosetown debate.

Concern regarding foreign acquisitions of farmland was expressed in the questions.

The future of the 1.6 million acres of federal pastureland that was transferred to the province was also brought up. The province has announced that it will be selling 10 out of the 60 pasturelands to patron groups.

Leadership candidates say rural education and healthcare are the main issues they plan to discuss with rural voters in the days counting down to the leadership convention on March 9.