“We did not break a promise,” MacLeod insisted in the Legislature’s daily question period. “That fake news that was in the news today totally mischaracterizes what we’re doing.”

The denial came a day after MacLeod conceded that axing the basic income pilot program for 4,000 families contradicted a promise in writing from Progressive Conservative spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman during this spring’s election campaign.

“We had a platform that we released. It wasn’t in the platform,” MacLeod later told reporters before walking away from journalists’ questions for the third day in a row.