The Prince Albert Daily Herald, Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Hey, Liberals: it's not our mess
Good afternoon, federal Liberal party. We'd like to
suggest, if you don't mind, that we did not cause the
problems you currently face in the riding of
Consequently, we probably shouldn't be part of the
Twice in recent days, the Herald has received press
releases from the Liberal party declaring how support
for appointed candidate Joan Beatty is growing.
Monday's missive urged all Liberals to rally behind
Beatty as the "duly selected" candidate, despite the
fact that even as the press releases flow, the Liberal
constituency is in a state of flux as the party faithful
on the ground try to deal with the aftermath of Beatty's
appointment by party boss Stéphane Dion.
The Monday release reiterates previous statements
from the party, statements that underscore the logic or
the justifications for appointing Beatty.
Hey, that's fine. That's their business. But we can't
overlook the fact that potential candidates were
stripped of their ability to contest a nomination
meeting. No amount of press releases should cause us to
turn a blind eye to that fact.
Simply put, this is a problem the Liberal party
caused - and we're not about to solve it for them. That
doesn't mean we won't document and chronicle the
electoral process, from now until election day and
beyond. We will - but we're not going to overlook the
rather interesting internal strife within the Liberal