The Prince Albert Daily Herald, Monday January 28, 2008
Disgruntled Liberals meet
Want appointment rescinded
by Tara Campbell
A group of disgruntled Liberal party members are
continuing to challenge Stephane Dion after he
handpicked the party's nominee for an upcoming
byelection in northern Saskatchewan.
Dion appointed former provincial NDP cabinet member
Joan Beatty earlier this month, causing uproar with the
Liberal party in the riding of
"We are not going to let people in Ottawa override
our democratic right," said Chief Marcel Head of Shoal
Lake First Nation, who's been leading the fight against
Dion's appointment. "This meeting today is to elect a
new executive committee ... we want to see the
nomination process continue ... we will not be dictated
On Saturday afternoon a crowd of approximately 100
people, mainly Liberal party members, gathered in
Christopher Lake, a town 40 kilometres north of Prince
Albert. Some came from as far away as Saskatoon in an
effort to see that Dion rescinds the Beatty appointment.
"I'm here because this is infringing on our
democratic right," said Peter Bishop, who is from
northern Saskatchewan and is now living in Saskatoon.
"They (the federal Liberal party) can't do this to its
The Liberal constitution allows for Dion to make such
an appointment, but among many members of the party
there is a feeling that he has gone too far.
"People are saying enough is enough," said Jim
Sinclair, who's widely involved in issues surround
northern Saskatchewan communities.
"People are sick of having decisions made for them."
The meeting's attendees elected Head as the new
president of the riding's executive committee, which is
yet to be made official by the Liberal party.
The newly elected executive committee agreed to send
a letter to the Liberal party to inform them of the of
the newly elected committee and to "demand" that the
Liberal party set a date to select a nominee before the
March 17 byelection.
David Orchard, who has been running as candidate for
the nomination in the Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill
River riding, was at the meeting on Saturday, but