Missinippi Broadcasting, Friday, January 11, 2008
Dorion Upset With Media Attention On Orchard
One of two men hoping to become the Liberal nominee
in a northern Saskatchewan by-election says he can't
believe the attention being paid to his competitor.
Cumberland House native John Dorion says it was his
campaign that sparked hundreds of constituents to buy
Liberal party memberships, and not David Orchard.
Dorion feels Orchard has been given credit by the
media for much of his work, and Dorion believes he would
beat Orchard if a nomination vote were held today.
He says he's disappointed with how things have turned
out, but acknowledges his people heard months ago that
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion might appoint a woman to
represent the Liberals in the North.
Orchard claims he wasn't told this, and was
blindsided by Dion's decision to appoint Joan Beatty
Dorion says he plans to attend a meeting of
disgruntled party members tomorrow in Prince Albert to
plot his next move.
Orchard says he isn't concerned about Dorion's
He says he's sure both of them worked hard to enlist
new Liberals and that should be the end of it.
The organic farmer says he hasn't give up hopes of
winning the nomination, and plans to attend tomorrow's
meeting in Prince Albert.
He also says he won't consider seeking the NDP
nomination or running as an independent in the riding.
Tomorrow's meeting is set to take place at 10:00 a.m.
at the Prince Albert Inn.
Liberal MPs and other party officials have been
adamant that the gathering is not an official nomination