National Post, Friday, April 11, 2008
Dirty politics in Saskatchewan
Re: Liberals: Writer Was Never A Grit Riding
President, letter to the editor, April 5.
Saskatchewan Liberal party president Frank Proto and
party president Marie Poulin are simply wrong in trying
to smear Chief Marcel Head, the democratically elected
Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River riding association
president, by claiming that he is "not, nor has he ever
been," the president.
For the record, Mr. Proto was notified about party
members calling an AGM in the riding for Jan. 26. Cheryl
Maurice, the acting president who was appointed by Mr.
Proto in early 2007, I gather, but never elected by the
membership, authorized the meeting notice and was quite
willing to pass her presidency to someone elected by the
members. A notice was mailed out to all members, those
with e-mail got a second notice, and in addition to
phone calls and media notices, the membership was well
As a long-time northerner and Liberal party member
(twice a candidate), I was asked to chair the meeting
until the election of a new executive, and I did so
fully confident that this was an exemplary riding
meeting, in terms of legitimacy, democracy and
membership notification. For Mr. Proto and Senator
Poulin to claim otherwise and to attempt to diminish
Chief Head is to dig themselves into a hole from which
no one will be able to lift them. They owe an apology to
all riding members and especially those who agreed to
serve on the executive.
Jim Durocher, Saskatoon.