The StarPhoenix, Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Letter to the editor
Northeners won't accept Liberal sham of democracy
by Frank Tomkins
The interference by senior Liberals in the
Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River byelection has
torched a political firestorm they may have difficulty
Gone are the days when someone from the South could
go up North and buy an election with a few jugs of wine.
We now have students from many of the communities
attending university, some graduating as educators,
nurses, doctors, lawyers, you name it.
They no longer tolerate people with an Indian agent
mentality insulting them by deciding what is good for
them. Take note, Ralph Goodale and Stéphane Dion.
Many aboriginal people from the North fought in the
Second World War, the Korean War and some are fighting
today. Four of my brothers and I were in the Second
World war, and it was not for the kind of "democracy"
being handed down to us now.
It's been said many times that this is not about John
Dorion, David Orchard or Joan Beatty. I fully agree. I
have known Joan for many years and her family for many
more, and I have the greatest respect for her. All I can
say is that I am terribly sorry she has been put in a
position where she will probably lose.
As for Goodale saying former Liberal candidate Jim
Durocher's criticism is personal and not worthy of
comment, that's the excuse politicians use when they get
caught with their pants down.