Hermanson Sizing Up Support in the North

Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 13:01




Saskatchewan Party Leader Elwin Hermanson is in Northern Saskatchewan this week for an unofficial pre-election campaign.


Hermanson was in La Ronge yesterday getting a good look at wild rice operations.


He’s in Pinehouse and Beauval today, but will be back in La Ronge tomorrow to meet with Lac La Ronge Indian Band business and economic development officials and to tour the local sawmill.


He’ll end his northern tour with a stop in Prince Albert to talk with Prince Albert Grand Council chief Gary Merasty.


Hermanson says he hopes to use this trip to become more acquainted with northern issues and to gear up for a provincial election he’s anticipating will be called this fall.


Despite poor showings for the party in the North in previous elections, Hermanson says northern support for the party is on the rise, especially on the west side.


Because support for the party is a little less certain in northeast Saskatchewan, Hermanson says this week’s visit to the North will give him a better gauge of the party’s chances.


Pinehouse resident Greg Ross is the party’s candidate in the Athabasca riding. Winston McKay of Cumberland House will represent the party in the Cumberland riding.