Beatty Makes Bid For Nomination Official

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 13:21



Former provincial NDP cabinet minister Joan Beatty will run for the Liberal nomination in Desnethe-Missinipi Churchill River for the next federal election.


The news has been confirmed by Saskatchewan Liberal Party leader Frank Proto, who says Beatty filed her papers last week.


Beatty resigned from provincial politics in January to accept an appointment as the Liberals’ candidate in a by-election held in the northern riding in March, a vote she lost to the Conservatives’ Rob Clarke.


Following her defeat, Beatty signalled she would pursue the nomination for the next federal election, but would seek it through a more conventional nomination process.


The nomination will take place on July 10th.


A cut-off date for further candidates to enter the race has been set five days before that.


But Proto says an annual general meeting for the constituency association will not be taking place until the fall, at earliest.


He says both Beatty and fellow contestant David Orchard both feel putting an AGM on the ballot at the same time is too confusing.


At this point, Proto says it’s not clear which communities will host the polling — but he says La Ronge will likely be one of them.


He estimates four or five communities in the northern riding will be given that opportunity.