Former PAGC Official Ponders Run Against Laliberte

Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 13:31



Another name is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Churchill River MP Rick Laliberte.


Al Ducharme, a retired school principal and former executive director with the Prince Albert Grand Council is openly debating about whether or not to let his name stand at next February’s Liberal nomination meeting for Churchill River.


Ducharme says he feels well-connected to northerners and knows the issues they face on a daily basis.


Ducharme admits he is leaning towards throwing his hat into the ring and says he’s confident he would enjoy a good level of support if he decides to run.


Ducharme doesn’t question Laliberte’s work ethic, but wonders if his agenda really takes into account enough issues that matter to his constituents.


Ducharme says Ottawa has to pay more attention to the North — especially in the area of justice. He says far too many Aboriginal people are behind bars and that needs to change.


Ducharme expects to make a decision about whether or not to run for the nomination by next week.


Just yesterday, interim Denesuline National Council president Allan Adam confirmed we was planning to run against Laliberte for the nomination.