Harrison Considering Return To Politics

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 at 13:09



A former northern Saskatchewan MP says he’ll use a summer tour of his former riding to decide whether he should make a political comeback.


Jeremy Harrison lost a bitter election battle in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River this past January to the Liberals’ Gary Merasty by less than 100 votes.


Harrison initially appealed the results over alleged voting irregularities at reserve polling stations, but eventually conceded victory to Merasty.


Before bowing out, however, Harrison angered many in the Aboriginal community with comments that compared some reserves to “banana republics”.


Harrison later admitted he could have chosen his words more carefully.


He says he will begin travelling to places like Beauval, Buffalo Narrows and Ile-a-la-Crosse this week to see if constituents want him back in Ottawa.


Harrison is currently employed as a senior official in the Tory government.