Jolibois Hoping To Run In Federal Election

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 14:55



A northern mayor has announced her intention to run in the coming federal election — if there is one.


La Loche mayor Georgina Jolibois has announced she plans to seek the NDP nomination in the Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River riding.


Jolibois says she’s been eyeing federal politics ever since her election as mayor in October 2003.


Jolibois also says she’s pretty confident the people in her community will back her move.


Jolibois is a fluent Dene speaker, as well, and feels the northern Saskatchewan riding would best be represented by an Aboriginal northerner.


The constituency is currently represented by the Conservatives’ Jeremy Harrison.


The NDP was represented by long-time La Ronge civil servant Earl Cook in last year’s vote in the riding.


Cook finished third behind Harrison and the Liberals’ Al Ducharme.


There’s no word yet if Cook plans to take another run at federal politics.


Harrison, meanwhile, says he will be running whenever the next election is called.


Based on the feedback he says he received in a recent series of town hall meetings in the constituency, he says constituents seem generally happy with the job he has been doing.