Liberal Nomination Posturing Heating Up

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 16:13



Joan Beatty is confirming she will once again be seeking the federal Liberal nomination in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.


Beatty will square off against David Orchard on July 10th for the right to represent the party in the riding in the next federal election.


Beatty adds she still feels it was the right decision to accept Liberal Leader Stephane Dion’s appointment the first time around.


At the same time, she says she is excited about the fresh opportunity a traditional nomination race will offer her and northern residents.


Beatty adds she’s hopeful northerners won’t be too weary of elections by the time the July 10th nomination date rolls around.


Meanwhile, Orchard says persistent lobbying by northerners has prompted the Liberal Party to do something it has never done in northern Saskatchewan — hold more than one nomination meeting to choose a candidate.


Party brass say meetings will be held in at least 4 or 5 northern locations on July 10th.


Orchard also maintains it was the fact Beatty was appointed that angered his supporters — and he rejects her suggestion that she has been the target of “attacks” by his camp.


Orchard is also not pleased Beatty talked about this issue and racism she’s encountered over the years in the same breath — and calls her comments “confusing”.