Liberal Nomination Vote Expected to be Close

Friday, April 23, 2004 at 18:55



Neither candidate for the Liberal nomination in Churchill River sees himself as the favourite heading into this weekend’s voting.


Over 2-thousand Liberal party members in northern Saskatchewan will choose between Al Ducharme and Allan Morin at polling stations in Red Earth, Montreal Lake, Ile-a-la-Crosse and Meadow Lake tomorrow.


Both Morin and Ducharme say they get the sense it will be a close race.


Ducharme feels his education, as well as his experience in dealing with various levels of government during his time with the Prince Albert Grand Council, are some of his best assets.


Morin feels his time with the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan has also made him very familiar with those in government.


Both candidates are downplaying the fact that Ducharme currently lives outside the riding, and Ducharme points out both he and Morin had to move south in order to take on positions that benefitted northern Aboriginal people.


Morin is a Cree speaker — Ducharme doesn’t speak Cree. And while both candidates believe a person can be an effective MP without being a Cree speaker, Morin admits he does have an advantage.