PAGC Chiefs Hopes for Large Aboriginal Vote

Friday, October 24, 2003 at 15:31



The chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council says he wants to see more Aboriginal people at polling booths this November.


Gary Merasty says First Nations people need to exercise their democratic rights for the good of all, as provincial politics is having a larger effect on the lives of residents both on and off-reserve.


Merasty says the two northern ridings of Cumberland and Athabasca possess the largest demographic of First Nations voters, but points out there are several other ridings where the Aboriginal vote could determine the eventual outcome.


Merasty’s plea comes on the heels of Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Harry Cook’s statement that he intends to support the Saskatchewan Party.


Merasty says there are a number of different positions on who to vote for this fall, but all that really matters is that First Nations voices are heard.