Provincial Liberals Name Cumberland Candidate

Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at 12:53



The provincial Liberals have finalized their election candidate for northern Saskatchewan’s Cumberland riding.


Prince Albert resident and former FSIN vice chief Allan Adam has agreed to represent the Liberals in the constituency.


Liberal riding association president Henry McKenzie says Adam brings a wealth of political experience and has valuable contacts with the First Nations leaders in the riding.


Adam served as the FSIN’s Dene vice chief from 1994 to 1997. He unsuccesfully ran for the FSIN’s top job in 1997, and lost to Buckley Belanger in the 1999 provincial election in the Athabasca riding. He’s also made unsuccessful bids for positions on the PAGC executive, but was recently named the interim president of the newly-created Denesuline National Council.


Even though Adam has mainly been involved in First Nations politics, he says First Nations leaders have to get used to participating in both federal and provincial elections.


Adam also says people shouldn’t view him as a “parachute candidate”, and says he knows the people of the riding well, even though he now lives in Prince Albert.


With today’s announcement, the Liberals now have candidates secured in both Northern Saskatchewan ridings.


Just last week, the Liberals announced that Ile-a-la-Crosse resident Philip Durocher will be their candidate in the Athabasca riding.