The StarPhoenix, Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Letter to the editor
Issue in Desnethé riding is respect for democracy
I am an on-reserve Indian businessman in
Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River. I'm dismayed at the
behaviour of John Dorion LINK TO APPOINTMENT BEST SERVES
NORTHERNERS, who was running to be the Liberal candidate
in my riding.
Why did he solemnly declare at the emergency meeting
of Liberal members in Prince Albert: "I want my
democratic right to make my own choice?" At that time, I
understood we were fighting together for the right of
constituents to choose their own representative to run
Now, for some reason, it has become a personal issue
for Dorion. I guess one of the good things about having
Stéphane Dion appoint a candidate is that it kept out
When will the people who are trying to represent me
start defending my democratic right to make my own
Democracy is a process -- getting to know your
representative, nominating a candidate, debating and
voting. Wars have been fought to protect these acts of
democracy. It is about much more than marking an X on a
I have no problem with Joan Beatty, but before I gave
her my support I would have liked her to answer some
questions -- such as why she feels we must step aside
for her if she does not have the time to sell
memberships and get involved in the nomination process.
For some reason Dorion is trying to make this a brown
and white issue. To me, it's not an issue of colour or
an issue of Beatty, Dorion or David Orchard. And it's
not a male or female issue.
It's about respecting and protecting the democratic
process. If I don't speak out, I become part of the
problem. I hope Dorion is not playing the race card.
Does he not realize that there are white voters in this
I'm insulted as a First Nations member that our
representative has to be appointed. There was ample time
for the proper process to take place.
Joe Durocher, Meadow Lake