Friday, January 4, 2008

Joan Beatty to run for Liberals in federal byelection

Beatty is apparently officially selected. What does this mean? Appointed by Pope Dion? Was there a nomination meeting? I guess not. Or perhaps Joan genuflected before King Dion and foreswore any allegiance to the NDP and Dion then with his inimitable accent said: I proclaim you the official Liberal candidate of DMC constituency in Saskatchewan and banish David Orchard from said constitutency except as thy helpmate.

This is from the CBC.

New Democrat MLA Beatty to run for Liberals in federal byelection
Last Updated: Friday, January 4, 2008 | 9:49 AM CT
The Canadian Press
Joan Beatty, a Saskatchewan MLA and former NDP cabinet minister, has been officially selected to run as a Liberal candidate in one of four federal byelections to be held on March 17.

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said Beatty brings to the Liberal Party of Canada a strong mix of local knowledge, aboriginal expertise, political experience and a tradition of service to the people of Saskatchewan.

Beatty — who currently represents the riding of Cumberland as a New Democrat — will run in the northern riding of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River in the federal byelection.

Beatty said her continued desire to make a positive change for the north, particularly the people of northern Saskatchewan, is why she decided to join the Liberals.

The former journalist was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 2003 and re-elected in November.

She was appointed minister of culture, youth and recreation and provincial secretary in 2003, and in 2006, she became minister of northern affairs and minister responsible for the status of women.

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The vast Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill riding north of Prince Albert was left vacant when Liberal MP Gary Merasty resigned in August

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