Friday, January 04, 2008

MLA backs out two months after election

Former Saskatchewan NDP cabinet minister Joan Beatty has left her riding less than two months since she was re-elected on November 7. She will now run as a federal liberal in a March 17 by-election for the vast Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River north of Prince Albert. We're not sure if Irish eyes will smile on her on St. Patrick's Day. Voters, some of which were in her old provincial riding, may not take kindly to someone who backed out on them so quickly before. The only mitigating factor is that the seat only became open because Liberal MP Gary Merasty resigned in August. Voters will have to choose between a party whose last candidate backed out of a federal seat, a candidate who switched parties to vacate a provincial seat, or another option.

Is it any wonder voters are cynical about their leaders?!

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