The federal and provincial Liberal leaders are in Moose Jaw this weekend for their provincial convention to try and gain some ground on the Sask. NDP and the federal Conservatives.


Saskatchewan Liberals are either waking up in or are on their way to, Moose Jaw for the provincial convention Friday and Saturday.

Provincial Liberal Leader David Karwacki says momentum is building as he and his party looks to win a seat or two in the next provincial election. "We are on the road with nominating candidates and we've got some great candidates nominated in Saskatoon and Regina and in rural areas and we're certainly looking to nominate a few great candidates in Moose Jaw as well so we're looking forward to that in the days ahead."

Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion will be here and address the convention Friday night.

Not only will he make a stop in Moose Jaw but Dion will get down-home on the farm and make a trip up to La Ronge.

The rest of his itinerary has now been released and we’ve learned Dion will visit a farm near Osler for a round table discussion with farmers at lunchtime Friday. On Saturday, Dion will attend a carnival with Liberal MP Gary Merasty at the Kitsaki Reserve near La Ronge.

What does our local Conservative Member of Parliament think about the federal Liberal leader making a stop in his constituency this weekend?

Palliser MP Dave Batters doesn't mind but hopes Stephane Dion talks to local residents and truly listens to what we have to say.

Is a meeting in the works between Batters and Dion? "I have no plans to meet with Mr. Dion. I see him on a regular basis in the House of Commons and I think Mr. Dion has his hands full right now with his own caucus in an uproar about whether or not to vote for these anti-terror measures. He has enough on his plate right now that he won't be meeting with me in Moose Jaw."

In fact, Batters will be in Regina Friday afternoon for a federal funding announcement.

The local MP will announce new federal cash for the Hope for Non-Violence project of the Women of the Dawn Counseling Centre. The project should address issues of family violence and abuse of Aboriginal women in the Regina area.