The infighting in the Liberal Party of Canada has intensified.
"In fact, I was assured that there would be no appointment whatsoever and urged to work hard for the riding.
"Does anyone believe that I would have campaigned for three months - I criss-crossed the riding, 20,000 kilometres, signing up hundreds of members - if there'd been a threat of an appointment over my head?"
Some irate Orchard supporters have predicted the controversy will cost Liberals the northern Saskatchewan riding. The party only managed to win Desnethe by 67 votes in the 2006 election but the victor, Gary Merasty, resigned abruptly last summer.
Some of Orchard's supporters have organized an emergency meeting on Saturday, at which they intend to elect a new Liberal executive in the riding and set a date for a nomination contest - in defiance of Dion's decision last week to appoint Beatty.
...just the latest in a long, long string of stupid moves by the Liberal Party. Sheesh! Bunch of nincompoops, eh?