When Sarah Palin mentioned in her fundraising speech Thursday in Hamilton, Ontario that the Palin family had connections in Canada, where "one grandfather was born in Manitoba" as part of a farming family, it gave the mayor of a small town in that province the idea to invite her to come to the community to explore the Palin family roots:
According to Brad Coe, a history buff in Hartney, Man., Todd Palin’s grandfather, Frederick William Palin, was born in the town in February 1905 before eventually living with his parents and seven siblings in the RM of Grey, in the area of Elm Creek and St. Claude.- JP
Bruce Evans, mayor of Hartney, said it’s "neat" for the town of 400 to have a connection to Sarah Palin, who is being touted as a possible 2012 candidate for the U.S. presidency.
"Everyone is listening to what she’s saying," Evans said of Palin. "I don’t know if they’re taking it at all seriously, but news makes news. I don’t know how to go about contacting her, but I’m going to try to invite her to come."