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Sunday, February 4, 2018
Global Research's Michael Welch interviews David Orchard about the state and meaning of the NAFTA negotiations.

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Monday, May 1, 2017
Should Canada pre-empt the US and pull out of NAFTA?
David Orchard in a debate on CBC radio's The Current with Armine Yalnizyan, formerly a Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives economist and now a CBC business commentator and Ron Davidson from the Canadian Meat Council. In a two-against-one debate, only Orchard advocates Canada getting out of NAFTA. Note that there is also a full transcript of the debate on the same site.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Roundhouse Radio, Vancouver
David Orchard discusses NAFTA on the 'Janice and Cory Show'. The discussion is a follow-up to David's recent piece, Free at Last! Canada without NAFTA in Common Ground magazine (February issue).

Shaw Cable 11, Victoria, B.C. (1-hour stream on VIMEO, originally broadcast spring 2009)
David Orchard interviewed on "Face to Face with Jack Etkin"

A rousing discussion on such topics as depleted uranium, organic farming, dirty politics and war.

Face to Face with Jack Etkin: #15 David Orchard from Steve P on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
CKUW Radio ("People of Interest")
David Orchard interviewed on the state of the nation and Canada in the world, including the case of Abousfian Abdelrazik.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Humanitarian intervention challenged
On the 10th anniversary of the US-NATO bombing of former Yugoslavia

A panel discussion at Montreal's Vanier College on NATO's 78-day bombing campaign of the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Speakers: Scott Taylor, publisher, author, war correspondent and ex-Canadian soldier, James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia and David Orchard, author, environmentalist, farmer and politician.

Toronto, Thursday, January 8, 2009, Media conference
Prominent Canadians speak out against the war on Gaza

Participants: Judith Deutsch, Ursula Franklin, Anton Kuerti, Michael Mandel, Judith Weisman and David Orchard

Video: Judith Deutsch
Ursula Franklin, part 1
Ursula Franklin, part 2
Anton Kuerti
Michael Mandel, part 1
Michael Mandel, part 2
Judith Weisman
David Orchard

Transcript and written statements

Photo: Mike Celik

January 7, 2009
Video: Eight Jewish Canadian and Israeli Women occupy the Israeli Consulate in Toronto on January 7, 2009

Friday, December 19, 2008
CKUW Radio (University of Winnipeg)
David Orchard on the economic and political situation facing Canada.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
CTV Newsnet, "Mike Duffy Live"
David Orchard, former Liberal Party president Stephen LeDrew and Liberal MP John McCallum talk about the election and where the Liberal Party goes from here.

Friday, October 17, 2008
University of Victoria Radio, CFUV 101.9FM
David Orchard interviewed about the election: his own experience in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, the reasons for the historically low voter turn-out, the obstacles people experienced in voting and what must be done about them, his take on the national campaign, the problem with the progressive parties splitting the vote, and what lies ahead for the future, for him personally and politically.

This interview covers the bases and sets the tone for the discussion that must now follow about how to stop "painting the country blue."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
CTV Newsnet, "Mike Duffy Live"
Mike Duffy interviews David Orchard about the Liberals' by-election loss in northern Saskatchewan.

Monday, January 14, 2008
CKOM News Talk 650, "John Gormley Live"
David Orchard is John Gormley's guest to discuss developments in the riding of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River riding around the appointment of NDP MLA Joan Beatty as the Liberal candidate cutting short the nomination race.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Vancouver Coop Radio (CFRO), "Wake up with Coop"
David Orchard interviewed about the war in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly Hearing on TILMA
To listen to David Orchard's presentation to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on the Economy's hearing on the Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), Wednesday, June 13 2007, go here.

For a written transcript (PDF) go here.

For more information on the hearings and a list of presenters go here and for audio of the complete hearings go here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Ottawa Radio CFRA 580
Author and radio host Michael Harris interviews David Orchard about free trade and globalization. The discussion starts off with the closing of the U.S. owned Hershey Chocolate factory in Smith Falls, ON, and ranges over the history, contents and effects of the FTA and NAFTA agreements.

Sunday, October 22, 2006
CPAC, "Talk Politics" with Ken Rockburn
(scroll to 28 minutes into the show)
The 2003 PC Party leadership convention revisited

Ken Rockburn speaks with former Conservative candidate and member of Peter MacKay's campaign team (his chief financial officer), Bob Plamondon, whose book on the merger of the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties, Full Circle: Death and Resurrection in Canadian Conservative Politics has just been published.

Rockburn and Plamondon, who are both well informed about the 2003 PC party leadership convention, draw on their knowledge of and interest in this historical event to provide a a fascinating blow-by-blow account of developments culminating in the Orchard-MacKay deal. Bob Plamondon wrote his book based on extensive interviews with both David Orchard and Marjaleena Repo, Orchard's campaign manager, as well as with Peter MacKay and other key players. Ken Rockburn helps tells the story by playing clips from his documentary about the convention, "Bloodsport," bringing to life again the human faces and voices of those who participated with their hearts and souls in this significant political event.

Thursday, August 17, 2006
Corus Radio Network
Charles Adler interviews David Orchard about why he's supporting Stéphane Dion.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
David Orchard backs Stephane Dion
Listen to their press conference in Saskatoon, SK, Wednesday, August 16, 2006.

Blunt.FM Truth Radio, Sunday, August 13, 2006
Not in our name! Prominent Canadians speak out against the bombing of Lebanon
Report on the Friday, August 11, 2006 press conference in Toronto. Hosts Bryan Farnum and Bob Walberg interview David Orchard who introduces the participants and comments on the issues raised. Pianist and human rights activist Anton Kuerti brings a message from Israeli artists opposed to the war. Osgoode Hall professor of international law Michael Mandel comments on the war's violations of international law. McMaster University professor of economics Atif Kubursi speaks about the bombardment's destruction of infrastructure and the toll on Lebanon's population. Psychotherapist and social justice activist Judith Weisman talks about her experience of visiting Israel and occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Radio Canada International, Friday, August 11, 2006
Interview with David Orchard about today's press conference in Toronto about the bombing of Lebanon. Click on "Audio clips August 11/06" and scroll to the 15 minute mark on the bar.

(A video link for the whole press conference, "Prominent Canadians speak out against the bombing of Lebanon," with concert pianist and human rights activist Anton Kuerti, author and professor of international law Michael Mandel, professor of economics and UN development consultant Atif Kubursi, psychotherapist and social justice activist Judith Weisman and David Orchard, will be posted soon on this web site.)

Blunt.FM Truth Radio, July 9, 2006 8 p. m. EST
Rebroadcast of the July 2, 2006 programme "Is the war in Afghanistan legal?"
David Orchard and University of Illinois Professor of International Law Francis Boyle discuss the war on Afghanistan and Iraq with Blunt Truth Radio host Bryan Farnum. These in-depth interviews provide information and analysis everyone needs to understand the situation in the Middle East and Central Asia – and which the mainstream media should make available, but don't!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Halifax News 95.7 "Maritime Mornings with Andrew Krystal" open-line show
(88.9 Saint John and 91.9 in Moncton, NB)
David Orchard discusses the outcome of the election and what to expect from Stephen Harper's government. (approximately 47 minutes)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9-10 Atlantic time
Halifax News 95.7 "Maritime Mornings"
(88.9 Saint John and 91.9 in Moncton, NB)
David Orchard with host Andrew Krystal in a spirited open-line discussion about the election, the Conservative party and what Canadians can expect from a Stephen Harper government. (3 segments, approximately 42 minutes)

Saturday, January 14, 2006
CBC Radio "The House"
David Orchard on the election, with host Anthony Germaine. (approximately 5 minutes)

Friday, January 13, 2006
CBC Radio Quebec afternoon programme, "Breakaway"
David Orchard interviewed by host Jacquie Czernin about why he is in Quebec to warn Canadians about voting for Stephen Harper and the Conservative party. (approximately 9 minutes)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
CKNX Radio, Wingham, "Bryan Allen Talk Show"
This interview is a follow-up to the StarPhoenix article that appeared yesterday (Mon. Nov 28, 2005). (approximately 13 minutes)

Monday, November 28, 2005
CKOM Radio with David Orchard on "Conservative Party owes Orchard more than $70,000"
An article that appeared in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix this morning (Mon. Nov 28, 2005) was the subject of an interview with David Orchard today, on Saskatoon's CKOM Radio, "The David Kirton Show." (3 parts, approximately 25 minutes)

Sunday, June 5, 2005
CFRA Radio, Ottawa, "Gerry Cammer Programme"
David Orchard interviewed about issues facing Canada's Aboriginal population (2×10 minutes)

Tuesday, March 15, 2005
David Orchard on CKTB 610 News/Talk Radio
Tim Denis in the Mornings: Host Tim Denis interviews David Orchard on the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the PC parties, and the future of the Conservative Party. (9 minutes)

Twelfth Annual Canadian International Law Students' Conference (CILSC), University of Toronto, February 26, 2005
"The future of NAFTA Chapter 11 and bilateral investment treaties"
David Orchard, international trade lawyer Robert Wisner, Appleton & Associates LLP and James McIlroy, President of Counsel of Public Policy, McIlroy & McIlroy in a thorough-going discussion about the provision in NAFTA that allows foreign companies to sue governments for any domestic law they consider detrimental to their ability to compete. (I.e. the Ethyl case which prevented the Canadian government from halting Ethyl's controversial gasoline additive MMT, a neurotoxin outlawed in many places including California, to be added to gas sold in Canada, and forced it to pay $20,000,000 in penalities and legal fees. Go here for a complete list of NAFTA Chapter 11 cases). (1 hour 25 minutes) We apologize for the video quality which is not the best, but recommend it for the valuable information it offers.

Thursday, February 17, 2005
Ottawa radio station 580CFRA News Talk Radio
Short interview: "To catch up with David Orchard" (6 minutes)

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
David Orchard's speech to the Canadian Club, London, ON
"What kind of Canada does the world need?"

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004    (27 minutes)
David Orchard interviewed by Ken Rockburn on CPAC "Talk Politics"
(originally broadcast December 14, 2004)

Friday, December 3, 2004    (51 minutes in 2 parts)
David Orchard on CBC Radio Alberta "Wild Rose Forum"

David Orchard is the guest as callers are asked for their opinions on where David Orchard and his political forces should go from here.

Monday, November 26, 2004    (2 hours 20 minutes)
David Orchard's and David Suzuki's speeches at Concordia Universtiy on "Canada and the environment in the 21st century"

Monday, October 18, 2004
CBC Radio Alberta "Wild Rose Forum"
A phone-in following up on the B.S.E. Symposium in Innisfree, AB, October 16, 2004

Listen to the last 15 minutes of the programme to hear David Orchard, former PC MP Stan Schellenberger, host Don Hill and callers discuss the crisis in Canada's beef industry caused by the U.S. closing its border. With Orchard's participation this is a highly informative 15-minute briefing on the effects of "free trade" in agriculture you don't want to miss! (15 minutes)

Wednesday, June 30, 2004
CKNW Radio 980 AM, "Bill Good Programme"

Marjaleena Repo, Senior Advisor to David Orchard and Duff Conacher, Democracy Watch, discuss the trend towards lower voter turnouts in Canada's federal elections. (18:46 minutes)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
KPFA Radio, Berkeley CA, "Morning Show"

David Orchard, Anne Medina, host of History Television's History on Film, and Sylvia Bashevkin, University of Toronto Professor of Political Science, in a 1/2 hour discussion about the outcome of the Canadian federal election. (27:41 minutes)

Sunday, June 27, 2004
CPAC's "Campaign Politics"

Catherine Latham, of CPAC's "Campaign Politics," profiles the riding of Saskatoon-Wanuskewin. Her report includes a lengthy interview with David Orchard on his farm -- the first televised interview David Orchard has made from there. (58 minute video)

Sunday, June 20, 2004
Global TV, "Global Sunday" with Danielle Smith
Conscientious Objectors

On election night will you be voting for or against a political party? Many Canadians will be breaking party loyalty this time around and they aren't alone. This week on Global Sunday former Liberal Senator Anne Cools and former PC leadership hopeful David Orchard square off on their decisions to part company with their traditional parties. (23:15 minute video) Partial transcript.

Monday, Jun 7, 2004
CBC Radio Saskatchewan "Noon Edition"
Canada-US relations in this election

David Orchard is the first caller on this phone-in about the importance of discussing Canadian-US relations in the election campaign. Using specific examples, Orchard warns that the Harper Conservatives would dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board and follow the Americans into war against the grain of our history (citing previous Canadian positions regarding the Suez, Vietnam and Cuba) Host Lindy Thorsen and guest Howard Leeson, Professor of Political Science, University of Regina, talk to callers about these and other issues like homeland security and missile defence. (David's call starts at 12:45 minutes.) (54 minutes) Or go directly to David's call. (5:44 minutes)

Sunday, May 2, 2004
CKNW Radio, B.C. and Corus Network "Stirling Faux Programme"

Stirling Faux gets the latest court facts from Paul Bigioni, legal counsel for David Orchard, Marie Gatley and the other 21 appellants challenging the PC-Alliance merger. Bigioni outlines the two main defence themes presented to the Ontario Court of Appeal on April 27, 2004: that the lower court failed to take into account the terms of the PC Constitution; and that it allowed the Canada Elections Act to completely replace Common Law which should also have been applied. Bigioni gives a clear summing up of the arguments and also acknowledges that he has seen with his own eyes the range of discontent within many elements of the old PC Party about what happened to it last December. (13:21 minutes)

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
CKLN Radio "Word of Mouth"

Host Gissel Yanez talks to David Orchard about many key issues including the perils of signing a trade deal where one partner is ten times larger than the other and already controls much of the smaller country's economy. Orchard also questions the often repeated claims that we can't afford public healthcare, given the success of publicly provided systems in much poorer jurisdictions. (21 minutes)

Monday, April 26, 2004
CTV "Question Period"
The Devil we know - Joe Clark interview about Harper vs Martin

Click on "Question Period: Interview with former PC Leader Joe Clark 6:07" (6 minutes video)

Monday, April 5, 2004
Radio Canada
Interview with David Orchard (in French)

Interviewed on Radio Canada, David Orchard talks about his efforts to save the Progressive Conservative party, the party of Macdonald and Cartier, in order to have a national, moderate alternative to the Liberals. He warns that the Harper-led Alliance/Conservative party would follow the Americans into Iraq and pursue a number of policies that would undermine our national sovereignty. (8 mimutes)

Saturday, April 3, 2004
CFRA Radio, Ottawa and CKLW Radio, Windsor "Agriculture Hour" with Eugene Whelan

David Orchard interviewed by former federal Liberal Minister of Agriculture Eugene Whelan (32:17 minutes incl. a slight pause between part 1 and part 2.)

Monday, March 29, 2004
CJCH Radio, Halifax "Hotline" with Rick Howe

Host Rick Howe allows David Orchard to explain his positions on a number of issues including organic farming, the environment, the betrayal by Mackay and the ongoing court case. A phone-in caller confirms there is a large pool of sympathetic Canadians who are anxious for the type of integrity and policy positions that Orchard speaks to. (27:42 minutes)

Friday, March 26, 2004
CBC Radio Alberta "Friday Scrum" with Donna McElligott

In this fast-paced, intense debate David Orchard holds Rod Love, Reform-Alliance strategist and longtime unite-the-right proponent, to account for the undemocratic takeover of the Progressive Conservative Party. Hear Love admit to joining the PCs and voting twice for the merger, among other revelations of questionable ethics. (9:33 minutes,)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
CBC Radio Saskatchewan "Noon Edition"

David Orchard gives his views on the federal budget, particularly the announced sale of Petro-Canada and cuts to VIA Rail, with comments from guest David Perry, Senior Research Associate, Canadian Tax Foundation. (7:50 minutes)

Monday, March 22, 2004
CBC Radio "The Current" with Anna Maria Tremonti

David Orchard interviewed about the Conservative leadership results, followed by Line Maheux, advisor to Stephen Harper, and Rod Love, a longtime Alliance and Reform strategist and proponent of a united right. (24 minutes - David is in the first 10 minutes)

Friday, February 27, 2004
CBC Radio Alberta "Wild Rose Forum"

If you want to hear some real issues discussed, tune into this! A lively phone-in on CBC Radio Alberta's "Wild Rose Forum," February 27, 2004, puts David Orchard on the hot seat with challenging host Don Hill and an eclectic variety of callers. The drastic reduction in farm incomes, Alberta oil royalties (or lack thereof), the U.S. missile shield, Iraq, the meaning of Conservativism in Canada, and the coming election are just some of the topics debated in this one-hour program. If you're starving for some specific policy ideas, have a listen... (51 minutes)

Monday, January 12, 2004
CBC Radio Alberta "Wild Rose Country"
Orchard's solutions for B.S.E

Hear David Orchard’s strategies to combat B.S.E. in this radio interview with Donna McElligott of CBC Edmonton’s "Wild Rose Country." Orchard knows of what he speaks as a long-time organic grain farmer, who also raised organic Angus/Hereford beef until the late 80s. (9:30 minutes; lower-quality audio)

Sunday, December 7, 2003
CBC Radio "Cross Country Checkup" with Rex Murphy
"Is the Tory-Alliance merger the right move? How will it change politics in this country?"

Former federal PC cabinet minister John Crosbie is the guest and David Orchard is interviewed 42 minutes into the programme. Also interviewed are Peter MacKay, Stephen Harper, and former PC Youth President Keith Marlowe. (MP3 version) (1:53 hours)

26 November 2003
Press conference launching the legal suit against the CA-PC merger
Speech by Marie Gatley, great-grandniece of Sir John A. Macdonald

In this video clip Marie Gatley speaks about the legacy of Sir John A. and his diligent defence of Canada in the face of constant economic and military attempts by the United States to take over our country. (7-minute video)

26 November 2003
Press conference launching the legal suit against the CA-PC merger

At a press conference held November 26, 2003 at the offices of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, David Orchard announced the official launch of the legal suit and introduced key plaintiffs. In this video, you will see the entire press conference, including the lively and various comments of a range of supporters as well as a question period towards the end.

Those speaking include: Sean Dewart, chief lawyer on the case, who summarizes the crux of the legal argument; C. Hanson Dowell, chairman of the PC Party Presidents Council of Nova Scotia and a life-long Tory; Oscar Johvicas, immediate past president of the Beaches-East York federal PC Association and an active party member since 65;. Jean Glover, supporter from Haldeman-Norfolk, Ontario; Marie Gatley, great-grandniece of Sir John A. Macdonald; and Arthur Langford, supporter from Haldeman-Norfolk, Ontario. (47:37 minute video)

21 November 2003 - Ottawa
Press conference, National Press Theatre, Ottawa
David Orchard challenges takeover of the PC Party by the Canadian Alliance (24-minute streamed video)

Hear David Orchard explain:

  • his original convention agreement with Peter MacKay on May 31st: that there would be no merger with the Canadian Alliance;
  • how Peter MacKay has, with no mandate from the PC membership, signed an "Agreement-in-Principle" with Stephen Harper, proposing just such a merged party;
  • how the proposed merger contradicts the expressed wishes of the PC membership, as indicated by a vast majority of delegates at the past two PC conventions;
  • how the proposed merged party does not reflect the interests of the Canadian public, and is likely to be far less successful at the polls than an invigorated PC party dedicated to upholding its own time-honoured values.

21 November 2003 - Ottawa
David Orchard explains his Convention Agreement with Peter MacKay
Excerpted from the November 21st Press Conference (2:35 minute video)

November 21, 2003
CTV Newsnet

Senior parliamentary commentator Mike Duffy and David Orchard discuss his lawsuit against Peter MacKay. (Look for "Related Video" on the right hand half of the screen.) (12:57 minute video)

November 17, 2003
Co-op Radio, Vancouver "Wake Up with Co-op"

Interview with David Orchard (13 minute audio)

October 27, 2003
CTV "Question Period"

David Orchard and John Reynolds debate the CA-PC merger on CTV Question Period. (Look for "Related Video" on the right hand half of the screen.) (7:40 minute video)

October 19, 2003
CBC Radio "Cross-Country Check-Up" with Rex Murphy
Is a single conservative party good for Canadian politics?

David Orchard is interviewed half-way into the programme. (1:53 hour audio)

October 17, 2003
BC TV and CBC Newsworld, news coverage of David Orchard's press conference

David Orchard launches a blistering attack on the takeover of the PC Party by the Alliance and the betrayal of the PC Party by Peter MacKay. (5:57 minute audio)

September 18, 2003
CBC Radio "As It Happens"

David Orchard responds to news about renewed Tory-Alliance merger talks. Listen to Part 1 of “As It Happens” (Drag the cursor to 22:33) (6:23 minute)

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