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.
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.
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
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
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.
For more information on the hearings and a list of presenters go
here and for audio of the complete hearings go
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.
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
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.)
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
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, 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
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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...
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)
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
(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.
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
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
21 November 2003 - Ottawa
David Orchard explains his Convention Agreement with Peter MacKay Excerpted from the November 21st Press Conference (2:35 minute video)