National Post, August 18, 2006
Repairing the Orchard file
Re. Dion's support stranger than fiction,
Letter to the editor by
I read with amusement John Ivison's lively and mostly
accurate piece. But in the accompanying "David Orchard
File," the National Post included opposition to the
World Trade Organization as part of an extensive
catalogue of my sins.
I have long been a defender of Canada as a
multilateral trader, and as such an advocate of the
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its
current designation as the WTO. Under the GATT/WTO,
Canada both retains its sovereignty and had better trade
access to the US market than under the Canada/US "free
trade agreements," which are damaging our sovereignty
and have brought us tariffs -- including on our wheat
and soft wood, unless we pay one billion dollars not to
have them -- and numerous other harassment.
As leader of the Liberal Party in 1988, John Turner
stoutly defended the GATT and equally strongly opposed
the FTA, calling it "the Sale of Canada Act." To Pierre
Trudeau it was "a monstrous swindle." Many other
Canadians of all political stripes share my desire to
keep control of our economic and political destiny in
Canadian hands while trading widely and profitably
around the globe.
Nor did I oppose "Canadian participation in Kosovo"
-- I opposed the NATO bombing of the former Yugoslavia
in 1999 and Canada’s participation in that illegal
As for "leaving" the Tory party, the Tory party was
merged out of existence in 2003, taken over by Mr.
Harper’s Alliance. So I didn’t leave anything. The PC
party no longer exists. What exists is Mr. Harper’s
northern branch plant operation of President Bush's
Republican party, which finessed its way into power
pretending to be Tories (Bleus in Quebec). I had to
chose another home or remain homeless. I chose the
Regarding my Web site featuring a cartoon lampooning
Peter MacKay’s hand writing, it is more of a self
critical jest; the agreement between MacKay and myself
at the 2003 PC convention was not in Mr. McKay’s hand
writing but my own -- which is admittedly atrocious.