The Province, Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Why are Canadian gov'ts doing the Kinder Morgan kowtow?
This article has now appeared in several newspapers: Vancouver Province, May 1, and Ottawa Citizen, May 7; Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, May 1 (both edited).
Ottawa Citizen, Thursday, January 18, 2018
How the Americans can save us from ourselves on free trade
This article also appeared as a full page article in the Vancouver Province, January 21, 2018, as "End of NAFTA could save us from ourselves,"
in Saskatoon Star Phoenix, February 27, 2018 as "Forget NAFTA, create independent economy,"
and Regina Leader Post, February 27, 2018 as "Canada can save itself by looking beyond NAFTA and creating a wider economy."
Global Research, November 21, 2016
Canada: "A Northern Power" Once Again? NAFTA, "A Monstrous Swindle"
In 1854, Canada entered its first free trade (or Reciprocity) treaty with the United States and by 1866 it was clear the Canadian colonies were being absorbed into the US. A bill was introduced in Congress for their admission as "States and Territories of the United States of America."
December 7, 2013
"Too early to tell"
(an unpublished rebuttal of Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald editorial writer)
Licia Corbella's praise for Brian Mulroney and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA),"Free trade deal has proven the critics wrong," Province, November 22, 2013, brings to mind the anecdote of Chinese leader Chou En Lai being asked what he thought of the French revolution...
iPOLITICS, Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Pot back to kettle: Now it's David Orchard's turn
by David Orchard
Justice Minister Peter MacKay recently wrote a letter to iPolitics in response to an August 25 column by Michael Harris. In his letter MacKay comments on the MacKay-Orchard deal that he and I signed May 31, 2003...
(Saskatoon), Thursday, June 18, 2009
published in the Nipawin Journal, Moosoomin World-Spectator, Yorkton
News-Review, SK and
Edmonton Journal, AB)
Uranium poses ethical, moral issues for
Saskatchewan has already embarked on uranium mining. Now our government is
proposing a nuclear reactor, which will place the province squarely on the
nuclear road. The implications do not appear well thought out.
The StarPhoenix, Friday, March 20, 2009
Let's stand on our own two feet
For decades we have endured the unrelenting promotion of the virtues of
deregulation, free trade, privatization and globalization. Canadian ownership of
its corporations became passé. Institutions and programs serving Canadians were
swept away. ...
Some of yesterday's preachers for an unregulated, borderless world now have
turned 180 degrees. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty, who until recently promoted further deregulation of our financial
sector by slamming "protectionists" and "socialists," now brag about Canada's
independent banking and financial institutions. Separatist leaders, who said
they didn't need the Canadian market any more, are alarmed at Quebec's
dependence on a U.S. economy that's in free-fall. Former advocates of adopting
the U.S. dollar now laud Canada's financial system as a model for the world.
National Post, Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Domestic cars and a national grid
In the lead-up to the Jan. 27 federal budget, the National Post has asked
prominent Canadians to tell us what kind of fiscal blueprint our country needs.
Here's what they told us, in 250 words or less.
The most productive government spending is on people. Investment in training
and education is returned manifold over recipients' working lifetimes. Canada
has a much-reported shortage of skilled labour, yet many Canadians are
unemployed or underemployed, with no opportunity for training in the skills
The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday,
December 11, 2008
Coalition move can checkmate Harper
... If the Liberals and the NDP enter the next election competing against
each other as usual — something Mr. Harper is counting on — they will divide
once again the votes of progressive Canadians (the majority) and may well leave
themselves, and our democracy, badly damaged.
One thing Mr. Harper may not have counted on is that, instead of falling
apart, the coalition may solidify and take the initiative.
This could happen if the NDP and the Liberals (and, hopefully, the Greens as
well) make a concrete agreement not to run against each other in any riding in
If the opposition parties took this step, they could win a solid majority of
the seats in the election Mr. Harper is hoping to take the country into shortly.
Global Research.ca, Sunday, February 23, 2008, The Hill Times, Monday,
February 25, 2008 and
CounterPunch.org, Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Canada in Afghanistan: The New Conquistadores
... Military assaults against the poverty stricken farmers of Afghanistan and
Haiti, and an Iraqi population struggling for its very survival, are part of a
long, barbarous tradition going back to slave ships and colonial resource wars
and will some day, I believe, be seen in that context. In the meantime, the
agony of millions does not reach our ears or eyes, and Prime Minister Harper is
busy working the phones to shore up the U.S.-led war, seeking more troops and
helicopters to "finish the job."
The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday, June 7, 2007
Lost sovereignty predictable result of
... Canada's reaction to a rising dollar is the opposite to what Japan did
through its many years of prosperity after the Second World War. It lowered the
value of its currency by buying foreign bonds and other assets, enabling it to
continue to export profitably. China is now doing the same.
Canada, instead, is selling more of its assets, with the resulting increase
in the value of the dollar. The road to prosperity is found by selling your
products, not your assets.
Halifax Chronicle Herald, Sunday, April 29, 2007
Afghanistan and Iraq: the same war
Most Canadians are proud that Canada refused to invade Iraq. But when it
comes to Afghanistan, we hear the same jingoistic bluster we heard about Iraq
four years ago. As if Iraq and Afghanistan were two separate wars, and
Afghanistan is the good war, the legal and just war. In reality, Iraq and
Afghanistan are the same war.
Edmonton Journal, Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Harper gov't is doing to CWB what the U.S.
couldn't do by itself
Loss of wheat board would mean loss of power
... Since assuming power, the Harper government has waged an unrelenting
attack on the Canadian Wheat Board — firing its popular CEO, Adrian Measner,
stacking the board with government appointees who detest it, and holding a
fraudulent barley "plebiscite" (complete with gag orders, a secret voters' list,
traceable ballots and deliberately misleading questions). Still, only 13.8 per
cent voted to remove barley from the board. ...Today, the Liberal party is truer
to John Diefenbaker's defence of the West than the party claiming his name.
David Orchard's message to the
Toronto demonstration against the bombing of Lebanon, July 29, 2006
"Not in our name."
I regret that I am unable to be with you in person today in Toronto, but I am
here with you in spirit.
I would like to thank the organizers of this demonstration for taking the
initiative to speak out on behalf of all Canadians who are horrified by the
slaughter of civilians going on as we speak.
I want to thank each and every one of you who have come out today to tell the
world that Stephen Harper does not speak for us.
Mr. Harper has said that it is "too early" to call for a ceasefire. His words
are a green light for the barbaric aerial bombardment of Lebanon to continue.
The bombardment is causing untold agony and bloodshed. And, our government
instead of speaking up for humanity, for decency and for international law has
spoken in favour of a monstrous and unfolding international war crime.
Let's not forget that while it is the Israeli air force dropping the bombs,
it is the United States government that has declared it is creating "a new
Middle East" and which is supplying the weapons, paying the freight [by covering
the bulk of Israel's defence budget and so, in essence] calling the shots. The
U.S. is refusing to call for a ceasefire all the while talking about a
I am calling for an immediate – an immediate – ceasefire and an immediate
massive humanitarian operation to rescue the wounded, shelter the homeless and
alleviate the suffering.
I ask each of you to raise the demand for a ceasefire in any way that you can
– with your member of parliament, on open line radio or television shows, in
letters to the editors, in other demonstrations like this one – from any forum
you can find. Every voice counts!
Across the world a rising tide of voices are speaking out against the high
tech violence being unleashed against a civilian population with no means of
escape or defence.
I am here with you today to say to Mr Harper, "not in our name." Not in our
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Halifax Daily News, Wednesday, July 26, 2006,
Standing up for Canada? The Harper
government's refusal to demand an end to the bombings of Lebanon
For two weeks, tiny Lebanon has been pounded by bombs, shells and high tech
missiles from land, sea and air. Its coast is blockaded, its airport smashed.
Sixty plus bridges have been destroyed; roads, schools, ports, churches,
mosques, grain depots, radio, television and telephone towers, ambulances, power
stations, fuel depots, a hospital, milk factory, pharmaceutical plant and entire
residential city blocks pulverized. Frantic relatives with bare hands try to
free those buried alive.
Saskatoon StarPhoenix (ed. version), and
Ensign May 18, 2006
We are wrong in Afghanistan
Canadians are fighting and dying in an undeclared war in Afghanistan. Prime
Minister Harper has stated that Canada will not "cut and run" in the face of
increasing casualties. Foreign Affairs Minister MacKay says Canada will "finish
the job." Chief of Defence Staff, Rick Hillier, is quoted as saying "Canada
needs to be in Afghanistan for the long haul... at least a decade – and probably
a lot longer."
But why is Canada in Afghanistan?
Globe and Mail,
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Dubious Mulroney legacy
It was astonishing to learn recently that former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has been named the greenest prime minister in Canadian history ("'Engage the Americans,' vintage Mulroney lectures," Globe and Mail, April 21, 2006.) continued...
Prince Albert Herald,
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 (in a severely truncated version) and North Central
Internet News (Ensign)
Mr. Harper goes to Ottawa
"... As Brian
Mulroney's entourage emerges from the shadows into key
cabinet and government positions, as the stunning and
deafening silence grows regarding Mr. Mulroney's receipt
of large payments of cash from Karl-Heinz Schreiber
despite his sworn testimony in court that he had 'no
dealings whatsoever' with Mr. Schreiber, the country
waits for Mr. Harper's next move and for Mr. Layton's
explanation of why his party opened the door for the
We wait also for the RCMP investigation into
Mr. Gore's allegations of foreign funds going to a Canadian political party, and
into Mr. Schreiber's statements which, if true, point to a prima facie case of
perjury against Mr. Mulroney. Mr. Harper and his justice minister, Vic Toews,
promised to "clean up" Canadian politics and 'get tough on crime.' Here's the
perfect place to start."
Ottawa Citizen, Friday,
January 20, 2006
The beginning of the end
The Conservative party has demonstrated from its origins in 2003
that it can't be trusted
Monday's election is
important for several reasons. Long before the current
campaign, the now front-running Conservative party
revealed its fatal shortcomings on major issues facing
Canada, as well as in its own ethical conduct. Canadians
need to be reminded of these flaws before they vote on
"Who will speak for Canada?"
"...In my view, this
is an important election that we are involved in today.
There are serious dangers, I think, for our country. One
of the big winners in this election is going to be the
separatist movement in the province of Quebec.
In triggering an election at this time, both
Mr. Harper and Mr. Layton were prepared to play with the fires of Quebec
separatism in an attempt to increase their own positions in the House of
Commons. It is a dangerous and a short-sighted effort that could hurt our
country badly and give a powerful momentum to those working very hard to take
our country apart."
Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Thursday, September
Trade pact cost us a bundle
Across Canada the price of gasoline rose steadily
over the summer. Recently it shot up another 30%. We
were told that this unprecedented leap was because
Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico affected U.S.
production. Why does a storm in the U.S. drive up
Toronto Star, August 23, 2005
A simple solution to U.S. bullying
Canada can pull out of free trade agreements and return to WTO without penalty,
say Mel Clark and David Orchard
In the flurry of outrage over the U.S.
refusal to comply with the latest NAFTA ruling on lumber, something is missing.
Editorials abound, former negotiators and promoters of NAFTA are talking tough,
calling the Americans names. Others suggest ill-conceived threats or demand that
the Prime Minister "talk" to President George W. Bush.
Nowhere in these responses is there a
concrete plan of how Canada should respond.
Lost in the cacophony of bluster is the fact
that Canada is already part of a coherent rules-based trade agreement with the
United States. It is called the World Trade Organization, formerly the General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and it has the mechanisms already in place to
enable Canada to emerge a clear winner from the current situation.
Ottawa Citizen, Friday, August 19, 2005 (also published
in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, August 18, 2005; Vancouver Sun and Saskatoon
StarPhoenix, August 19, 2005)
The end of NAFTA: Canada signed away its energy and
got nothing in return; the U.S. response to a recent lumber ruling shows it's
time to get out
For two decades those
of us critical of the Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement (FTA),
and its successor NAFTA, have pointed out that these
agreements didn't give us free trade, but would cost us
a large part of our sovereignty and national well-being.
Today, even promoters of the FTA as a "rules
based" nirvana of "secure access" to the U.S. market -- and part of a move
toward global "free trade" -- have been forced to face hard realities.
May 16, 2005
Even way out here on the prairies at seeding
time, above the noise of the tractors, we can hear the howls of righteousness
from the new Conservative party and the Bloc Québecois in Ottawa. The government
is corrupt. It should resign. Not now, yesterday! ...
Our media seem to be on board – one widely watched national news programme shows
Mr. Martin and other Liberals on wanted posters, old west style, then we are
shown the "posse" out to get them: Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay and John
Edmonton Journal, April 29, 2005
Harper playing dangerous political game with Quebec
wild card. Conservative-Bloc minority government won't serve Canada well
While the sponsorship
affair rages across the country, it is in Quebec where
it burns the hottest -- threatening far more than the
Liberal party. The opposition parties, particularly the
Conservatives, appear prepared to play with this fire
for their own ends. ... Everyone can understand the
Bloc's eagerness for an election. They and the
separatist movement in Quebec are going to be the big
winners in any early vote. But why would the
Conservatives be prepared to take this risk with Canada?
Quebec City, PQ, March 24, 2005
Statement in remembrance of the first day of NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, March 24, 1999
...The bombing of Yugoslavia represented a significant and shocking turn of international affairs. It was an overwhelming and unprovoked attack on a largely helpless nation struggling to hold itself together in the face of international threats, pressure, and sanctions.
But it was more than that. Although a blatant breach of international law and NATO's own charter, the bombardment was justified by a novel and Orwellian concept: "humanitarian intervention."
This doctrine is now being used by the powerful to justify attacks on smaller nations. It is promoted by many governments including our own...
The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon),
Friday, March 11, 2005
Canada must play role to end Iraq occupation
"On Feb. 22 in Brussels, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced that Canada
would be sending forces to Jordan to help train Iraqi police and, although
Canadian troops are not officially in Iraq, Canadian Maj. Gen. Walter Natynczyk
(with the support of Ottawa) has been the second top-ranking soldier in that
country in his role as deputy commander of the U.S. Army's Third Corps.
"What exactly is it that Canada is helping out with? Across much of the
world, and above all in North America, there is a deafening silence about what
is actually happening in Iraq."
North Central Saskatchewan Internet News (Ensign), Tuesday, December 14, 2004 and Georgia Straight, December 23-30 2004 (as "Bush misguided in use of King's quote")
Bush evoking World War II
Mr. Bush used the keynote speech of his Canadian visit to "stiffen Ottawa's resolve," read one commentary and, seeking to rally support for his position in Iraq, Mr. Bush quoted a 1942 speech by Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King: "We must also go out and meet the enemy before he reaches our shores. We must defeat him before he attacks us, before our cities are laid to waste." ... King was urging his countrymen to stand up to the bully of Europe ... It is the U.S. that has invaded a succession of countries in recent decades...
National Post , Wednesday, November 17, 2004
The province with heart?
It is with particular anger that one learns that in fact the Diefenbaker prairie home is not being honoured, preserved or properly cared for. Closed to the public, emptied of most of its contents, it sits forlorn and abandoned-looking, less than a mile from the offices of those who are exhorting us to celebrate our past.
There is no money, we read, to even keep the building open, so it's boarded up. We are told that it may simply have to be dismantled or peddled off to an entrepreneur or to another institution to use as it sees fit...
Toronto Star, Friday, October 1, 2004
How free trade changed us
Jobs are only one part of the trade equation. As the U.S. chips away at Canada's economic independence, we're slowly losing our sovereignty,
says DAVID ORCHARD
The Canadian Labour Congress chief is rethinking his opposition to free trade with the U.S. and suggests we should be "thinking about industrial strategies in a North American rather than purely Canadian context." ...
Toronto Star, October, 3, 2004
Public power exempt from free trade
Letter to the editor from Paul Kahnert,
Ontario Electricity Coalition, www.electricitycoalition.org
in response to "How free trade changed us"
David Orchard is absolutely right. We are very quickly losing our country, our sovereignty and our ability to make our own rules. One of our competitive advantages over the U.S. was our public power companies that supplied "power at cost," a saying that came down to us from Sir Adam Beck in 1906. Power at cost made Ontario the economic engine of Canada. Our public power companies are exempt from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as long as they remain in public hands. Why would we give this advantage up? ...continue
Toronto Star, Tuesday, July 6, 2004
(Also published in the Regina Leader-Post, Edmonton Journal, Whitehorse Star and Winnipeg Free Press)
Math didn't add up for the Tories
The election is over and the great experiment of "uniting the right" has been put to the people.
Since 1997, the mantra has been that if only the Reform/Alliance and Progressive Conservatives would "get together" then "vote splitting on the right" would end. On the altar of this logic, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada was sacrificed...
Globe and Mail, Monday, June 14, 2004
A graveyard for our dreams: why I will not vote Conservative
For those who want to protect Canada's culture, its environment, its institutions and its sovereignty, Mr. Harper and his inner circle have nothing but words of contempt as they work to dismantle our nation. They march to a different drummer, to the beat of Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Bush, pledging allegiance to a foreign flag...
Ensign (Internet Publication), Tuesday, May 18, 2004
and Wester Star (Cornerbrook, Nfld), Thursday, May 20, 2004
Air Canada: waiting at the brink
For several months the fate of Air Canada has hung in the balance. The same voices raised against a national oil company, a Canadian ship building industry, or a national railway are busy explaining that the idea of a national airline is also both unnecessary and out of date.
Full article with photos continued at www.ftlcomm.com/ensign
Text-only archived here.
Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Thursday, April 29, 2004
Selling last of Petro-Canada major mistake
As if ridding itself of an unpleasant memory, the Martin government plans to sell its remaining shares in Petro-Canada, completing the process of privatization begun by the PC government in 1991, then followed up by the Liberals in 1996.
Created by the Trudeau
administration to give Canadians a
window on -- and a stake in -- the
largely foreign-owned energy
Also published in the Halifax Chronicle-Journal, April 23, 2004 as "Petro-plan: selling the family farm."
Globe and Mail, December 1, 2003
Why we're going to court
A small clique has hijacked
our party and violated its constitution, say long-time Tories
Toronto Star and Winnipeg Free
Press, October 23, 2003
A blatant swindle
The party created by John A. Macdonald and George-Étienne
Cartier in 1854, that founded Canada, is being asked
to vote to extinguish itself...continue
September 7, 2003
The need for a national grid
Published September 7, 2003 in the Winnipeg Free Press section
"The View from the West, A Forum for Ideas and Opinion", as "The need for a national grid"
This summer's blackout in Ontario has left Canadians wondering how a
nation so abundantly endowed with inexpensive electricity could be
reduced to importing expensive power from the U.S. and asking its
citizens to stay home from work to avoid another outage...continue
September 4, 2002
Leave Iraq alone
Published September 5, 2002 in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record
as "Canada must urge the U.S. to leave Iraq alone" and
in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix as "War bad way to mark September
11"; September 15, 2002 in Le Devoir as "Laissons l'Irak
tranquille" and September 17, 2002 in the Winnipeg Free Press
as "Leave Iraq alone."
the first anniversary of the downing of the World Trade Centre,
the drums of war are again beating...continue
Giving up: an analysis of the Canadian government's
vision for Canada
Speaking notes for a presentation to the House of Commons Standing
Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade hearing on
"North American Integration and Canada's Role in the Light of New
Saskatoon, SK, May 10, 2002... continue
What society will be built?
(Published in the Calgary Herald, April 3, 2002 in a slightly
edited version as "Alliance-PC cooperation doomed: deep roots of
the Conservative party make it the only national alternative, David
Orchard claims." Also published in the Montreal Gazette, PEI
Guardian and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix in the original version
under different headlines, the Star-Phoenix's, "Trying to
'unite the right' electoral dead end.")
Canadian Reform Alliance has chosen a new leader and once again
assorted pundits, politicians and commentators are beating the drum
for "union" between the Alliance and the Progressive Conservatives...continue
Guelph Mercury, March 4, 2002
Accurate story to a degree
Orchard sets the record straight on his position on international
I read with interest your story, "Globalization called threat
to sovereignty" (Guelph Mercury, January 29, 2002).
I commend your paper and your reporter for covering this topic which
is of such vital significance for our country and write to correct
a couple of errors which made their way into an otherwise accurate
Ottawa Citizen, October 11, 2001
This Land is Our Land
Sept. 11 should not be an excuse to give up our country and to blindly
follow the U.S. into battle. It's time Canada stood up for its principles...continue
Calgary Herald, August 20, 2001
Erasing Borders with U.S. Will Erase Canada
recent newspaper headline informs us that "Canada and the United
States are poised to consider erasing the world's longest undefended
border." According to Canada's ambassador to Washington, "in
the case of Canada and the United States, the traditional concept
of an international border has lost its relevance."...continue
Globe & Mail, March 14, 2001
PCs Belong in the Centre
Clark has stated clearly, and often, his opposition to any merger
or change of name of the party which he leads. In response, prominent
members of the Alliance have declared merger talks will take place
with or without Mr. Clark's support. Well meaning, but...continue
An edited version of this article was published
in the National Post, March 27, 2001.
Bankrupting the Farm
Over a year ago on this page I predicted that without corrective
action, we would see a worsening of the farm crisis. Since then
over 22,000 more farmers have given up farming...continue
Globe and Mail, March 6, 2000
What Makes Me a Conservative
Preston Manning has decided who is a real Conservative. Joe Clark
is not; neither is David Orchard. Judged by Mr. Manning's criteria
neither is John Diefenbaker, Robert Stanfield, R.B. Bennett, Robert
Borden, Arthur Meighen, John A. Macdonald, Winston Churchill or
National Post, February 4, 2000
Canada's Farm Crisis: The Culprit is Free
There has been a good deal of attention paid to Canada's current
farm crisis, yet strikingly little analysis of its causes. We are
repeatedly told that grain prices are low because Europe and the
United States subsidize their farmers, then dump cheap grain on
the world market reducing the price for Canadian farmers...continue
New BrunswickTelegraph-Journal, July
Monetary union would mean national defeat
In March, the Bloc Quebecois, pointing out that the "free trade
agreement was fitting nicely into our agenda for Quebec sovereignty,"
called for Canada to adopt the U.S. dollar...continue
National Post, June 23, 1999
Globalism's first victim
In March, the most powerful military force in history attacked tiny
Yugoslavia (one fifth the size of Saskatchewan) and after seventy-nine
days of flagrantly illegal bombing forced an occupation of Kosovo...continue
April 26, 1999 , Published as a widely distributed
leaflet and on the Internet
Humanitarian bombing, month two
For over a month Canada has been bombing Yugoslavia. Without a parliamentary
resolution, without a declaration of war and without a shred of
Globe and Mail, March 26, 1999 (published
in a slightly edited version)
Canada at war
Following the lead of the U.S., Canada is participating in a massive
military assault against a sovereign nation in central Europe...continue
Toronto Star, June 29, 1998
(The day David Orchard launched his campaign for the leadership
of the Progressive Conservative Party)
Conservatives can win if they only remember
In the current debate about the Conservative party's future virtually
the only question being asked is how far right the party should
move. The party's history is being ignored as is any serious analysis
of it's past success and recent failure...continue
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, February
This thing is not about arms, it's about oil
So the nation with more "weapons of mass destruction" than any other
tells us to beware of Iraq.
The country which has done more invading than any in history warns,
"Iraq must be stopped"...continue
Ottawa Citizen, October 28, 1997
Free trade has wrought decade of disaster
It's been ten years since the October 1987 midnight signature on
the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
The loud promises of "jobs, jobs, jobs," of greater prosperity from
increased trade, of better, richer social programmes, of unimpaired
Canadian sovereignty, stand revealed as a fraud...continue
Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, June
We must withdraw from NAFTA
Amid a deafening political silence, successor agreement to NAFTA,
the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), is being negotiated
in Paris by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Deep pockets, indeed!
David Orchard responds to the Globe and Mail editorial,
"Uncle Sam what deep pockets you have," February 24, 1997.
(The full text of this editorial follows. David
Orchard's response was published as a severely edited letter to
The State or the United States
(An edited version of this article was published
in the Globe and Mail under the title, "In praise of state
ownership, October 22, 1996)
years we've endured a torrent of propaganda warning that public
ownership is a disease, the only cure for which is privatization...continue
Globe and Mail, July 15, 1996
U.S. grain interests are crippling the Wheat
Not the friendly giants: American corporations controlling most
of the world's food supply are moving rapidly into Canada. Sovereignty
over our own produce is at at stake...continue
Canada's health care under NAFTA: Gangland takeover
(Published as a leaflet in 1996)
assault on Canada's health care system is a direct result of the
1989 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and its 1994 extension, NAFTA,
and was predicted by virtually all the opponents of these agreements
at the time, including opposition leaders John Turner and Ed Broadbent...continue