Articles by David Orchard
 

Global Research, November 21, 2016
Canada: "A Northern Power" Once Again? NAFTA, "A Monstrous Swindle"
by David Orchard

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." continued...

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December 7, 2013
"Too early to tell"
(an unpublished rebuttal of Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald editorial writer)
by David Orchard

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... continued...

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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... continued...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday, June 18, 2009
(
also published in the Nipawin Journal, Moosoomin World-Spectator, Yorkton News-Review, SK and Edmonton Journal, AB)
Uranium poses ethical, moral issues for Saskatchewan
by David Orchard

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. continued...

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The StarPhoenix, Friday, March 20, 2009
Let's stand on our own two feet
by David Orchard

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. continued...

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National Post, Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Domestic cars and a national grid
David Orchard, Special to the National Post

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 required. continued...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday, December 11, 2008
Coalition move can checkmate Harper
by David Orchard

... 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 the country.

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. continued...

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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
by David Orchard

... 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." continued...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday, June 7, 2007
Lost sovereignty predictable result of currency union
by W. H. (Bill) Loewen and David Orchard

... 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. continued...

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Halifax Chronicle Herald, Sunday, April 29, 2007
Afghanistan and Iraq: the same war
by David Orchard and Michael Mandel

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. continued...

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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

by Albert Horner and David Orchard

... 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. continued...

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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 "sustainable peace."

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 name.

Thank you.

David Orchard
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Halifax Daily News, Wednesday, July 26, 2006, GlobalResearch.ca, and Information Clearinghouse
Standing up for Canada? The Harper government's refusal to demand an end to the bombings of Lebanon
by David Orchard

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. continued...

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Saskatoon StarPhoenix (ed. version), and Ensign May 18, 2006
We are wrong in Afghanistan
by David Orchard

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? continued...

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Globe and Mail, Thursday, April 27, 2006
Dubious Mulroney legacy
by David Orchard

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...

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Prince Albert Herald, Tuesday, February 28, 2006 (in a severely truncated version) and North Central Internet News (Ensign)
Mr. Harper goes to Ottawa
by David Orchard

"... 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 Harper-Bloc alliance.

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." continued...

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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

by David Orchard

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 Jan. 23. continued...

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"Who will speak for Canada?"
David Orchard's speaking notes delivered at January 10, 2006 press conference at Liberal candidate Chris Axworthy's campaign office, Saskatoon, SK

"...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." continued...

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Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Thursday, September 15, 2005
Trade pact cost us a bundle
by David Orchard

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 Canadian prices? continued...

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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. continued...

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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
by David Orchard

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. continued...

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May 16, 2005
The Posse
By
David Orchard

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 Reynolds. continued...

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Edmonton Journal, April 29, 2005
Harper playing dangerous political game with Quebec wild card. Conservative-Bloc minority government won't serve Canada well
by David Orchard

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? continued...

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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... continue

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Friday, March 11, 2005
Canada must play role to end Iraq occupation
by David Orchard

"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." continued...

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... continue

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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... continue

Diefenbaker homestead, Wascana Park, Regina, November 8, 2004.



Photos by Joan Morris, Vancouver, B.C.


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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." ... continue

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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
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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

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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... continued

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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... continue

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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.

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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 industry. continued

Also published in the Halifax Chronicle-Journal, April 23, 2004 as "Petro-plan: selling the family farm."

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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
by David Orchard, Hanson Dowell, Oscar Johvicas, and John Perrin
...Read the story

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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

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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

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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."

On the first anniversary of the downing of the World Trade Centre, the drums of war are again beating...continue

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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 Security Challenges,"

Saskatoon, SK, May 10, 2002...
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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.")

The 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

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Guelph Mercury, March 4, 2002
Accurate story to a degree

David Orchard sets the record straight on his position on international trade

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 story... continue

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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

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Calgary Herald, August 20, 2001
Erasing Borders with U.S. Will Erase Canada from Map

A 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

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Globe & Mail, March 14, 2001
PCs Belong in the Centre

Joe 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

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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

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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 Benjamin Disraeli...continue

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National Post, February 4, 2000
Canada's Farm Crisis: The Culprit is Free Trade

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

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New BrunswickTelegraph-Journal, July 6, 1999
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

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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

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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 legality...continue

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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

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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 their history

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

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Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, February 21, 1998
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

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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

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Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, June 9, 1997
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 (OECD)...continue

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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 editor.)...continue

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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)

For years we've endured a torrent of propaganda warning that public ownership is a disease, the only cure for which is privatization...continue

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Globe and Mail, July 15, 1996
U.S. grain interests are crippling the Wheat Board
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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

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Canada's health care under NAFTA: Gangland takeover
(Published as a leaflet in 1996)

The 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

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