The Canadian Alliance-PC Party Merger
Articles and documents about the merger
The MacKay-Orchard Agreement
The agreement signed by Peter
MacKay and David Orchard formed the basis for Orchard's final-ballot support for MacKay at the PC Party Leadership Convention, May 31, 2003.
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Moncton Times and Transcript, June 06, 2003
N.B. Senator Brokers Tory Pact
Noel Kinsella helped orchestrate controversial
deal which gave PC leadership to Peter MacKay.
OTTAWA. New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Senator Noel Kinsella brokered the controversial deal between Tory leadership candidates Peter MacKay and David Orchard that secured MacKay's victory...continued
November 21, 2003, Ottawa (2:35 minute
Watch David Orchard
explain his convention agreement with Peter MacKay
from the November 21st Press Conference.)
Montreal Gazette, Friday, June 06, 2003
"What's most troubling about the MacKay-Orchard Magna
and Video clips...
May 13, 2003 - (Ottawa)
Don Newman hosted a PC Leadership Debate on CBC Newsworld's
Politics show. Participating candidates included
Scott Brison, Peter MacKay, David Orchard and
January 21, 2003 - (Ottawa)
Following David's announcement of his candidacy for
the Leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, Don
Newman of CBC Newsworld's Politics interviewed
him about his vision for Canada... VIDEO
21 August, 2003
Orchard hopes to reverse recent PC policies
OTTAWA BUREAU- The Progressive Conservative party must raise the profile
of agricultural issues in Canadian politics and re-orient policy to
support farmers in the domestic market, says the Saskatchewan farmer who
ended up as kingmaker during the last PC leadership convention....continued
21 August, 2003
Saskatchewan farmer speaks out about controversial
backroom deal with Conservative leader
MacKay talks"ongoing," Orchard says. Alliance
OTTAWA - In his first interview since striking a controversial backroom
deal with Peter MacKay, David Orchard said yesterday he has been in
weekly contact with the new Conservative leader since the May convention
and he expects the party to follow through with running candidates in
all 301 federal ridings...continued
18 June, 2003
Orchard knows how power ticks
In business, as in politics and other walks of life, there are two kinds of power. There is the official clout that flows from your office or rank, and the greater power that comes from the respect and influence you wield as a person.
Power is really about strategy: understanding how much power you have in a given situation, and knowing when to use it...continued
16 June, 2003
I TRIED TO EXPERIENCE the recent Tory leadership convention with Dalton Camp, as it were, on my shoulder. Dalton, who died in 2002 at 81, embodied the history and conscience of the party, which created Canada and built many of its institutions. He ran endless campaigns, including the victories and defeats of John Diefenbaker, then engineered Dief's ouster, for the party's sake, knowing he'd never shake a rap for disloyalty. His was the party of Robert Stanfield and Joe Clark; it created what became the CBC in the 1930s and beat back free trade in 1911 -- though he also worked in Brian Mulroney's free-trade government of the 1980s. By then he was a superb journalist; he had given words so often to others that his own writing had the feel of a jailbreak. He had no use for the neo-cons who took over the Progressive Conservative party lately, nor they for him...continued
Toronto Star (Metro),
15 June, 2003
Davis scores one for Red Tories
I have long assumed that the unite-the-right movement was pretty much
finished in Canada - ever since its leading advocate and spiritual leader,
David Frum, took a high-level job in the Bush administration.
Some political movements would find it awkward, if not downright
embarrassing, to have their spiritual leader in the pay of a foreign
government. Not, apparently, the unite-the-righters, many of whom seem like
they'd be more at home in U.S. Republican circles- which helps explain why
they often appear to be ducks out of water here in Canada...continued
Globe and Mail,
June 12, 2003
NAFTA lets the gas out of Canada
Free trade is back in the news and the news isn't all cheery for those who consider NAFTA Western civilization's crowning achievement. David Orchard distinguished himself at the Tory leadership convention with his unToryish stance, notably his call for a NAFTA review. Free trade doesn't mean protectionism, he said, referring to the punitive U.S. tariffs and duties on Canadian softwood lumber and wheat...continued
Winnipeg Free Press,
June 11, 2003
Orchard brings Tories back to roots
"A deal with the devil", fumed Calgary Alliance MP Jason Kenney. "Coalition with the socialists", declared Alliance leader Stephen Harper. And Tom d'Aquino, president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, borrowed a phrase from the U.S. military hype for the Iraq War. "It's not shock and awe. It's shock and horror."...continued
Winnipeg Free Press,
June 11, 2003
What's the big deal about big deal?
A perception that bedevils the federal Conservative party and the governing Ontario provincial party is the notion that "conservative" and "right-wing" are interchangeable political terms....continued
June 8, 2003
MacKay uncorks NAFTA genie
With cries of "betrayal" hounding new Conservative Party Leader Peter MacKay all last week, you'd think he had just agreed to review the party's stand against cannibalism.
Of course, MacKay is in trouble because he made a deal with rival David Orchard to review the party's position on free trade, to run candidates in all ridings and to make the environment a priority...continued
June 8, 2003
Orchard looks like real Tory winner
OTTAWA-When David Orchard was a teenager, he had an experience that marked him for life.
"U.S. Air Force jets came suddenly screaming out of the Saskatchewan sky, right over our barn," he writes in his book The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to
"At barely treetop level they came so fast and so loud as to be from another planet, scattering the livestock in panic. For months they came without warning. Later I learned they were conducting exercises and were on their way to bomb farmers in Vietnam - farmers struggling to raise their crops and livestock just as we were."
That seed flowered into a persistent campaign that reached a peak last weekend, when Orchard used his power to anoint Peter MacKay as Tory leader...continued
Moncton Times and Transcript,
June 06, 2003
N.B. Senator Brokers Tory Pact
Noel Kinsella helped orchestrate controversial deal
which gave PC leadership to Peter MacKay.
OTTAWA. New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Senator Noel Kinsella brokered the controversial deal between Tory leadership candidates Peter MacKay and David Orchard that secured MacKay's victory.
He still has the folded piece of paper where his tiny handwritten notes marked the beginning of a four-part deal.
"It's just the job of an old Senator," he said in an interview in his office here yesterday, still looking disheveled after a weekend of deal-making...continued
Globe and Mail,
6 June, 2003
History is what happened this morning
I am bemused by the journalistic apoplexy over the deal between Conservative Party leadership winner Peter MacKay and anti-free-trade maverick David Orchard at last weekend's convention. It's at a level up to which pundits rarely reach: "stupid . . . foolish . . . shortsighted . . . desperate" (Roy MacGregor); the new leader will "lose his own soul" (John Ibbitson); he "flushed" his principles down the toilet, along with his party's chances (Chantal Hébert); showing "cynicism and ineptitude" (Richard Gwyn). Everyone referred in some terms to a "Faustian bargain" or "deal with the devil" in the person of David Orchard. You won't have an easy time finding comparable shock and awe on topics such as war and terror...continued
5 June, 2003
A real party pooper:
Outsider David Orchard proves to be straw that breaks Alliance's back
IF YOU SLEPT THROUGH THAT TELEVISED late-Saturday-night (May 31) moment during the federal Progressive Conservatives' leadership convention when red-green Tory
David Orchard threw his support to Nova Scotia MP Peter MacKay -- for a price -- you missed the official demise of American political ideology in Canada. It might as well have been the War of 1812. Canadians are finally repelling the Yanks, or more exactly their Republican party expression, and the proof is that the new Tory leader is honour-bound to forgo unity talks with the U.S.-centric Alliance party....continued
Calgary Herald editorial,
4 June, 2003
But Orchard is right about this -- it's time to do a review of Canada's free trade agreements with the United States....continued
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal,
3 June, 2003
What's wrong with Orchard?
Some say the federal Tories are dead in the water now that Peter MacKay has won the leadership through a deal with party "maverick" David Orchard that had some delegates shouting "shame" and political opponents expressing glee.
But we're not at all sure this "gentleman's agreement" is a bad thing....continued
Citizen, May 18, 2003
Wooing the new Tory kingmaker
Once dismissed as a tourist in the federal Progressive
Conservative party, David Orchard has graduated to potential
kingmaker as he heads into the leadership convention in
Toronto May 31...continue
Elmer Laird's article on David, as taken from the January/February
of the WHOLifE Journal...
David Orchard - an organic farmer offers hope
Orchard is a long time certified organic farmer, writer,
author, environmentalist and social activist from Borden,
Saskatchewan. He has been an organic farmer for 27 years...continue
Vancouver Sun, April 29, 2003
Orchard candidacy provokes Tory nastiness
Something is going on in a Conservative riding association on Vancouver
Island that doesn't pass the smell test. Predictably, that "something"
is connected to David Orchard's leadership campaign...continue
The Vancouver Sun,
April 19, 2003
Maverick has Tories all bent out of shape
Progressive Conservatives have a long tradition of backstabbing
one another and are proudly continuing the practice in advance of
choosing a new leader. David Orchard, one of seven leadership candidates,
has traditional Tories breaking out in hives because he's showing
unexpectedly strong support in the run-up to voting day, June 1...continued
The Vancouver Courier, April 14,
Orchard planting seeds for run at Tory leadership
An organic farmer from Saskatchewan is hoping to upset the Tories'
apple cart. David Orchard came in second in the 1998 race against
Joe Clark, and was famously fobbed off by the jowly one as a "tourist"
in the party. This January, Orchard announced his intent to take
another crack at the top, at the PCs' June leadership convention.
...On the face of it, Orchard's quest sounds as quixotic as Ted
Nugent running for the leadership of PETA, or Noam Chomsky signing
up with the Navy SEALs. But sometimes truth comes riding into history
on the back of error, as they say. Orchard is trying to steer the
old Tory nag back on to its previous, well-worn path...full
Halifax Sunday Herald, April 9, 2003
David Orchard and George W. Goliath
While the guns thunder in Iraq, small rancorous sounds perturb
the air in Canada - a contest for control of the fringe assembly
known as the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, once the
Alternative Governing Party. Oddly enough, the two facts are connected...continue
The Daily News, Halifax, March 31,
Not your typical Tory
He’s not my choice, but Orchard may just be what the party
While the rest of the world wrestles with the complexities of the
war in Iraq, a group of seven Tories are wandering across the country
trying to talk Canadians into joining the Progressive Conservative
The only threat to MacKay’s crowning seems to be an intelligent
and articulate organic farmer from Saskatchewan whose support continues
The Expositor, Brantford, March 29,
Local Tories back Orchard
...While most traditional Tories support Peter MacKay, the vote
tipped overwhelmingly toward David Orchard, a Saskatchewan farmer
who's relatively unknown...full
The Montréal Gazette, Tuesday,
March 25, 2003
A different kind of conservative
It's hard not to like David Orchard. Anyone who can drop into a
Gazette editorial-board meeting and quote liberally from Edmund
Burke, Benjamin Disraeli and John Diefenbaker while reminiscing
about his days at a one-room school in rural Saskatchewan can't
be all bad. Indeed, the soft-spoken Prairie wheat farmer is as amiable
as a border collie and appears just about as threatening.
But he sure has a lot of his fellow Tories frightened...continue
Toronto Star, March 24, 2003
Tory candidates poles apart on call to arms
If the federal Tories had been in power last week,
Canada might have joined the United States and Britain in the war
on Iraq. But then again, it might not. That would have depended
on the identity of their leader. As the seven men who vie to replace
Joe Clark engaged in the second of the campaign's leadership debates
in Montreal yesterday, it was quickly apparent that on the defining
issue of the day the top contenders to lead the Progressive Conservative
party are poles apart.
Frontrunner Peter MacKay would have answered the call to arms of
the White House. As would Scott Brison, Jim Prentice and Craig Chandler,
the latter cheering all the way.
But David Orchard - who is running a solid second in the race for
delegates so far - would have kept Canada out of the fray...continue
New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal,
March 19, 2003
Tory leadership candidate strikes a chord with
Eight years ago this month I started writing this column for this
newspaper. Under the heading, 'A Civil Society,' I have tackled
a wide range of controversial issues, challenging the status quo,
mainstream thinking, and the exercise of power both locally and
globally. I don't know whether to be surprised or not, but last
week's column, "Only David Orchard can redeem the federal Conservative
party" elicited by far the greatest number of reader responses of
the 380 or so columns to which my e-mail address has been attached
over the years.
Obviously, I struck a nerve, as has David Orchard...continue
Ottawa Sun, March 16, 2003
Orchard shakes up PCs
Meteoric rise of anti-free trader's campaign has true-blue Tories
In the skeptical eyes of party faithful, he's the wolf in Tory
clothing who just won't go away. David Orchard, the intellectual
organic farmer from the Prairies, stubbornly insists he's a true
Canadian and loyal Progressive Conservative. But party insiders
claim his anti-free trade, pro-environment agenda puts him more
in line with the NDP and Green party.
Orchard's populist, pro-Canadian message is catching on across
the country -- and it's making true-blue Tories nervous. He's bagging
an eclectic mix of supporters, from disaffected Liberals and anti-globalization
protest-hippie types to celebrity icons and elite business leaders.
As Orchard's leadership campaign builds steam, money and big-name
support, rank-and-file Tories are publicly diplomatic, but privately
scrambling to stop it from snatching the prize...
HalifaxLive.com March 16, 2003
Does History Really Matter To Tories -
Or Is It Just A Game To Keep The Alliance Away?
What I find most interesting is that the overwhelming majority
of federal Progressive Conservatives are not aware of their own
history or for whatever reasons have chosen to intentionally ignore
their own history.
One of Saskatchewan’s pioneer organic farmers, David Orchard has
successfully farmed chemical-free wheat for over twenty-five years
and he has chosen to throw his hat in the ring for the Progressive
Conservative leadership for the second time. Many of you will recall
that back in 1998 David Orchard finished second to former Prime
Minister Joe Clark and was even able to force Joe Clark to a second
ballot before eventually loosing the leadership to Clark.
If activists and party organizers wish to return the party to its
historical agrarian roots of economic intervention then the answer
The Globe and Mail, March 14, 2003
MacKay campaign launches stop-Orchard drive
Ottawa — Tory MP Peter MacKay's leadership campaign has issued
a call to arms to hundreds of senior Progressive Conservatives to
stop left-leaning candidate David Orchard from winning the party's
top job. A memo, sent by Senator Consiglio Di Nino, Mr. MacKay's
campaign co-chairman, suggests that the campaigner against free
trade is not a Tory's Tory. It warns Conservatives they could suffer
the shock of seeing Mr. Orchard lead the party if they do not band
together behind Mr. MacKay...
New Brunswick Telegraph Journal,
March 12, 2003
Only Orchard can redeem the federal Conservative
It isn't surprising to read that the Tory establishment is more
than a little nervous about David Orchard's leadership candidacy.
While New Brunswick MP John Herron glibly dismisses Mr. Orchard
as a party 'hitchhiker,' Mr. Orchard was runner-up to Joe Clark's
successful bid last time around. That means his message of Canadian
nationalism rings true with voters, and that means he could well
move up the middle between the other PC leadership hopefuls to clinch
Globe and Mail, March 11, 2003
Orchard a strong second in Tory contest
OTTAWA -- Tory maverick David Orchard has startled his foes in
the race to replace Joe Clark by finding himself within striking
distance of front-runner Peter MacKay.
With the race just under way and 5 per cent of the delegates to
the May convention elected, Tory officials said yesterday that Mr.
Orchard, an activist against free trade and a controversial member
of the party, is running close behind Mr. MacKay...continue
Vancouver Sun, Tuesday, March 4,
Orchard adds colour to Tory leadership race
Political leadership races are always a challenge for party unity.
That's because those vying for the top prize often dislike their
competitors but must pretend otherwise. And so, in the interests
of party solidarity, contenders are often seen shaking one another's
hands, laughing together and back slapping. In private they vent
In the ongoing Conservative party race to replace Joe Clark, however,
dislike of one of the candidates has spilled out of the backrooms
and into the public domain. An active party member wishing to remain
nameless, on Feb. 28 filed a formal complaint with the Canada Customs
and Revenue Agency against leadership aspirant David Orchard...full
Nelson Daily News, March 4, 2003
Left, right and those lost in between might
"David Orchard is confusing a lot of
journalists who cannot understand his brand of 'Crunchy Granola
Just when I thought Canadian politics could not possibly be more
soporific, two anarchist friends of mine pinched me into a political
awakening. You see, they have just become members of the Progressive
Conservative Party of Canada. I rubbed my eyes, bleary as they are
from endless news clips of blathering politicians. I could see my
friends were not joking. And though my right ear has been deafened
by thunderous calls for tax cuts and privatization, and my left
ear suffers from too much shrill criticism, I was able to discern
the reason for this very odd turn of events.
David Orchard, an organic farmer from Saskatchewan and a self-described
sovereigntist, is once again running for the leadership of the Progressive
Conservative Party of Canada...continue
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February, 2003
Orchard Has PC Star Appeal
His opponents in the race to replace Joe Clark as the leader of the federal Tories vacillate between pooh-poohing David Orchard as a crank and panicking at his possible popular appeal. But he has an illustrious political connection, star supporters his foes can only dream about and policies on Canada's future that polls indicate are more popular with Canadians than the positions of any of his adversaries...continue
New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, 10
Grassroots hopeful is campaigning in town
David Orchard, who is taking a second run at the leadership of
the Progressive Conservative Party, is speaking at two Saint John
area high schools today and twice at UNB on Tuesday.
An organic grain farmer from Saskatchewan, he is also the author
of a best selling book, The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries
of Resistance to American Expansionism. A critic of the North
American Free Trade Agreement, Mr. Orchard is not against trade
but argues the current treaty sets the rules in favour of the Americans...continue
The Moncton Times and Transcript, 13
Tory Leadership Hopeful Would Revisit Free Trade
David Orchard says NAFTA has Canada in a ‘trade straitjacket,’
country would fare better under old rules of World Trade Organization
"We are a cold country," says federal Tory leadership hopeful David Orchard.
He'll get no argument from New Brunswickers, but the Saskatchewan farmer has good reason to state the obvious.
Orchard has visited the Maritimes on two previous high-profile occasions, first in 1988 as an outspoken, nation-crossing opponent of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's North American Free Trade Agreement. Ten years later, and Mulroney safely excised from the public consciousness, he was runner-up to Joe Clark the last time the Conservative party had a leadership race.
This time Orchard hopes to replace Clark and one day lead the Canadian government.
But to hear him talk, Maritimers might wish he was Prime Minister today....continue
Winnipeg Free Press, February 7,
Tories tout exclusionary policy
Not what a major political party should be trying to do
Many years ago, as a youth with a somewhat unusual interest in
politics, I unexpectedly became a delegate to the Progressive Conservative
convention that ultimately chose John Diefenbaker as party leader.
I then lived in Edmonton but, at almost the last minute, a delegate
from the neighbouring rural constituency of Vegreville withdrew.
With so few living, breathing Tories in Alberta in those days, local
Conservatives were unable to find a replacement and I was recruited:
a classic instance of sending a boy to do a man's job...continue
Western Producer, January 30, 2003
Orchard only farmer in PC leadership race
When Saskatchewan organic farmer and anti-free trade campaigner
David Orchard joined the race for the Progressive Conservative party
leadership last week, he made the farm economy something of a poster
child for his platform.
The North American free trade deal is not working, he argued.
The persistent and regularly unsuccessful American attacks on the
Canadian Wheat Board are proof of that...continue
Regina Leader-Post, January 29, 2003
Orchard attracts unlikely support
A former head of the NDP youth wing in Saskatchewan and current
president of the New Green Alliance is joining the federal Tory
party after hearing a speech by leadership hopeful David Orchard.
Victor Lau not only paid his $10 to take out a membership in the
Conservative party, but left Tuesday’s speech at the Regina Inn
with a handful of forms to encourage his friends to do the same...continue
Vancouver Sun, Saturday, January 25, 2003
Maverick Orchard shakes up Tory race again
There's a big black sheep in the little flock of candidates vying
to lead the Conservative party. His name is David Orchard, and he
stands out for several reasons.
First, he's definitely not your typical lawyer or politician fighting
for the top prize. He's an organic wheat farmer from Saskatchewan,
as keen to chat about the evils of genetically engineered foods
as taxation or debt reduction.
Second, Mr. Orchard, 53, defines his conservatism differently
than his fellow candidates...continue
The Edmonton Journal,
c. January 24, 2003
Attack on free trade has broad appeal
A candidate for the leadership of the
federal Progressive Conservative party won the hearts of an eclectic
mix of young NDP-types, disaffected Liberals and grey-haired Conservatives
Monday evening by lambasting the North American Free Trade pact
and other Brian Mulroney initiatives.
"My brand of conservatism
puts the accent on 'conserve,' " David Orchard told an audience
of 100 people at the University of Alberta's Tory Theatre Monday.
"It's about improving the condition of the people and maintaining
the country. It's not about dismantling institutions that have served
Canadians for decades -- institutions like our health care system
and the military"...continue
La presse, 23 January 2003
A Strange Creature
Forget for a moment all your political benchmarks and try to imagine
a conservative who militates against the North-American Free Trade
Agreement and for the Kyoto protocol; who wants a strong Canadian
army, but who is opposed firmly to any intervention in Iraq; and
who is ready to sacrifice the federal budget surpluses in order
to invest massively in the public health network.
To divert you still a bit more, let's add that this strange political
creature is bilingual and that he comes from deep within Saskatchewan,
where he manages an organic farm. Lastly, this original character
rejects any right-wing alliances and has dreams of revitalizing,
alone, a party that many have already buried.
Here, ladies and gentlemen, is David Orchard...continue
The Ottawa Citizen, Wednesday, January
Can an opponent of free trade save the federal
Finally, and fortunately, the official remnants of the once-dominant
Progressive Conservative party have a leadership candidate with
a compelling idea that will differentiate the party from the Liberals.
He also possesses dogged integrity, a rare tendency to answer questions
directly and an ability to communicate his vision forcefully in
English and passably in French...continue
National Post, Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Farmer and free-trade foe runs again
OTTAWA - David Orchard, the Saskatchewan organic
farmer and anti-free trade activist, announced yesterday he will
run for the Progressive Conservative party leadership amid charges
from an opponent that he is a special-interest candidate who has
no place in the party...continue
Take a look at the January 11, 2003 issue of
The Globe and Mail, Jane Taber's "Ottawa Notebook,"
and you'll find the following in the middle of her column:
Finally a campaign?
"...Nova Scotia Tory MP Scott Brison is expected
to declare his candidacy in the next two weeks. There are also reports
that Peter MacKay, another Nova Scotia MP, will make his intentions
known soon. But there is much fear within the party that David Orchard,
the Saskatchewan farmer and anti-free-trader, could take the prize.
Though he has not formally declared, Mr. Orchard is believed to
be the only one signing up new members. In 1998, it was Mr. Orchard
and Joe Clark on the final ballot."
WHOLifE Journal, January/February,
David Orchard - an organic farmer offers hope for Canadians
2003 Progressive Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate
Fifty-two-year-old David Orchard is a long time certified organic
farmer, writer, author, environmentalist and social activist from
Borden, Saskatchewan. He has been an organic farmer for 27 years...continue
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2003
Desperately seeking a Tory leader
Jeffrey Simpson reflects on the search for Tory leadership
candidates as the May leadership convention approaches. He sees
David Orchard as a serious contender who marches to a different
The Globe received the following response to Jeffrey
The Globe and Mail, January 6, 2003
What's a Conservative?
The Cambridge Reporter, December 27, 2002,
Orchard proves green can go with Tory blue
I joined the federal PC party the other day. For those who have
read my past articles this will come as somewhat of a shock. So
why did I do this?
Well, I met David Orchard...continue
Victoria Times Colonist, December 13, 2002
Leadership Candidate for Tories Addresses Canadian
David Orchard hopes his no-nonsense stance on Canadian sovereignty,
which he will outline in Victoria next week, will capture the support
of Progressive Conservative party members, and then the support
of Canadian voters...continue
Victoria News Group, December 12, 2002
Orchard Out to Revive Tories
For three straight federal elections, the Progressive Conservative
party has been completely shut out by B.C. voters. David Orchard
wants to change that...continue
Brantford Expositor, December 11, 2002
Canada first, says PC who wants Clark's job
He wants Canada to scrap its free trade agreements with the United
States and Mexico. He's in favour the Kyoto accord, wants labelling
on all genetically modified foods and is against private funding
of political parties...continue
The Packet and Times (Orillia, Ontario), November
Hydro woes are talk of meeting
Local News -- The sale of Ontario’s power lines and power
plants will be more shocking to consumers than the recent deregulation
of the electricity market. That’s the message delivered by
passionate opponents of the privatization of hydro, led by free
trade critic David Orchard...continue
The Toronto Globe and Mail (Toronto), October
The Lordless Tory forecast
FREDERICTON -- Bernard Lord appeared positively serene. Having announced
earlier in the week that he was closing, locking and bolting the
door on running for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative
The Leader-Post (Regina) and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix,
August 7, 2002
Activist may run for leadership
Anti-free trade activist David Orchard may take a second run at
the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, a
turn of events which has some senior party members angry...continue
National Post, August 3, 2002
Federal Tory leadership Activist poised to win
leadership, MP warns Hazards of ousting Clark
OTTAWA -- Tories eager to topple Joe Clark at this month's leadership
review in Edmonton should be careful what they wish for, warns Scott
Brison, a Tory MP and Clark supporter, who says anti-globalization
advocate David Orchard could end up taking over the party if the
leader is ousted...continue
Toronto Sun, Friday, August 2, 2002
Tory brass suspect coup at convention
OTTAWA -- High-ranking Tories are accusing leader Joe Clark of getting
into bed with a socialist nemesis they fear is orchestrating a coup
at the party's national convention this month. Tories working to
oust Clark fear David Orchard, an anti-free trade activist, is attempting
to take over the Conservative party and transform it into a socialist
The Sun articles moved Joe Hueglin, former PC
MP, PC party Ontario riding president and publisher of the Conservative/Communications/Net
Daily Digest, to publish the following comment the same day, August