Victoria News Group, December 12, 2002
Orchard Out to Revive Tories
by Don Descoteau
For three straight federal elections, the Progressive Conservative
party has been completely shut out by B.C. voters. David Orchard
wants to change that.
The Saskatchewan grain farmer, who finished second behind eventual
winner Joe Clark for the PC leadership back in 1998, is in Victoria
Tuesday (Dec. 17) as part of a cross-Canada tour trying to drum
up support for his party. He's hoping to entice people from both
sides of the political spectrum with his ideas on strengthening
Canada's sovereignty with more independent foreign and fiscal policy.
"I think the PC party, if it's going to re-connect to the people,
has to have a big issue, a big idea.
That idea, he states, is defending Canadian sovereignty, a la the
John Diefenbaker Conservatives of the 1950s and '70s.
He complains about the growing number of Canadian corporations
that have foreign ownership, our assimilation with the U.S. in terms
of defence and foreign policy and Canada's dependency on its neighbours
to the south for economic stability.
"If we had a policy that touched on some of these issues,
I think we would connect with not only Alliance voters, but Liberal,
NDP, Green Party and Bloc Quebecois voters, all across the political
spectrum." Orchard is an outspoken opponent of the North American
Free Trade Agreement.
Orchard's appearance in Victoria will be in Room 100 of the Fisher
Building at the Lansdowne campus of Camosun College. The Dec. 17
meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.