Vancouver Sun and National Post, Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Orchard to get $77,000 from Conservatives
TORONTO – David Orchard's battle with the
Conservative Party of Canada appears to be over – at
least for now.
At a court hearing in Toronto on Tuesday, both sides
agreed that Orchard – the Saskatchewan grain farmer, who
ran against Peter MacKay for the leadership of the
Progressive Conservative Party in 2003 – will receive
about $77,000 from the party to recoup him for campaign
donations he collected during the leadership race.
That dollar figure was agreed to in December 2004,
but the sticking point was wording in a final deal that
prevents either side from pursuing the matter further.
Outside the courtroom, which was filled with his
supporters, Orchard declined to say if he'll pursue a
separate lawsuit against MacKay over a deal that saw the
farmer agree to support his leadership rival in exchange
for MacKay's word that he would not merge the Tories
with the Canadian Alliance.
MacKay won the leadership and later reneged on his
promise by orchestrating the union of both parties.