Media release, Wednesday, May 21, 2008
David Orchard to run for the Liberal nomination in
"Following an extensive period of consultation across
the riding, I have decided to put my name forward as a
candidate for the Liberal Party nomination in the
northern Saskatchewan riding of
As part of the Liberal team, I will offer my energy
and experience to work for an alternative vision for the
riding and the country to that put forward by Stephen
Harper’s government. If selected, I intend to speak for
Metis, First Nations and non-aboriginal alike. Mine will
be a fighting voice for everyone — the Meadow Lake
farmer, the daycare worker in Sandy Bay, the student in
Pinehouse, the trappers in Cumberland House, or the
fishermen and women in Wollaston Lake. It is my hope to
also be a voice for understanding across the cultural
and racial divide in this far-flung riding, which covers
over half of Saskatchewan.
I pledge my strengths to the battle for justice and
fair play for a region in Canada that has not seen
enough of either.
I am a fourth generation farmer who knows
agricultural issues in my bones. As a teenager I drove a
tractor in farm protests. In 1975, our farm made the
transition to 100% organic production. In 1995, I ripped
up the Crow benefit cheque for $15,000 for my farm at a
press conference, because I believed that the Crow rate,
guaranteed to farmers in perpetuity, was not for sale.
I have spent thousand of hours in the battle for
First Nations and Metis rights. In the 1980s, I was part
of the effort (successful) to save the historic bullet
scarred boards on the front of the rectory at Batoche.
In the 1990s, I stood with the Elders and protesters at
Canoe Lake, was arrested and jailed with them, in the
battle for environmental protection and for a fair
return to First Nations for their forest resources.
Throughout my adult life I have worked to protect our
country’s sovereignty and the environment upon which we
all depend for our survival.
In the weeks ahead, I will continue to travel from
farm to farm, town to town and First Nation to First
Nation across the north to speak, to learn and to
I will ask for support from across the riding and in
turn will continue to give my all, whether on the
national stage or on one in Pelican Narrows or
Ile-a-La-Crosse, for a better, stronger, fairer Canada
for all of its citizens, regardless of race, colour,
occupation or background."