National Post, 15 January, 2008
Orchard: an 'open book' not a 'loose cannon'
by Marjaleena Repo
Re: Dion Plays
To Win With Orchard Snub, John Ivison, Jan. 10.
I wish John Ivison would make a serious effort to
find a more apt description of David Orchard than
"potential loose cannon," as the term refers to an
irresponsible and reckless individual whose behaviour,
either intended or unintended, endangers the group he
belongs to. If anything, in a phrase-to-phrase combat,
Mr. Orchard is an "open book" whose writings and
speeches are available in book form and in numerous
articles, accessible on his website for the
investigative mind. Not a loose cannon item among them,
they are thoughtful and well-researched articles and
speeches on topics of importance to Canadians. Mr.
Orchard's work has gained him an impressive amount of
respect and support from his fellow citizens. His
political history is equally lacking in "loose cannon"
behaviour, unless critical thinking and principled
actions are considered such.
On a more serious matter, Mr. Ivison repeats the
canard that David Orchard "has long opposed … gay
marriage." As his longtime friend, advisor and campaign
manager, I have yet to hear or see words to that effect
come from his mouth or pen. Can Mr. Ivison direct me to
the source, and failing that, cease in the use of such
inflammatory language designed to smear Mr. Orchard's
For the information of your readers, David Orchard is
(as are probably most Canadians) neither a vocal
supporter of gay marriage nor its virulent opponent, and
believes in live and let live.