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Press Release
For immediate release
July 31, 2008

David Orchard and Joan Beatty to contest federal Liberal nomination. August 14th date set for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River.

The Saskatchewan Liberal Association has given notice for the nomination meetings for the Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River riding’s federal Liberal candidate to take place on Thursday, August 14th, in ten locations: Canoe Narrows First Nation, Cumberland House, Deschambault Lake, La Ronge, Pelican Lake First Nation (Chitek Lake), Meadow Lake, Pelican Narrows, Pinehouse Lake, Prince Albert and Red Earth First Nation. The hours are from 2:30 pm to 9 pm, and members can vote in any location convenient for them. Meanwhile, community leaders in the northwest are also requesting that Ile-a-La Crosse to be added to the locations, to serve the over 100 party members in that region. David Orchard strongly supports this urgent request, so that all members of the riding have fair and equal access to a polling location. (See enclosed poster for the exact locations.)

There are two candidates running, Joan Beatty and David Orchard (with a third candidate, John Dorion, having withdrawn earlier).

David Orchard farms organically in Choiceland and Borden, and was considered a “kingmaker” in the Liberal leadership contest when he was able to deliver 150 delegates to Stéphane Dion, helping make Mr. Dion’s victory possible. Orchard, author of the bestselling The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism, previously ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, in 1998 and 2003, and prior to that was a founder of a citizens’ organization, Citizens Concerned About Free Trade, which played a significant role in the 1988 “free trade” election. He opposed the takeover of the PC party by the Canadian Alliance in 2003 and led a court fight to stop the merger. Two years later he joined the Liberal Party of Canada.

Over the last year Orchard has crisscrossed the riding, clocking over 50,000 kms to know and be known, and to understand in depth the myriad of issues facing the vast riding. He has developed strong relationships with aboriginal and non-aboriginal residents alike across the north.

For more information about David Orchard’s campaign in Desnethé, contact his campaign managers, Grant Orchard and Marjaleena Repo at 306-244-9724 or and More information about Mr. Orchard can be found at

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