Regina Leader Post, Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Letter to the Editor
In three columns dealing with the Liberal party's
missteps in the Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River
riding, Murray Mandryk discredited himself by his
vitriolic attack on David Orchard, one of the two
candidates for the Liberal nomination who were bypassed
by the appointment of NDP MLA Joan Beatty. The kindest
thing he says about Orchard is to call him a "gadfly" (Jan.
5) -- perhaps not realizing it has positive meanings
in addition to being a facile putdown -- but after that,
it was downhill all the way.
In his Jan.
16 column, anonymous Liberals threaten to leave the
party if Orchard would "play any bigger role he has
already" -- and Mandryk gives them complete cover for
their sniping. His language heats up when he claims "few
political figures have proven to be as disruptive or
self-serving," as Orchard -- yet he has not one example
to offer of such behaviour!
On Jan. 19,
Orchard has evolved into an "improvised explosive
device"; Mandryk chastises him for "imposing his
anti-free trade views on the world," first by working
outside the system, and then, heaven forbid and the
nerve of him, "from within the political system." A
couple of examples would suffice to show how this
"imposition" manifests itself.
Knowing nothing about Orchard, not lowering himself
to talk to the man (he hasn't since 1988) or to read his
best-selling book The Fight for Canada and his numerous
articles on a variety of topics, Mandryk resorts to name
calling and escalating verbal abuse.
Those who know Orchard, his track record, his
knowledge about and involvement in many issues of
outside international trade ("free trade"), such as the
environment, agriculture, war and peace, are left
wondering: what ails Mandryk?
While waiting for an answer, one is left with a faint
hope that, having perhaps exhausted all his
vindictiveness and lexicon of derogatory terms, Mandryk
would take time to find out something about man he so
frequently writes about. Is that too much to ask?
Marjaleena Repo, Saskatoon
(Repo has worked with Orchard for over 25 years, as a
colleague, campaign manager and senior advisor).