Vancouver Sun, Friday, Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Political gadfly gives hope to disgusted voters
When Barbara Yaffe writes that David Orchard is "seen
as a gadfly by some in his new party," that is not
necessarily a bad thing. The dictionary says gadflies
"bite or annoy livestock and other animals." Certainly
in the quarter century-plus that Orchard has been on the
political scene championing a sovereign Canada, he has
put a nip or two into some old bulls' backsides. One
could, I suppose, say he's been an annoyance to that
waddling smelly old beast which has become Ottawa
federal politics. (Go, gadfly!)
Let's not forget that other aspect of the humble
gadfly -- it "acts as a provocative stimulus, a goad."
Orchard certainly has stimulated tens of thousands of
disgusted Canadian voters to believe again in the
Canadian democratic political system; doubtless his
example and inspiration have goaded them back into
active citizenship within the Canadian political system.
So here's to gadflies and goading!
Margo Lamont Catamo