Media Coverage

Maclean's, May 29, 2015
Hugh Segal on the importance of Peter MacKay
by Hugh Segal

Peter MacKay and I would often rib each other. In 1998 he co-chaired my leadership campaign against Joe Clark; in 2003 I co-chaired his for what was then the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. We both admitted that I had done a better job... continued...

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Toronto Star, Monday, November 2, 2009
Liberals and New Democrats together could unseat Harper
Electoral ceasefire would put nation's centre-left majority in political control

Michael Byers

... There is only one surefire way to prevent a Harper majority. The Liberals and NDP should agree to not run candidates against each other in the next campaign. In each riding, the party whose candidate fared worst in the last election would pull its current candidate out, or refrain from nominating one. Both parties would win more seats, with the Liberals potentially forming a majority government. continued...

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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Court orders government to fly home Abousfian Abdelrazik

In what's being called a tough, landmark decision the Federal Court of Canada today ordered the Harper government to fly Abousfian Abdelrazik home to Canada within 30 days — and if it hasn't arranged for a ticket for him within 15 days, the government is required to come before the court so it can "issue further orders" and make sure they do what they have been ordered to do.

Judge Russell Zinn also says he found no evidence that Abdelrazik is a national security risk or has any connections with Al Quaida or other terrorist organizations. The full judgment and reasons for judgment — and it makes for good reading — is here.

Although there is a chance that the government may appeal it, this decision by the Federal Court is a victory for Abousfian Abdelrazik and his family, all those who have supported him, and for all Canadians whose citizenship rights have been put in danger by the government's refusal to uphold them.

It is also vindication for the small of group of people, among them former Trudeau Solicitor General Warren Allmand and David Orchard, who earlier this year, at the risk of ten years' imprisonment for aiding and abetting a terrorist, donated money for an airline ticket to fly Abousfian Abdelrazik home. They did the right thing, as the court has now confirmed!

Two breaking news stories are below.

Globe and Mail Update, Thursday, June, 4, 2009
Court orders Ottawa to allow Abdelrazik to return to Canada
Federal Court judge issues landmark ruling that Harper government has breached constitutional rights on man trapped in Sudan.

Canadian Press, Thursday, June 4, 2009
Court orders government to let Abdelrazik return
Jim Bronskill

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Globe and Mail, Saturday, April 4, 2009
Canadian can't come home, Cannon says
In last-minute reversal, Ottawa says citizen stranded in Sudan poses too great a national security risk

by Paul Koring

Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen, poses so grave a threat to Canada that he can't come back, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said yesterday, abruptly reversing the government's written promise of an emergency one-way travel document less than two hours before his flight home was to depart from Khartoum. ... "The only plausible explanation is that the decision was taken at the highest political levels," [Yavar] Hameed [Mr. Abdelrazik's lawyer] said. "They will do anything to keep him from coming home and telling his story."

"The government is now in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms," Liberal MP Irwin Cotler said. continued...

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Globe and Mail, Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Canadians 'from all walks of life' come to aid of Abdelrazik
Former UN envoy joins lawyers, former government officials and ordinary citizens in denouncing treatment of Muslim Canadian

by Paul Koring

Stephen Lewis, a former UN special envoy, has joined more than 160 Canadians to purchase a flight home for Abousfian Abdelrazik...

David Orchard [said] "I don't like torture and I don't like Canadian citizens being tortured and I don't like our government asking foreign governments to do the torturing." He said he was appalled at the "the hypocrisy of our government condemning Sudan for human-rights abuses and then approaching them and asking them to pick up a Canadian citizen." continued...

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Toronto Star editorial, Saturday, March 14, 2009
Criminalizing charity

Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government prepared to criminalize empathy? If not, it shouldn't even consider bringing charges against the 115 Canadians and others who chipped in to buy a $996 plane ticket to bring Abousfian Abdelrazik home from Sudan. ... The contributors include former Liberal cabinet minister Warren Allmand and former Progressive Conservative leadership candidate David Orchard, plus university professors, lawyers, artists and others. continued...

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Montreal Gazette, Saturday, March 14, 2009
And another thing ... Concise comments on current topics
Doing the right thing

...the donors have done the right thing, making up in some small measure for the disgraceful behaviour of the Canadian government that seems to have thrown up every obstacle it could think of to block Abdelrazik's return to Canada. continued...

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Globe and Mail, letter to the editor, Saturday, March 14, 2009
Taking on Ottawa
by Mary Dixon

Winnipeg -- Bravo and a warm thank you to those who have donated funds for the return of Abousfian Abdelrazik, a much-maligned (tricked, unlawfully held, tortured) innocent Canadian stranded in Sudan (Canadians Defy Law In Bid To Bring Home One Of Their Own - front, March 13). continued...

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Globe and Mail, Friday, March 13, 2009
The Abdelrazik case: Canadians defy law in bid to bring home one of their own
More than 100 supporters chip in for airfare for Canadian exiled in Sudan

by Les Perreaux and Bill Curry

... Former Iraq hostages James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden and former Liberal solicitor-general Warren Allmand are among the donors. Saskatchewan farmer David Orchard, who has dabbled in Progressive Conservative and Liberal leadership politics, gave $400. continued...

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Toronto Star, Sunday, January 11, 2009
Jewish dissenters speak out over Gaza
by Haroon Siddiqui

Judith Weisman, 78, is a Toronto psychotherapist. She grew up in "a very Zionist family" in Baltimore but "began to change when Israel supported the Vietnam War." ... She helped found Jews for a Just Peace; Jewish Women to End the Occupation (since renamed Women in Solidarity with Palestine); Not in Our Name; and an umbrella group, Independent Jewish Voices.

... Hers has been a long struggle, ignored by the media and shunned by "the organized Jewish community" that is solidly pro-Israel. But in recent years, she and other dissidents have been garnering support. In recent days, they've had much company. continued...

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Canadian Press, Thursday, January 8, 2009
Nationwide rallies staged in solidarity with Israel as others slam Ottawa's stance

TORONTO — Prominent Canadians called on Ottawa to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza in the face of Israel's "war crimes" as others planned to rally nationwide Thursday in support of Israelis who have been "paralyzed" for years by Hamas missile strikes. ...Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Anton Kuerti said the "servile" way Ottawa is supporting the U.S. position makes him "ashamed" to be a Canadian.

"The unbelievable war crimes that Israel is committing in Gaza ... it makes me ashamed to be a Jew," Kuerti said at the Toronto news conference. "The servile way in which Canada is supporting the U.S. position - basically it's all Hamas's fault because of missiles that they throw over in desperation - I think this reluctance of Canada to use its influence makes me ashamed to be Canadian." continued...

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Canwest News Service, Thursday, January 08, 2009
Canadian Jews condemn Gaza attack
by Jordana Huber

TORONTO - Physicist Ursula Franklin and pianist Anton Kuerti were among a group of Jewish Canadians speaking out against Israel Thursday morning. ... Franklin said Israel's actions were a "betrayal" of a generation that attempted to learn from the consequences of the Holocaust.

"Never again didn't mean no Jews should ever be in a concentration camp. The never again meant no human being should ever be again in a position that power can determine their lives and there are some people who do not matter," she said. continued...

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Toronto Sun, Thursday, January 8, 2009
Security alert for Jewish community
by Tom Godfrey, Sun Media

Prominent Jewish Canadians criticized Israel’s assault in Gaza today while B’nai Brith officials issued a security alert warning of threats of attacks against the Jewish community because of the two-week-old Israeli military action. ... Osgoode Hall Law School professor Michael Mandel said Canadians are being told Hamas are the aggressors. “It is the exact opposite,” he said.

Judith Deutsch, president of Science for Peace, said the Israeli military action is a crime against the people of Gaza. “Israel has returned to openly committing war crimes,” Deutsch said. continued...

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Prince Albert Daily Herald, Thursday, January 8, 2009
Orchard joins call for ceasefire
by Angela Hill

..."The targets — the mosques, the schools — these things are absolutely unacceptable targets and I just felt that I had to speak out," he said. "We are seeing a heavily armed group attacking a largely defenceless refugee population," Orchard said ... "These are civilians that can't get out... it's like they are in a prison and now they are being bombed," he said. "I want the killing to stop and there needs to be a ceasefire yesterday." continued...

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The Guardian, Wednesday, January 7, 2009
How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe
By Avi Shlaim

Oxford professor of international relations Avi Shlaim served in the Israeli army and has never questioned the state's legitimacy. But its merciless assault on Gaza has led him to devastating conclusions. continued...

This article was also posted on Information Clearinghouse, a source for a good deal of information not often reported on in North America.

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Toronto, Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Letter to the Globe and Mail from Anton Kuerti
To: David Orchard
Subject: Gaza
I just sent this to the Globe; they probably won't print it, but you may use it on your website if you wish.

Dear Editor.

The Honourable Peter Kent's [junior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs] statement that "The position of the government of Canada is that Hamas bears the burden of responsibility for the deepening humanitarian tragedy" in Gaza flies totally in the face of the facts. It is beyond deplorable that Canada should so cravenly mimic the position of the discredited and corrupt U.S. administration and thus bless the outrageous massacres being perpetrated by Israel. continued...

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Meadow Lake Progress, October 19, 2008
Orchard proud of election race
By Kathy Gallant, Progress Staff

"Nationally, there was a split in the vote," [Orchard] said in an interview on Wednesday, October 15. "The Conservatives didn't get a majority, so that means people were out there voting for other parties, and different representation for Canada." ...

Overall, Orchard said that he is happy with what he accomplished during the election, despite not winning the seat. "I was out there, I was interactive, I am glad that I got to meet with so many wonderful people," he said. "I wish (Rob) Clarke luck with this position and in the riding." continued...

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The StarPhoenix, Thursday, October 16, 2008
Orchard criticizes voting process. Identification requirement problematic, candidate says.
By David Hutton

David Orchard and his Liberal campaign team say something must be done to smooth the voting process for aboriginal and rural voters, many of whom were shut out at the polls Tuesday because they lacked proper identification, weren't enumerated or were told to vote at distant polling stations. continued...

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Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 11, 2008
'Lone wolf' at parliament's door. The kingmaker seeks a crown of his own
By Roy MacGregor

... It is early evening, with military stripes of geese moving across the harvest moon that hangs over this field where two combines have been running well into the dark. But theirs aren't the only lights on the landscape.

David Orchard, the Liberal candidate in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, is roaring down the back roads in his 1981 Oldsmobile, a high plume of dust billowing behind. He is chasing someone - not votes, but a half-ton carrying two men clad in hunter's orange. continued...

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National Post online, Friday, May 23, 2008
David Orchard sets out to save Canada. Again.
By Kelly McParland

If you’re ever on one of those TV reality shows in which success depends on the determination to persevere in the face of betrayals, setbacks, failures, dirty tricks and the unreliability of others, the guy you want on your side is David Orchard. continued...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) and Regina Leader-Post, Thursday, May 22, 2008
Orchard to seek Grit nomination
By James Wood

... "When I made that decision to join the Liberals I did so in a serious way. There are good times and there are bad times. I'm a farmer, you have good years, you have bad years, but you won't get too far if you don't stick with things so that's what I've done," Orchard said in an interview.

... Senator David Smith, national co-chair of the Liberal campaign, said unusual circumstances, such as the timing of the byelection, led to Beatty's appointment and normal nominating procedures would be followed this time. "We wouldn't play favourites. It's a level playing field from our perspective," he said from Toronto. "What's that old song . . . accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, so let's move on. What happened happened." continued...

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Media release, Wednesday, May 21, 2008
David Orchard to run for the Liberal nomination in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River

"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 Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River.

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." continued...

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Globe and Mail, Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Liberals unable to rally supporters in Northern Saskatchewan
by Joe Friesen and Campbell Clark

... The by-election loss was a blow for Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, but inside the party, it has also damaged the reputation of the senior Grit in the province, Ralph Goodale.

It was Mr. Goodale who pressed Mr. Dion to cut short a nomination race in the riding to appoint Ms. Beatty. Mr. Dion overruled his own senior campaign managers, David Smith and Mark Marissen, to take Mr. Goodale's advice. continued...

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Prince Albert Grand Council Tribune, November 2007
David Orchard Wants Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River Nomination
by Ron Merasty

David Orchard, 57, a Saskatchewan farmer originally from Borden, along the South Saskatchewan River west of Saskatoon, is one of the best-known Canadians. He has been in the public spotlight for much of the past 20 years. Orchard is contesting the Liberal nomination for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, and wants to become its Member of Parliament. Orchard says that he wants to become the representative of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River so that he will stem the Americanization of Canada by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

People in northern communities of the constituency are receiving him well, he said, and has sold a fair number of memberships. When the Tribune talked to him, he was in Canoe Lake enroute to Meadow Lake for a speaking engagement. continued...

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Prince Albert Daily Herald, 26 November, 2007
Supporter defends candidate's credentials

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to a newscast I heard today in reference to David Orchard and his announcement to run as a Liberal in the Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River riding. I was upset by comments made by his opponent John Dorion who implied that David has no connections to the North and hasn’t a grasp of the issues of that place. He also went on to say that David isn’t qualified because of his lack of Cree language skills.

I am a member of the Buffalo River Dene Nation. The riding in question is very large and Cree isn’t the only Native language spoken. I speak fluent Dene and would like to know if John can freely converse in that. David speaks French. There have been other MP’s who spoke only English and still represented the riding with skill. I think it's a shame that campaign should largely be about race and language.

John also stated that David had no connection to the North. David is connected to the North by blood as he is my former brother in law and has a niece who is also a band member. I have a large family and many of us consider David's beliefs to be close to what we believe in. We accept him for what he is.

David is known by many in the north for having taken part in the blockade of logging roads and clear cutting in Canoe Lake in which he was arrested and jailed with other protesters from surrounding northern communities. David understands that there is a thin line between responsible harvesting of resources and exploitation.

David is a long time activist who has a passion for the important issues of the North and the political know-how to get things done in Ottawa. Our MP should be elected for his or her ability to represent the riding and not for race or lack of Native language skills.

Terrie S. Bekattla
Prince Albert  SK

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The Daily News (Halifax), Thursday, August 16, 2007
The Peter Principle at work
MacKay's deals with the devil bode ill for his prospects as defence minister

By Stephen Kimber

... The defining moment in his political career — what should have marked the end of the beginning of his meteoric rise to power but became instead the beginning of the end of his hopes — was what then-foe, now-friend Jason Kenny called his deal with the devil at the 2003 Progressive Conservative party's leadership convention.

That was when MacKay, for reasons that can only be described as crass, struck a secret backroom pact with his more progressive leadership rival, David Orchard. MacKay pledged to review the party's pro-North American Free Trade Pact policy he had previously supported, and promised, cross-his-heart, not to lead the party into a merger with the right-wing Canadian Alliance. In exchange, Orchard would throw his support behind MacKay and push him over the top in the final ballot of the leadership race. Orchard kept his part of the bargain. continued...

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Western Producer, April 5, 2007
Liberal leader Dion backs retention of single desk
By Adrian Ewins

Before a standing-room crowd of more than 300 cheering supporters in a Saskatoon hotel ballroom last week, Liberal leader Stéphane Dion gave his audience exactly what they came to hear: a spirited defence of the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk and a stinging attack on the government of Stephen Harper.

Standing in front of a backdrop depicting a golden wheat field under a bright blue prairie sky, the leader of the opposition vowed that his party will do everything in its power to derail the Conservatives from dismantling the single desk. continued...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Monday, April 1, 2007
Wheat board vote a ruse: Dion
by Janet French

"The wheat board is under assault — an assault more brutal than anything we’ve seen before," Dion said, backed by Liberal MPs Wayne Easter and Ralph Goodale and supporter and trade critic David Orchard. "Because of ideology, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is determined to kill the wheat board. That is his plan. That is his goal, and I think he must be stopped." continued...

NB: This was a standing room only event with over 400 attending (rather than the 250 mentioned in the article). People travelled from all across the prairies to be present. The meeting was chaired by David Orchard.

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Friday, December 8, 2006
Orchard's strategic influence
by Randy Burton

If delivering support to the winning candidate means anything in politics, then David Orchard's star must surely be on the rise in the Liberal party.

The longtime critic of free trade, two-time candidate for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party and new Liberal can be credited for playing a significant role in Stephane Dion's rise to the Liberal leadership. continued...

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Canadian Press (The Pembroke Daily Observer), December 2, 2006
Orchard ready to spook Dion's opponents
by Nelson Wyatt

MONTREAL. — He's the ghost who has haunted political conventions past. Few have seen him but everyone knows he's here. ... Chatting up a delegate after the policy, Orchard seemed more a soft-spoken banker than a blackberry-wielding organizational colossus. "I’m working hard to help elect Stephane Dion as the leader," Orchard said. continued...

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Toronto Star, December 1, 2006
David Orchard is in the house — once again
by Thomas Walkom

MONTREAL -- Could David Orchard end up deciding who gets to be the next Liberal leader? At first glance, the idea seems bizarre. But the Saskatchewan organic farmer and anti-free trade agitator -- who twice came close to capturing the Progressive Conservative crown -- has surfaced at the nail-biting Liberal leadership convention at the head of a band of 175 fiercely loyal delegates, most of whom are determined to support whatever candidate he chooses. continued...

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An out-of-the-blue swipe at David Orchard by a Globe and Mail columnist... and a letter taking issue:

Globe and Mail, October 3, 2006
Handicaps are hobbling all the Liberal candidates
by Jeffrey Simpson

One person led but nobody won the delegate-selection process for the Liberal leadership. ... But as leadership candidates, each has handicaps that have prevented any one of them from blowing the others away. ... On the prairies, especially in Saskatchewan, Mr. Dion has made an alliance of sorts with David Orchard, a flaky, marginal political figure who is almost a cult. Mr. Orchard ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, then switched to the Liberals. He helped Mr. Dion win delegates, but he's hardly the kind of ally Mr. Dion wants to put in his national political window. continued...

Globe and Mail, October 5, 2006
Mr. Orchard wronged
by Christopher Thomas

... Mr. Orchard, a forceful Canadian nationalist, is an experienced organic farmer from Saskatchewan who adjusts his speaking schedule to seed and harvest time. ... the betrayal of his agreement with Peter MacKay and Mr. MacKay's subsequent surrender to the Canadian Alliance Party remain a scandalous episode in recent Canadian political history that not all of us have forgotten.

And Mr. Orchard's recent move to the Liberals, far from being mere whimsicality, stems from his desire to remain active in pragmatic politics while at the same time refusing to support Stephen Harper's Conservatives. continued...

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Globe and Mail, August 17, 2006
MacKay's kingmaker backs Dion
Former Tory lends support from the West to Liberal hopeful

by Campbell Clark

OTTAWA -- David Orchard, once kingmaker for Peter MacKay's Progressive Conservative leadership bid, threw his organizational weight behind Liberal hopeful Stéphane Dion yesterday. continued...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday, August 17, 2006
Dion welcomes Orchard's endorsement
Support reflective of campaign, says Grit leadership candidate

by Lana Haight

Dion says ... Orchard's support is symbolic of the campaign he's running. "It revolves around rural Canada and urban Canada, a farmer from Saskatchewan and a professor of university from Montreal, a big tent in the Liberal party," he said in an interview. continued...

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Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette, Thursday, August 17, 2006
Orchard backs Dion for Liberal leadership
by Juliet O'Neill, CanWest News Service

Orchard praised Dion's achievements as an ardent environmentalist and champion of the Kyoto accord; a firm supporter of the Canadian Wheat Board and supply-management agricultural programs; a renowned advocate of Canadian unity; and for his call for an immediate ceasefire during the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. "When you add it all up I think that he is an effective leader who can stand against Stephen Harper," he said. continued...

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National Post, Thursday, August 17, 2006
Orchard boosts Dion's farm team
by John Ivison

OTTAWA - If you had spent the last few years abroad -- maybe working for the BBC and teaching human rights at Harvard -- the Liberal leadership race might seem a bit like a soap opera you lost touch with long ago. ... The story took a further improbable twist yesterday when that most liberal of Liberals, Stephane Dion, announced that David Orchard, the Saskatchewan farmer and former Progressive Conservative leadership candidate, was backing his campaign. continued...

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National Post, August 18, 2006
Repairing the Orchard file
Re. Dion's support stranger than fiction, Aug.17

Letter to the editor by David Orchard

I read with amusement John Ivison's lively and mostly accurate piece. But in the accompanying "David Orchard File," the National Post included opposition to the World Trade Organization as part of an extensive catalogue of my sins.

I have long been a defender of Canada as a multilateral trader, and as such an advocate of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its current designation as the WTO. Under the GATT/WTO, Canada both retains its sovereignty and had better trade access to the US market than under the Canada/US "free trade agreements," which are damaging our sovereignty and have brought us tariffs -- including on our wheat and soft wood, unless we pay one billion dollars not to have them -- and numerous other harassment. continued...

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The Melfort Journal, June 6, 2006
Scandals and scroundrels
by Shelley Tomlinson

Liberal leadership contender Joe Volpe returned $27,000 in donations he received from some minor children. ...The Progressive Conservatives ceased to exist because Pete Mackay decided to ignore his deal with David Orchard and unite the right. ... [MacKay] is no longer earning the puny base salary of lowly backbench MP’s (for those who care: nearly $150,000 a year) but he also gets a substantial bonus (read: an extra $70,800 a year).

Note to self: in order to earn a substantial raise and promotion, promise to do one thing and then do the exact opposite all the while pretending you only changed your mind about the issue after the initial promise was made. continued...

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Winnipeg Free Press, Friday, June 2nd, 2006
Orchard dares to challenge conventional wisdom
by William Neville

What makes David run? The David in question is David Orchard, twice a candidate to lead the Progressive Conservative Party, a long-standing and informed critic of the North American free trade agreements, environmental advocate (he's engaged in organic farming in Saskatchewan) and a man given to unconventional thinking. To say who he is is also to say what makes him run, for he is animated by a kind of old-fashioned patriotism and concern for the future of Canada, which seems to discomfit the comfortable and others who seem to be sleep-walking their way through some of the real challenges facing the country. continued...

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David Orchard mulls run at Liberal leadership
Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- Saskatchewan farmer and two-time Tory leadership hopeful David Orchard is thinking about leaping into the Liberal race.

"What I'm really doing right now is taking calls. I certainly had not been considering it, but calls kept coming so I kept answering them and listening to what people have to say,'' Orchard said in an interview. "I'm not ruling anything in or anything out.''

Still, he expressed reservations over the short lead-up time to the convention. The cut-off for selling memberships to would-be supporters is late June. continued...

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Toronto Star, Saturday, March 4, 2006
We need choice on GM foods
By Cameron Smith

"If Monsanto Canada's herbicide-tolerant Roundup Ready alfalfa is introduced into Canada, 'it will be disastrous (for organic farmers),' Orchard says, 'because it would mean the end of farming organic alfalfa, just as the introduction of GM canola in 1996 has all but wiped out Canadian organic canola production.'" continued...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Orchard offers support to Grits
Former leadership hopeful says Conservative gov't would work with Bloc

By Janet French

Former Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful David Orchard publicly backed the Liberals Tuesday, calling a Stephen Harper Conservative government a threat to national unity.

"In triggering this election at this time, both Harper and (NDP Leader Jack) Layton were prepared to play with the fires of Quebec nationalism in order to increase their own positions," Orchard said. "It's a dangerous and a short-term effort that could hurt our country badly. I believe that there's only one party capable of holding our country together, and that's (the Liberals)." continued...

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The Daily News (Halifax), Sunday, December 18, 2005
Orchard incident still clouds MacKay's image
By Richard Foot

"...the Orchard episode still clouds MacKay's reputation with voters. He knows he suffers a credibility problem, and walks with an Achilles heel on the national stage." continued...

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The StarPhoenix, Monday November 28, 2005
Conservative Party owes Orchard more than $70,000
Ex-leadership candidate alleges party being vindictive

By Daniel Jungwirth

Two and a half years after the Progressive Conservative leadership race, the Conservative Party of Canada has yet to pay David Orchard more than $70,000. About $55,000 of that is owed to the Borden-area farmer from donations to his leadership campaign. continued...

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Halifax Chronicle-Herald, November 27, 2005
PM cultivates the Orchard
By Silver Donald Cameron

There's a rumour out there that Paul Martin is courting David Orchard to join the Liberals. It’s a delicious thought. continued...

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Toronto Star, Saturday, November 12, 2005
Still feeling jilted after right-wing marriage
Many unhappy with PC-Alliance union

By Thomas Walkom

Almost two years after the merger that created it, Canada's new Conservative party remains haunted by the circumstances of its creation. ... the Conservative merger seems to have produced an unusual level of bitterness. Two years after the fact, none of the dissidents I interviewed spoke of forgiving and forgetting. The feelings are as raw as they were in 2003 – perhaps rawer. continued...

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Winnipeg Fress Press, Friday, August 26th, 2005
All show and no go on NAFTA
By Frances Russell

Now that the secure access lie is outed, Canada's most dedicated and articulate FTA/NAFTA opponents are urging Canadians to abrogate it and return to trading with the U.S. under international trade law. continued...

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The Guardian (P.E.I.), Thursday, July 21, 2005
Tories underestimate Grits’ power to demonize them, says Mike Duffy
By Wayne Thibodeau

The Conservative party has consistently underestimated the Liberals' ability to paint them as the bad guys, says a journalist described by the Toronto Star as the "ultimate insider"... Duffy said Peter MacKay, the deputy leader and Nova Scotia MP, looks great and is a natural politician, but... "The Liberals would tear him to pieces over this deal with David Orchard," making reference to his deal to merge the Progressive Conservative Party with the Canadian Alliance. continued...

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Vancouver Sun, Thursday, June 23, 2005
Harper, Martin both need some judgment, not a makeover
Barbara Yaffe

...Dealing first with Harper, who even in Conservative-minded B.C. has a lukewarm 38-per-cent approval rating -- behind the two other national leaders -- his image is quite okay. He doesn't need new eyeglasses or a different hairstyle. ...Instead of projecting an alternative vision of hope in response to Liberal pronouncements, Harper projects contempt. ...He also shows a mean-spiritedness in refusing to allow former Progressive Conservative leadership candidate David Orchard anywhere near the party, or refund $70,000 the PCs have owed Orchard since his leadership bid. continued...

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Vancouver Province, June 5, 2005
When politicians play with the truth, it's no wonder young people turn off
Amanda MacGregor

As a youth, I was filled with anticipation and excitement at my first chance to be part of a major political process. It was in 2003, at the Progressive Conservative leadership convention in Toronto, which I attended as a Vancouver Quadra youth delegate. continued...

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Winnipeg Free Press, June 3, 2005
Christians capturing Tory party
By Frances Russell

... The week before the evangelicals' nominations were reported, Ms Stronach switched to the Liberals, turning her erstwhile love interest, Deputy Conservative leader Peter MacKay, into an instant media darling deserving of enormous public sympathy. ... For Mr. Orchard, the bigger issue is that Mr. MacKay betrayed the Canadian people by denying them a second centrist, Big Tent, governing party. continued...

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The Daily News (Halifax), May 20, 2005
Nasty, nasty, nasty. Stronach's defection brings out worst in some
from Rick Howe

New lows were reached this week with reactions to the year's biggest story so far: Belinda Stronach's defection to the Paul Martin Liberals. ... A name came to mind as I heard MacKay use the words "honour" and "betrayal." But David Orchard wasn't trash-talking when I contacted him on his farm in Saskatchewan. continued...

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On May 21, 2005, the Toronto Star published an opinion piece by senior editorial writer Bob Hepburn, "'Dump Harper' bid on the rise," in which he wrote that David Orchard is a "key player" in a group working the phones to unseat Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservative party. Mr. Hepburn had not spoken to David Orchard before he wrote his comment. On May 25, The Star published the following correction:

Toronto Star, May 25, 2005
Not part of move to 'dump Harper'
by David Orchard

Bob Hepburn writes that there's a growing "dump (Stephen) Harper movement" in the Conservative party. David Orchard, he says, is "a key player."

A "dump anybody" movement is one of insiders and, in the case of Harper, Conservative party members. I am neither, and was even denied the opportunity to attend the party's first convention as an observer. A movement to "dump Harper" may well exist in the Conservative party. I know nothing of it. Neither am I part of any other group trying to unseat Harper.

Hepburn writes that this group is "working the phones." That, too, is news to me. The phone calls I am making have to do with prices of wheat, oats and fuel, arrangements for leaf-cutter bees to pollinate alfalfa crops and getting the seed into the ground on my farms.

One would hope the Toronto Star would subscribe to higher standards of journalistic accuracy.

David Orchard, Borden, Sask.

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Winnipeg Free Press, April 8, 2005
Orchard wants his money back
By Frances Russell

David Orchard, the bilingual fourth-generation Saskatchewan farmer who brought the second largest number of delegates to the Progressive Conservative Party's 2003 leadership convention, says the Conservative party is blackmailing him with $77,000 of his own money. continued...

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Hill Times (Ottawa), March 28 – April 3, 2005
Orchard wants Conservatives to pay his leadership campaign money
Conservative Party agreed to settle money issue last February
By Christopher Guly

Denied a Conservative Party membership and refused entry as a "member-observer" at the federal Conservatives' recent policy convention in Montreal, David Orchard says he's still waiting for the party to hand over more than $70,000, excluding another $10,000 in legal costs and interest, he claims are owed to him as a result of his run for his unsuccessful leadership run for the former federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada two years ago. continued...

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Toronto Star, Sunday, March 27, 2005
Linda McQuaig says Tories are still same sheep in different clothing
By Linda McQuaig

... Despite media hype about the new merged party being more open and tolerant than expected, in fact the party is closed to progressive ideas that most Canadians value and that even traditional Tories endorsed.

One indication is the party's decision to boot out David Orchard, even though Orchard recruited thousands of new party members during the 2003 Conservative leadership race and came into that convention with the second largest slate of delegates. continued...

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The Edmonton Sun, Saturday, March 19, 2005
What goes around comes around, says former Progressive Conservative David Orchard
By Ajay Bhardwaj

Orchard, who twice ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party, had a deal with MP Peter MacKay to prevent the merger of the PCs and the Canadian Alliance in 2003. The deal fell apart when MacKay agreed to merge the parties. A furious MacKay lashed out Thursday at Ottawa-area MP Scott Reid for bringing forward a constitutional amendment that would give larger ridings more delegates than smaller ridings at conventions. The idea was a deal-breaker when the parties were discussing merging. continued...

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The Halifax Herald, Thursday, March 17, 2005
Conservatives snub Orchard. Party tells former leadership candidate he's not welcome at convention
By Amy Smith and Stephen Maher / Staff Reporters

David Orchard ran for leader twice, but now he can't even get into the party convention. Mr. Orchard said he got word this week he was not welcome as a member-observer at the Conservative party's meeting in Montreal, which starts this evening. continued...

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CanWest News Service, Thursday, March 17, 2005 (printed in the Edmonton Journal, Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Montreal Gazette)
David Orchard banned from Tory convention
by Anne Dawson

OTTAWA - The federal Conservatives have banned David Orchard from attending the party's policy convention in Montreal for failing to have a valid membership. continued... (NB: This article contains some crucial factual errors.)

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MEDIA RELEASE, March 15, 2005
Conservative party nixes David Orchard’s member-observer status at convention!

David Orchard, twice leadership candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party, has had his member-observer status yanked by the Conservative Party leadership just before the convention. continued...

Listowel Banner (ON), March 9, 2005
Orchard impresses students. Political enigma visits LDSS class
Greg Bisch

"I would have voted for him," said Caitlin Bellamy, a student in Joe Simpson’s Gr. 12 politics class at Listowel District Secondary School, after a visit to the class by former Progressive Conservative party leadership candidate David Orchard, Feb. 28. "I like the idea that we (Canada) have to be strong for ourselves. I hope in the future his view comes into play." continued...

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Imprint (University of Waterloo student paper), March 4, 2005
Canadian identity at forefront. David Orchard visits UW to speak on upholding Canada's economy
Rebecca Temmer - Imprint staff

Like most Canadians, David Orchard doesn't want to see Canada become the fifty-first state. The prominent Canadian politician is currently touring southern Ontario and stopped at UW on Tuesday evening to speak to students and community members. continued...

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Chesterville Record, March 2, 2005 and AgriNews Interactive, March 2005, Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2, 2005
Orchard has fruitful visit to Cornwall
by Nelson Zandbergen

CORNWALL — David Orchard, political maverick and would-be leader of the defunct Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, plowed fertile ground in Cornwall on Sat., Feb. 26. continued...

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Western News, (The Department of Communications and Public Affairs, University of Western Ontario) Thursday, February 17, 2005
Canada risks being absorbed
by Armando D'Andrea

Canada risks being "absorbed" into the United States under current economic conditions and that’s why NAFTA must be reviewed, former federal PC Party leadership candidate David Orchard said last week. continued...

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The Gazette (University of Western Ontario), Thursday, February 10, 2005
Orchard on organics
by Dave Ward

Former* organic farmer and nominee for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative party David Orchard spoke at Western yesterday. A self-described political orphan currently without a party, Orchard focused on the dangers of free trade and closer ties with the United States.... He warned against Canadians looking upon the U.S. as friends. "Superpowers don't have friends; they have interests" continued
*Webmaster's note: David Orchard is of course not a "former" organic farmer, but very much a presently active one!

ZNET, Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Canada, Nationalism, and Empire Justin Podur interviews David Orchard
by David Orchard and Justin Podur

David Orchard ( and his colleagues created the "Campaign for Canada." He was co-founder in 1985 of Citizens Concerned About Free Trade and one of the most visible leaders of the fight against the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the 1980s and its extension to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1990s, on the grounds that these agreements would destroy Canadian sovereignty and the chance for Canada to develop differently from the United States... continued

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My Glendon (Glendon College of York University, Toronto), 12 December, 2004
David Orchard Speaks at Glendon
Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Saskatchewan organic farmer and dedicated environmentalist David Orchard addressed Glendon students at an open lecture on November 29th on the topic of "Canada in a Globalized World"... continued

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National Post, Monday, November 29, 2004
Diefenbaker's homestead gets new home: A replica of the late prime minister's first home gets a new life at a Saskatchewan pioneer village
by Nicholas Kohler

The boyhood home of a Canadian prime minister whose life straddled the hardships of a farming youth in the Canadian Prairies and the intrigues of the Cold War... travelled the 65 kilometres from Regina's Wascana Centre, where it had been kept since 1967, to the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum just south of Moose Jaw. continue...

To view photos of the move please click here.

The Link (Concordia), Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Still fighting for Canada
by Jonathan Pearce

David Orchard is a distinctive voice in the wilderness of Canada's political sphere. Although he ran for leadership of the Progressive Conservative party against Peter MacKay in 2003, his views on Canadian sovereignty are more aptly aligned with those on the left-wing of Canadian politics, and his opinion on international trade fall squarely in-line with many in the anti-globalization camp... continued

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Red Deer Advocate, November 10, 2004
Free Trade called threat
by Tim Gardner

David Orchard, a leadership candidate for the former federal Progressive Conservative Party, says since Canada signed the free trade agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it's actually gained less access to the lucrative American market... The full article

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The Chronicle Herald (Halifax), Saturday, October 23, 2004
Beleaguered Brison feels Tory anger (Webmaster's comment: "And strikes back with ammunition provided by Orchard!")
by Stephen Maher

"... This week, it started Monday, about halfway through question period, when Deputy Tory leader Peter MacKay stood to ask Prime Minister Paul Martin about a call from his office, back when he was finance minister, to lobby for funds for a Quebec company headed by hockey great (and Liberal fundraiser) Serge Savard. After the call, the company received $1.2 million from the sponsorship program. Mr. Brison gave Mr. MacKay his standard spiel and asked him to support the inquiry.

Mr. MacKay responded: 'Mr. Speaker, I had hoped for support from this person before. This is for the prime minister, not the wannabe.' ... Mr. Brison was acid in his response. 'Mr. Speaker, I am surprised that somebody who calls himself a lawyer would not understand the importance of the independence of a judicial inquiry and respect of that independence. I suspect he is having a bit of a lapse of legal judgment today. Perhaps that was the same lapse of judgment that led him to rip up a written agreement he made with David Orchard.' " Read Maher's whole story...

CTV's "Question Period," Sunday, October 24, 2004 showed a clip of this exchange in its weekly section with Jane Taber who comments on "Who's Hot and Who's Not in Ottawa." You'll find it at Click on "Hot & Not."

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The Edmonton Journal, Sunday, June 20, 2004
Sidelined former Conservative campaigns against Harper's Tories
by Alan Kellog

"With no constitution, no convention, no policy input for members, they are setting out to devastate all the great national institutions. There will be no Canadian Wheat Board, no universal access to health care, environmental protection, the list goes on. And they'll likely be propped up by the Bloc, which doesn't even believe in a federal government. They've stolen our name, and with voters in a mood to throw the old rascals out, they seem to be turning to what they think are the PCs, a moderate party. They're not. It's a travesty. It's a very frustrating situation."   continued

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The Globe and Mail, Saturday, Jun 5, 2004
Orchard sitting and watching from the sidelines
by Graeme Smith

The fact that Mr. Orchard bitterly opposes the new Conservative Leader won't surprise anybody; it has been almost exactly one year, after all, since he shook hands with fellow leadership contender Peter MacKay at a Progressive Conservative convention in Toronto and signed an agreement to prevent a merger with Mr. Harper's Canadian Alliance... continued

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The Leader-Post (Regina), Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Some former PCs feel disenfranchised
by Kevin O'connor

Although the Conservative Party says its merged membership is on the same songsheet in Saskatchewan, some former Progressive Conservatives are singing a different tune... continued

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CTV News, Monday, May 24, 2004
Conservatives' 'truth squad' to follow Martin
by CTV News staff

"The modern 'truth squad' will follow Prime Minister Paul Martin in the weeks leading to election day. Deputy Conservative leader Peter MacKay will be keeping tabs and offering rebuttals on what Martin says on Monday.

[Mike] Duffy said the stunt might backfire. 'Is Peter MacKay is going to tell us about truth after the David Orchard deal?'" continued...

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The StarPhoenix, Monday, April 5, 2004
Orchard wins fight against Tories
by Darren Bernhardt

Saskatchewan farmer David Orchard has struck a major blow against his Goliath, dodging a $200,000 lawsuit by the Conservative Party of Canada.

"It lifts a great weight off our shoulders, this threat of huge costs," said Orchard, the former Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful. "It's a significant victory for us. I can tell you our people all across the country are happy." continued... aussi en francais continuez...

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The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Friday, April 2, 2004
Orchard plans comeback for PC party
by Darren Bernhardt

David Orchard, the Saskatchewan farmer and former Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful, has vowed to provide a new federal party to people forsaken by the recent PC and Canadian Alliance merger. When that happens and whether it means a new party on the federal political landscape or resuscitation under the PC banner remains to be seen.

"I'm considering everything now... continued

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Vancouver Sun, Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Orchard a politician in search of a party
by Barbara Yaffe

The man responsible for all but destroying Peter MacKay's political career looks not the tiniest bit remorseful.

David Orchard continues to believe he was betrayed by Mr. MacKay. Mr. Orchard, of course, is the Progressive Conservative who at last May's leadership convention threw his support to the Nova Scotia MP in exchange for a promise the new leader would nix any merger with the Canadian Alliance. Mr. MacKay shortly thereafter reneged on the deal... continued

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Canadian Press, Friday, December 5, 2003
Ontario judge rejects Tory maverick David Orchard's lawsuit
by Greg Bonnell

David Orchard's lawsuit against the Progressive Conservative party over its proposal to merge with the Canadian Alliance has no merit, an Ontario judge ruled Friday.

"The application is dismissed in its entirety," Superior Court Justice Russell Juriansz said in a written decision... continued

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Edmonton Journal, October 26, 2003
Orchard won't roll over on merger
After years in the political wilderness, David Orchard is a hot commodity on the media circuit as he fights the PC and Alliance merger
by Alan Kellogg

SASKATOON - David Orchard world headquarters occupies a modest storefront next door to China Clipper Fish & Chips on a busy street just north of Saskatoon's attractive city centre.

Just across 2nd Avenue sits the gleaming bone-white Modern Press building, a restored art deco gem that was once home to The Western Producer, the weekly bible of agriculture and farm life that still remains the largest-selling periodical of its stripe in Canada.

Later on, the handsome edifice housed the North American operations of a French uranium corporation.

In his own dogged way, Orchard, a fourth-generation farmer from nearby Borden. has proudly maintained the explosive heritage of the block...continued

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Ottawa Citizen, October 25, 2003
David Orchard's love of Canada is something we can all believe in
by Margret Kopala

Following two bids for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservatives and a week of wall-to-wall media coverage in which he railed against the Canadian Alliance/Progressive Conservative unity deal, David Orchard is no better known than he was in 1985 when he founded Citizens Concerned About Free Trade. Scorned as a "tourist" in the PC party, the fourth-generation Saskatchewan farmer's best-selling book, The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance of American Expansionism, reveals instead a man who may be Canada's last radical tory...continued

To order David's Book The Fight for Canada ...go to

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Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September, 2003
MacKay out on limbs over talks

by William Neville

...if the electorate's somewhat inexplicable attachment to Paul Martin holds through to the next election, uniting the right may become a marginal issue. But part of the reason for the parties revisiting union no doubt, lies in an inability to see beyond cherished illusions: some Conservative and many Alliance members and supporters still believe that all they require is to proclaim themselves a single party and all those electors who previously voted for the two will -- Presto! -- vote for the one....continued

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Western Producer, 21 August, 2003
Orchard hopes to reverse recent PC policies

by Barry Wilson

OTTAWA BUREAU- The Progressive Conservative party must raise the profile of agricultural issues in Canadian politics and re-orient policy to support farmers in the domestic market, says the Saskatchewan farmer who ended up as kingmaker during the last PC leadership convention....continued

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National Post, 21 August, 2003
Saskatchewan farmer speaks out about controversial backroom deal with Conservative leader

MacKay talks"ongoing," Orchard says. Alliance party concerned.
by Bill Curry

OTTAWA - In his first interview since striking a controversial backroom deal with Peter MacKay, David Orchard said yesterday he has been in weekly contact with the new Conservative leader since the May convention and he expects the party to follow through with running candidates in all 301 federal ridings...continued

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FINANCIAL POST, 18 June, 2003
Orchard knows how power ticks

by Michael Stern

In business, as in politics and other walks of life, there are two kinds of power. There is the official clout that flows from your office or rank, and the greater power that comes from the respect and influence you wield as a person. Power is really about strategy: understanding how much power you have in a given situation, and knowing when to use it...continued

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Maclean's, 16 June, 2003
Troublesome Tories

by Rick Salutin

I TRIED TO EXPERIENCE the recent Tory leadership convention with Dalton Camp, as it were, on my shoulder. Dalton, who died in 2002 at 81, embodied the history and conscience of the party, which created Canada and built many of its institutions. He ran endless campaigns, including the victories and defeats of John Diefenbaker, then engineered Dief's ouster, for the party's sake, knowing he'd never shake a rap for disloyalty. His was the party of Robert Stanfield and Joe Clark; it created what became the CBC in the 1930s and beat back free trade in 1911 -- though he also worked in Brian Mulroney's free-trade government of the 1980s. By then he was a superb journalist; he had given words so often to others that his own writing had the feel of a jailbreak. He had no use for the neo-cons who took over the Progressive Conservative party lately, nor they for him...continued

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Toronto Star (Metro), 15 June, 2003
Davis scores one for Red Tories

by Linda McQuaig

I have long assumed that the unite-the-right movement was pretty much finished in Canada - ever since its leading advocate and spiritual leader, David Frum, took a high-level job in the Bush administration.

Some political movements would find it awkward, if not downright embarrassing, to have their spiritual leader in the pay of a foreign government. Not, apparently, the unite-the-righters, many of whom seem like they'd be more at home in U.S. Republican circles- which helps explain why they often appear to be ducks out of water here in Canada...continued

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Globe and Mail, June 12, 2003
NAFTA lets the gas out of Canada

by Eric Reguly

Free trade is back in the news and the news isn't all cheery for those who consider NAFTA Western civilization's crowning achievement. David Orchard distinguished himself at the Tory leadership convention with his unToryish stance, notably his call for a NAFTA review. Free trade doesn't mean protectionism, he said, referring to the punitive U.S. tariffs and duties on Canadian softwood lumber and wheat...continued

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Winnipeg Free Press, June 11, 2003
Orchard brings Tories back to roots

By Frances Russell

"A deal with the devil", fumed Calgary Alliance MP Jason Kenney. "Coalition with the socialists", declared Alliance leader Stephen Harper. And Tom d'Aquino, president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, borrowed a phrase from the U.S. military hype for the Iraq War. "It's not shock and awe. It's shock and horror."...continued

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Winnipeg Free Press, June 11, 2003
What's the big deal about big deal?

By Rae Murphy

A perception that bedevils the federal Conservative party and the governing Ontario provincial party is the notion that "conservative" and "right-wing" are interchangeable political terms....continued

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Toronto Star, June 8, 2003
MacKay uncorks NAFTA genie

by Linda McQuaig

With cries of "betrayal" hounding new Conservative Party Leader Peter MacKay all last week, you'd think he had just agreed to review the party's stand against cannibalism.

Of course, MacKay is in trouble because he made a deal with rival David Orchard to review the party's position on free trade, to run candidates in all ridings and to make the environment a priority...continued

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Toronto Star, June 8, 2003
Orchard looks like real Tory winner

by Graham Fraser

OTTAWA-When David Orchard was a teenager, he had an experience that marked him for life.

"U.S. Air Force jets came suddenly screaming out of the Saskatchewan sky, right over our barn," he writes in his book The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism.

"At barely treetop level they came so fast and so loud as to be from another planet, scattering the livestock in panic. For months they came without warning. Later I learned they were conducting exercises and were on their way to bomb farmers in Vietnam - farmers struggling to raise their crops and livestock just as we were."

That seed flowered into a persistent campaign that reached a peak last weekend, when Orchard used his power to anoint Peter MacKay as Tory leader...continued

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Moncton Times and Transcript, June 06, 2003
N.B. Senator Brokers Tory Pact
Noel Kinsella helped orchestrate controversial deal which gave PC leadership to Peter MacKay.

By Campbell Morrison

OTTAWA. New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Senator Noel Kinsella brokered the controversial deal between Tory leadership candidates Peter MacKay and David Orchard that secured MacKay's victory.

He still has the folded piece of paper where his tiny handwritten notes marked the beginning of a four-part deal.

"It's just the job of an old Senator," he said in an interview in his office here yesterday, still looking disheveled after a weekend of deal-making...continued

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Globe and Mail, 6 June, 2003
History is what happened this morning

by Rick Salutin

I am bemused by the journalistic apoplexy over the deal between Conservative Party leadership winner Peter MacKay and anti-free-trade maverick David Orchard at last weekend's convention. It's at a level up to which pundits rarely reach: "stupid . . . foolish . . . shortsighted . . . desperate" (Roy MacGregor); the new leader will "lose his own soul" (John Ibbitson); he "flushed" his principles down the toilet, along with his party's chances (Chantal Hébert); showing "cynicism and ineptitude" (Richard Gwyn). Everyone referred in some terms to a "Faustian bargain" or "deal with the devil" in the person of David Orchard. You won't have an easy time finding comparable shock and awe on topics such as war and terror...continued

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Now Magazine, 5 June, 2003
A real party pooper:
Outsider David Orchard proves to be straw that breaks Alliance's back

by John Bacher

IF YOU SLEPT THROUGH THAT TELEVISED late-Saturday-night (May 31) moment during the federal Progressive Conservatives' leadership convention when red-green Tory David Orchard threw his support to Nova Scotia MP Peter MacKay -- for a price -- you missed the official demise of American political ideology in Canada. It might as well have been the War of 1812. Canadians are finally repelling the Yanks, or more exactly their Republican party expression, and the proof is that the new Tory leader is honour-bound to forgo unity talks with the U.S.-centric Alliance party....continued

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Calgary Herald editorial, 4 June, 2003

But Orchard is right about this -- it's time to do a review of Canada's free trade agreements with the United States....continued

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Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, 3 June, 2003
What's wrong with Orchard?

Some say the federal Tories are dead in the water now that Peter MacKay has won the leadership through a deal with party "maverick" David Orchard that had some delegates shouting "shame" and political opponents expressing glee.

But we're not at all sure this "gentleman's agreement" is a bad thing....continued

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Ottawa Citizen, May 18, 2003
Wooing the new Tory kingmaker
by Norma Greenaway

Once dismissed as a tourist in the federal Progressive Conservative party, David Orchard has graduated to potential kingmaker as he heads into the leadership convention in Toronto May 31...continued

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Read Elmer Laird's article on David, as taken from the January/February 2003 edition of the WHOLifE Journal...
David Orchard - an organic farmer offers hope for Canadians

Fifty-two-year-old David Orchard is a long time certified organic farmer, writer, author, environmentalist and social activist from Borden, Saskatchewan. He has been an organic farmer for 27 years...continued

Vancouver Sun, April 29, 2003
Orchard candidacy provokes Tory nastiness
by Barbara Yaffe

Something is going on in a Conservative riding association on Vancouver Island that doesn't pass the smell test. Predictably, that "something" is connected to David Orchard's leadership campaign...continue

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The Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2003
Maverick has Tories all bent out of shape

by Barbara Yaffe

Progressive Conservatives have a long tradition of backstabbing one another and are proudly continuing the practice in advance of choosing a new leader. David Orchard, one of seven leadership candidates, has traditional Tories breaking out in hives because he's showing unexpectedly strong support in the run-up to voting day, June 1...continued

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The Vancouver Courier, April 14, 2003
Orchard planting seeds for run at Tory leadership
by Geoff Olson

An organic farmer from Saskatchewan is hoping to upset the Tories' apple cart. David Orchard came in second in the 1998 race against Joe Clark, and was famously fobbed off by the jowly one as a "tourist" in the party. This January, Orchard announced his intent to take another crack at the top, at the PCs' June leadership convention.

...On the face of it, Orchard's quest sounds as quixotic as Ted Nugent running for the leadership of PETA, or Noam Chomsky signing up with the Navy SEALs. But sometimes truth comes riding into history on the back of error, as they say. Orchard is trying to steer the old Tory nag back on to its previous, well-worn path...full article

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Halifax Sunday Herald, April 9, 2003
David Orchard and George W. Goliath
by Silver Donald Cameron

While the guns thunder in Iraq, small rancorous sounds perturb the air in Canada - a contest for control of the fringe assembly known as the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, once the Alternative Governing Party. Oddly enough, the two facts are connected...continue

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The Daily News, Halifax, March 31, 2003
Not your typical Tory
He’s not my choice, but Orchard may just be what the party needs
by Sherri Aikenhead

While the rest of the world wrestles with the complexities of the war in Iraq, a group of seven Tories are wandering across the country trying to talk Canadians into joining the Progressive Conservative party...

The only threat to MacKay’s crowning seems to be an intelligent and articulate organic farmer from Saskatchewan whose support continues to grow...full article

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The Expositor, Brantford, March 29, 2003
Local Tories back Orchard
by Susan Gamble

...While most traditional Tories support Peter MacKay, the vote tipped overwhelmingly toward David Orchard, a Saskatchewan farmer who's relatively unknown...full article

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The Montréal Gazette, Tuesday, March 25, 2003
A different kind of conservative

It's hard not to like David Orchard. Anyone who can drop into a Gazette editorial-board meeting and quote liberally from Edmund Burke, Benjamin Disraeli and John Diefenbaker while reminiscing about his days at a one-room school in rural Saskatchewan can't be all bad. Indeed, the soft-spoken Prairie wheat farmer is as amiable as a border collie and appears just about as threatening.

But he sure has a lot of his fellow Tories frightened...continue

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Toronto Star, March 24, 2003
Tory candidates poles apart on call to arms
by Chantal Hébert

If the federal Tories had been in power last week, Canada might have joined the United States and Britain in the war on Iraq. But then again, it might not. That would have depended on the identity of their leader. As the seven men who vie to replace Joe Clark engaged in the second of the campaign's leadership debates in Montreal yesterday, it was quickly apparent that on the defining issue of the day the top contenders to lead the Progressive Conservative party are poles apart.

Frontrunner Peter MacKay would have answered the call to arms of the White House. As would Scott Brison, Jim Prentice and Craig Chandler, the latter cheering all the way.

But David Orchard - who is running a solid second in the race for delegates so far - would have kept Canada out of the fray...continue

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New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, March 19, 2003
Tory leadership candidate strikes a chord with Canadians
by Janice Harvey , "A Civil Society"

Eight years ago this month I started writing this column for this newspaper. Under the heading, 'A Civil Society,' I have tackled a wide range of controversial issues, challenging the status quo, mainstream thinking, and the exercise of power both locally and globally. I don't know whether to be surprised or not, but last week's column, "Only David Orchard can redeem the federal Conservative party" elicited by far the greatest number of reader responses of the 380 or so columns to which my e-mail address has been attached over the years.

Obviously, I struck a nerve, as has David Orchard...continue

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Ottawa Sun, March 16, 2003
Orchard shakes up PCs
Meteoric rise of anti-free trader's campaign has true-blue Tories seeing red

by Kathleen Harris, Parliamentary Bureau

In the skeptical eyes of party faithful, he's the wolf in Tory clothing who just won't go away. David Orchard, the intellectual organic farmer from the Prairies, stubbornly insists he's a true Canadian and loyal Progressive Conservative. But party insiders claim his anti-free trade, pro-environment agenda puts him more in line with the NDP and Green party.

Orchard's populist, pro-Canadian message is catching on across the country -- and it's making true-blue Tories nervous. He's bagging an eclectic mix of supporters, from disaffected Liberals and anti-globalization protest-hippie types to celebrity icons and elite business leaders.

As Orchard's leadership campaign builds steam, money and big-name support, rank-and-file Tories are publicly diplomatic, but privately scrambling to stop it from snatching the prize... continue

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Does History Really Matter To Tories -
Or Is It Just A Game To Keep The Alliance Away?

by Clinton P. Desveaux

What I find most interesting is that the overwhelming majority of federal Progressive Conservatives are not aware of their own history or for whatever reasons have chosen to intentionally ignore their own history.

One of Saskatchewan’s pioneer organic farmers, David Orchard has successfully farmed chemical-free wheat for over twenty-five years and he has chosen to throw his hat in the ring for the Progressive Conservative leadership for the second time. Many of you will recall that back in 1998 David Orchard finished second to former Prime Minister Joe Clark and was even able to force Joe Clark to a second ballot before eventually loosing the leadership to Clark.

If activists and party organizers wish to return the party to its historical agrarian roots of economic intervention then the answer is yes!... continue

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The Globe and Mail, March 14, 2003
MacKay campaign launches stop-Orchard drive
by Brian Laghi and Campbell Clark

Ottawa — Tory MP Peter MacKay's leadership campaign has issued a call to arms to hundreds of senior Progressive Conservatives to stop left-leaning candidate David Orchard from winning the party's top job. A memo, sent by Senator Consiglio Di Nino, Mr. MacKay's campaign co-chairman, suggests that the campaigner against free trade is not a Tory's Tory. It warns Conservatives they could suffer the shock of seeing Mr. Orchard lead the party if they do not band together behind Mr. MacKay... continue

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New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, March 12, 2003
Only Orchard can redeem the federal Conservative party
by Janice Harvey

It isn't surprising to read that the Tory establishment is more than a little nervous about David Orchard's leadership candidacy. While New Brunswick MP John Herron glibly dismisses Mr. Orchard as a party 'hitchhiker,' Mr. Orchard was runner-up to Joe Clark's successful bid last time around. That means his message of Canadian nationalism rings true with voters, and that means he could well move up the middle between the other PC leadership hopefuls to clinch the leadership...continue

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Globe and Mail, March 11, 2003
Orchard a strong second in Tory contest
by Brian Laghi

OTTAWA -- Tory maverick David Orchard has startled his foes in the race to replace Joe Clark by finding himself within striking distance of front-runner Peter MacKay.

With the race just under way and 5 per cent of the delegates to the May convention elected, Tory officials said yesterday that Mr. Orchard, an activist against free trade and a controversial member of the party, is running close behind Mr. MacKay...continue

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Vancouver Sun, Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Orchard adds colour to Tory leadership race
by Barbara Yaffe

Political leadership races are always a challenge for party unity. That's because those vying for the top prize often dislike their competitors but must pretend otherwise. And so, in the interests of party solidarity, contenders are often seen shaking one another's hands, laughing together and back slapping. In private they vent truer feelings...

In the ongoing Conservative party race to replace Joe Clark, however, dislike of one of the candidates has spilled out of the backrooms and into the public domain. An active party member wishing to remain nameless, on Feb. 28 filed a formal complaint with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency against leadership aspirant David Orchard...full story

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Nelson Daily News, March 4, 2003
Left, right and those lost in between might like Orchard
by Jocelyn Carver

"David Orchard is confusing a lot of journalists who cannot understand his brand of 'Crunchy Granola Conservatism.'"

Just when I thought Canadian politics could not possibly be more soporific, two anarchist friends of mine pinched me into a political awakening. You see, they have just become members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. I rubbed my eyes, bleary as they are from endless news clips of blathering politicians. I could see my friends were not joking. And though my right ear has been deafened by thunderous calls for tax cuts and privatization, and my left ear suffers from too much shrill criticism, I was able to discern the reason for this very odd turn of events.

David Orchard, an organic farmer from Saskatchewan and a self-described sovereigntist, is once again running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada...continue

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Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February, 2003
Orchard Has PC Star Appeal
Frances Russell

His opponents in the race to replace Joe Clark as the leader of the federal Tories vacillate between pooh-poohing David Orchard as a crank and panicking at his possible popular appeal. But he has an illustrious political connection, star supporters his foes can only dream about and policies on Canada's future that polls indicate are more popular with Canadians than the positions of any of his adversaries...continue

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New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, 10 February, 2003
Grassroots hopeful is campaigning in town

David Orchard, who is taking a second run at the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, is speaking at two Saint John area high schools today and twice at UNB on Tuesday.

An organic grain farmer from Saskatchewan, he is also the author of a best selling book, The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism. A critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mr. Orchard is not against trade but argues the current treaty sets the rules in favour of the Americans...continue

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The Moncton Times and Transcript, 13 February, 2003
Tory Leadership Hopeful Would Revisit Free Trade Agreement
David Orchard says NAFTA has Canada in a ‘trade straitjacket,’ country would fare better under old rules of World Trade Organization

"We are a cold country," says federal Tory leadership hopeful David Orchard.

He'll get no argument from New Brunswickers, but the Saskatchewan farmer has good reason to state the obvious.

Orchard has visited the Maritimes on two previous high-profile occasions, first in 1988 as an outspoken, nation-crossing opponent of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's North American Free Trade Agreement. Ten years later, and Mulroney safely excised from the public consciousness, he was runner-up to Joe Clark the last time the Conservative party had a leadership race.

This time Orchard hopes to replace Clark and one day lead the Canadian government.

But to hear him talk, Maritimers might wish he was Prime Minister today....continue

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Winnipeg Free Press, February 7, 2003
Tories tout exclusionary policy
Not what a major political party should be trying to do

by William Neville

Many years ago, as a youth with a somewhat unusual interest in politics, I unexpectedly became a delegate to the Progressive Conservative convention that ultimately chose John Diefenbaker as party leader. I then lived in Edmonton but, at almost the last minute, a delegate from the neighbouring rural constituency of Vegreville withdrew. With so few living, breathing Tories in Alberta in those days, local Conservatives were unable to find a replacement and I was recruited: a classic instance of sending a boy to do a man's job...continue

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Western Producer, January 30, 2003
Orchard only farmer in PC leadership race
by Barry Wilson. Ottawa bureau

When Saskatchewan organic farmer and anti-free trade campaigner David Orchard joined the race for the Progressive Conservative party leadership last week, he made the farm economy something of a poster child for his platform.

The North American free trade deal is not working, he argued. The persistent and regularly unsuccessful American attacks on the Canadian Wheat Board are proof of that...continue

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Regina Leader-Post, January 29, 2003
Orchard attracts unlikely support
by Barb Pacholik

A former head of the NDP youth wing in Saskatchewan and current president of the New Green Alliance is joining the federal Tory party after hearing a speech by leadership hopeful David Orchard. Victor Lau not only paid his $10 to take out a membership in the Conservative party, but left Tuesday’s speech at the Regina Inn with a handful of forms to encourage his friends to do the same...continue

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Vancouver Sun, Saturday, January 25, 2003
Maverick Orchard shakes up Tory race again
by Barbara Yaffe

There's a big black sheep in the little flock of candidates vying to lead the Conservative party. His name is David Orchard, and he stands out for several reasons.

First, he's definitely not your typical lawyer or politician fighting for the top prize. He's an organic wheat farmer from Saskatchewan, as keen to chat about the evils of genetically engineered foods as taxation or debt reduction.

Second, Mr. Orchard, 53, defines his conservatism differently than his fellow candidates...continue

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The Edmonton Journal, c. January 24, 2003
Attack on free trade has broad appeal

by Jim Farrell

A candidate for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative party won the hearts of an eclectic mix of young NDP-types, disaffected Liberals and grey-haired Conservatives Monday evening by lambasting the North American Free Trade pact and other Brian Mulroney initiatives.

"My brand of conservatism puts the accent on 'conserve,' " David Orchard told an audience of 100 people at the University of Alberta's Tory Theatre Monday. "It's about improving the condition of the people and maintaining the country. It's not about dismantling institutions that have served Canadians for decades -- institutions like our health care system and the military"...continue

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La presse, 23 January 2003
A Strange Creature
by Vincent Marissal

Forget for a moment all your political benchmarks and try to imagine a conservative who militates against the North-American Free Trade Agreement and for the Kyoto protocol; who wants a strong Canadian army, but who is opposed firmly to any intervention in Iraq; and who is ready to sacrifice the federal budget surpluses in order to invest massively in the public health network.

To divert you still a bit more, let's add that this strange political creature is bilingual and that he comes from deep within Saskatchewan, where he manages an organic farm. Lastly, this original character rejects any right-wing alliances and has dreams of revitalizing, alone, a party that many have already buried.

Here, ladies and gentlemen, is David Orchard...continue

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The Ottawa Citizen, Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Can an opponent of free trade save the federal Conservatives?
by Susan Riley

Finally, and fortunately, the official remnants of the once-dominant Progressive Conservative party have a leadership candidate with a compelling idea that will differentiate the party from the Liberals. He also possesses dogged integrity, a rare tendency to answer questions directly and an ability to communicate his vision forcefully in English and passably in French...continue

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National Post, Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Farmer and free-trade foe runs again
by Sheldon Alberts, Deputy Ottawa Bureau Chief

OTTAWA - David Orchard, the Saskatchewan organic farmer and anti-free trade activist, announced yesterday he will run for the Progressive Conservative party leadership amid charges from an opponent that he is a special-interest candidate who has no place in the party...continue

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Take a look at the January 11, 2003 issue of The Globe and Mail, Jane Taber's "Ottawa Notebook," and you'll find the following in the middle of her column:

Finally a campaign?

"...Nova Scotia Tory MP Scott Brison is expected to declare his candidacy in the next two weeks. There are also reports that Peter MacKay, another Nova Scotia MP, will make his intentions known soon. But there is much fear within the party that David Orchard, the Saskatchewan farmer and anti-free-trader, could take the prize. Though he has not formally declared, Mr. Orchard is believed to be the only one signing up new members. In 1998, it was Mr. Orchard and Joe Clark on the final ballot."

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WHOLifE Journal, January/February, 2003
David Orchard - an organic farmer offers hope for Canadians

2003 Progressive Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate

by Elmer Laird

Fifty-two-year-old David Orchard is a long time certified organic farmer, writer, author, environmentalist and social activist from Borden, Saskatchewan. He has been an organic farmer for 27 years...continue

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The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2003
Desperately seeking a Tory leader
by Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson reflects on the search for Tory leadership candidates as the May leadership convention approaches. He sees David Orchard as a serious contender who marches to a different drummer. Full article

The Globe received the following response to Jeffrey Simpson's article:

The Globe and Mail, January 6, 2003
What's a Conservative?
by Ray Kingma
...view the letter

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The Cambridge Reporter, December 27, 2002, Guest column
Orchard proves green can go with Tory blue

by Matt Foster

I joined the federal PC party the other day. For those who have read my past articles this will come as somewhat of a shock. So why did I do this?

Well, I met David Orchard...continue

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Victoria Times Colonist, December 13, 2002
Leadership Candidate for Tories Addresses Canadian Sovereignty
by Darren Stewart
David Orchard hopes his no-nonsense stance on Canadian sovereignty, which he will outline in Victoria next week, will capture the support of Progressive Conservative party members, and then the support of Canadian voters...continue

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Victoria News Group, December 12, 2002
Orchard Out to Revive Tories
by Don Descoteau
For three straight federal elections, the Progressive Conservative party has been completely shut out by B.C. voters. David Orchard wants to change that...continue

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Brantford Expositor, December 11, 2002
Canada first, says PC who wants Clark's job
by Richard Beales
He wants Canada to scrap its free trade agreements with the United States and Mexico. He's in favour the Kyoto accord, wants labelling on all genetically modified foods and is against private funding of political parties...continue

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The Packet and Times (Orillia, Ontario), November 12, 2002
Hydro woes are talk of meeting
by Jim Purnell
Local News -- The sale of Ontario’s power lines and power plants will be more shocking to consumers than the recent deregulation of the electricity market. That’s the message delivered by passionate opponents of the privatization of hydro, led by free trade critic David Orchard...continue

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The Toronto Globe and Mail (Toronto), October 26, 2002
The Lordless Tory forecast
by John Ibbitson
FREDERICTON -- Bernard Lord appeared positively serene. Having announced earlier in the week that he was closing, locking and bolting the door on running for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative Party...continue

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The Leader-Post (Regina) and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, August 7, 2002
Activist may run for leadership
by James Parker
Anti-free trade activist David Orchard may take a second run at the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, a turn of events which has some senior party members angry...continue

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National Post, August 3, 2002
Federal Tory leadership Activist poised to win leadership, MP warns Hazards of ousting Clark
by Bill Curry
OTTAWA -- Tories eager to topple Joe Clark at this month's leadership review in Edmonton should be careful what they wish for, warns Scott Brison, a Tory MP and Clark supporter, who says anti-globalization advocate David Orchard could end up taking over the party if the leader is ousted...continue

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Toronto Sun, Friday, August 2, 2002
Tory brass suspect coup at convention
By Stephanie Rubec, Ottawa Brueau
OTTAWA -- High-ranking Tories are accusing leader Joe Clark of getting into bed with a socialist nemesis they fear is orchestrating a coup at the party's national convention this month. Tories working to oust Clark fear David Orchard, an anti-free trade activist, is attempting to take over the Conservative party and transform it into a socialist one...continue

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The Sun articles moved Joe Hueglin, former PC MP, PC party Ontario riding president and publisher of the Conservative/Communications/Net Daily Digest, to publish the following comment the same day, August 2, 2002...continue

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The Globe and Mail, July 5, 2002
Orchard to back Clark at Tory convention
By Brian Laghi, Ottawa
David Orchard, the free-trade critic and former federal Tory leadership candidate, privately told Joe Clark that he'll support him next month when the party rules on Mr. Clark's performance...continue

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Winnipeg Free Press, May 23rd, 2002
What's left on the left?
by Anthony Hall
One of the most consistently reported stories in the coverage of Canadian politics in recent years is the search for a movement and a leader to "unite the right"...continue

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