The StarPhoenix, April 11, 2016
Viewpoint: Voter enumeration, poll bans can bolster democracy
Ever since the writ was dropped on the 2016 Saskatchewan election, voters were inundated with almost daily polls...
Windsor Star, June 10, 2015
In his critical examination of the political career of Peter MacKay, Andrew Coyne feels the need to throw gratuitous insults at David Orchard, the man who made MacKay's leadership possible through a signed agreement which MacKay soon unceremoniously scuttled
Lawrence Martin's mythmaking about the Orchard-MacKay deal
(Not accepted by the Globe for publication.)
Lawrence Martin, in his article, "The secret deal that undercut MacKay, and the old Tories" (Globe and Mail, June 2, 2015), turns the world upside down when he claims that the "secret backroom deal" that David Orchard signed with Peter MacKay destroyed the Progressive Conservative party...
Global Research, June 08, 2013
Canada Politics: Deception and Betrayal in the Conservative Party
This week's programme looks back ten years to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada's leadership race of 2003 which turned out to be the party's last before it merged with the rival Canadian Alliance...
April 27, 2011
Why aren't people voting? Let me tell you the reasons
At Guelph university Conservative operatives
recently tried to nullify the vote of several hundred students at a poll set up
to facilitate student voting. They failed, but there is a far subtler and more
effective way of eliminating troublesome voters, students, Aboriginals, the poor
and the elderly alike. continued...
May 3, 2011, CKUW Radio
Marjaleena Repo: The democratic deficit in Canada
Marjaleena Repo was the campaign manager for
David Orchard in two federal elections, in Prince Albert in 2000 and in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill
River in 2008. She also managed David Orchard's two Progressive Conservative
leadership campaigns, in 1998 and 2003. She talks with Michael Welch about the
reason for low voter turnout in elections and so called "voter apathy."
Marjaleena refers in
the interview to the "by-election of 1988," which she
says should be 2008 (at which time stringent new voter
ID requirements were introduced).
Saskatoon, Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Stéphane Dion and The Tale of Two Tapes
Mr. Dion's speech was late to arrive at the
networks, and when it was broadcast, it turned out to be of visually substandard
quality, out of focus and with a a disorganized background that distracted from
the speech. (Those who heard it on the radio, were lucky because they had no
distractions and could pay attention to the words.) Mr. Dion's speech itself was
clear and personable, not in the slightest difficult to understand, in my
opinion — but then, having an accent myself, I am accent-friendly! ...
Nevertheless, the production of the tape, rather than the content, has become
THE political event in the Canadian media.
As many people have
written and called asking "what went wrong?," below are
a couple of short pieces about what happened with the
tape, with names of the responsible ones, at least a few
of them. You be the judge of whether Mr. Dion is to
Saskatoon, Monday, December 8, 2008
I attend an anti-parliament rally in Saskatoon with a
This is my first-hand experience of attending
an anti-parliament rally in Saskatoon on December 6th, organized by Conservative
party members (how I hate to call them that after they stole the name from the
Progressive Conservatives to cover up their Reform party roots — "Tories" they
definitely are NOT!). The rally attracted the most fanatic and aggressive, who
are already in a murderous mood. Their signs were vicious and vitriolic, and
they targeted mostly Stephane Dion and Ralph Goodale.
Saskatoon, Sunday, November 30, 2008
OPEN LETTER: The Liberal Party HAS a leader and his
name is Stéphane Dion.
... The facts are these: back in December
2006, in our convention in Montreal, Stephane Dion was elected by the membership
to be the party's leader. He was chosen, I believe, because there was a
strongly-felt need for something new and fresh, not part of the "same old, same
old" which had ceased to attract Canadians to the party, as members and voters.
This decision by the members stands, and cannot be undone by a handful of
individuals in the caucus and on the executive.
Prince Albert Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 8, 2008 (edited version) and
Prairie Messenger, April 9, 2008
The Ahenakew affair: a bad law, an opportunity missed
... Mr. Ahenakew's brutish comments were made
at an emergency meeting December 12, ’02, in Saskatoon ... The reporter taped
Ahenakew blaming the Jews for creating World War II and calling them "a
disease." Five days later Ahenakew, in a press conference, apologized profusely
for his offensive and hurtful language, stating that his comments were made in
anger and frustration over the plight of native people in Canada, but that this
did not excuse them. He asked to reach out to the Jewish community.
This was the moment
when history could have been made, by a new level of
communication and trust-building between Ahenakew, his
own constituency whom he had hurt and the Jewish
community, victim of his ignorant and deeply offensive
GlobalResearch.ca, June 19, 2006
Canada: a galloping police state?
After five years of what can only be
described as intense "terrorism envy" by our security establishment – with their
repeated predictions of terrorist acts in Canada – the country has moved up a
notch, to terrorism frenzy. The discovery of an alleged conspiracy by 17 Muslim
men to attack facilities in Toronto and kidnap parliamentarians (as well as
beheading the prime minister) – ostensibly to get Canada to withdraw from
Afghanistan v came just in time before parliament debates the renewal of our
post-2001 anti-terrorism legislation, and when support for Canada's all out
military involvement in Afghanistan is softening by the day.
Chronicle-Herald, October 28, 2005
Orchard no ’outsider’ in PC party
Marilla Stephenson’s Oct. 22 column, "Tories
take a step back in time with convention," perpetuates various myths about David
Orchard and his role in the extinguished Progressive Conservative Party of
Canada. ... Far from being an "outsider," Orchard worked steadfastly in the
party for six years, running for the leadership twice and contesting a seat for
the House of Commons, receiving a higher percentage of votes then than any other
Saskatchewan PC candidate in the 2000 election, and playing a significant role
in the party’s policy and constitutional deliberations and conventions from 1998
April 27, 2005
ETHICS? WHAT ETHICS?
AN OPEN LETTER TO STEPHEN HARPER AND PETER MACKAY
Dear Sirs, You ceaselessly point your fingers at the
Liberal government members in the House of Commons and
pontificate about their ethical misdeeds, alleged and
real. You demand that they come clean, confess to their
malfeasance and accept punishment, long before the
Gomery Commission is able to present its findings of
fact and recommendations.
Now you want to force the whole country through an
early and expensive election because of the ethical
failures of the Paul Martin government! But who are you
two to talk about ethics and "moral authority?" Are you
not staring yourself blind at the speck in the
government's eye, while ignoring -- and hoping that no
one else would notice either -- the beam in your own?
Ensign, April 12, 2005
Conservative leaders' rhetoric does not match reality
In the aftermath of the Conservative Party's first convention, its leaders
are making statements that cannot go unchallenged. Stephen Harper announces
boldly that his party is a "very inclusive, open party," that there is room in
his party for differing views, and that the party has demonstrated "a high
degree of tolerance of differences." ...
On his part, deputy leader Peter MacKay continues to
falsify history. He claims, with a straight face, that
his infamous breech of the signed agreement with David
Orchard in the 2003 PC Party’s leadership convention, to
abide by the PC Party's constitution and not to merge
with the Canadian Alliance, was "democratic, involved,
transparent and open," because he had consulted widely
and thoroughly with party members before he signed an
agreement with Stephen Harper to do the exact opposite,
to merge the parties.
CBC Radio, Commentary, Monday, November 26, 2004
How anti-American is Carolyn Parrish, really?
Carolyn Parrish is the sacrificial lamb of Canadian politics, a
dissenter who has to be taught a lesson. As a public person she has
stepped outside the permitted narrow range of opinions, and, therefore,
off with her head...
continued Listen to the broadcast at CBC Commentary.
The Taylor Report, Monday, Oct 4, 2004
Marjaleena Repo's second interview on CIUT Radio "The Taylor Report"
Following up on her September 6/04 interview with Phil Taylor,
Marjaleena Repo, senior advisor to David Orchard and former Progressive
Conservative Party Vice-president for Saskatchewan, discusses the "coup d'état"
that resulted in the takeover of Canada's founding party by the neo-con Canadian Alliance, the Republican Party North. In a fast paced back and forth, Taylor and Repo cover the
dramatic territory of this unprecedented story and explore its political significance.
(For more on the PC-CA merger click here.)
View Marjaleena Repo's reading list of books and articles discussed during the September 6th programme.
The Taylor Report, Monday, Sept 6, 2004
"The Taylor Report" - Interview with Marjaleena Repo
Marjaleena comments on the war on Yugoslavia and the massive media disinformation campaign launched by NATO with the help of US PR firms to justify that war, the 2004 Canadian federal election and its low voter turnout, the legal challenge to the PC-CA merger and the status of the illegally withheld $70,000 from David Orchard's campaign funds -- and more. View Marjaleena Repo's reading list
of books and articles discussed during the programme.
Transcript CBC "Commentary" Monday, July 5, 2004
There's more to "voter apathy" than meets the eye.
About 40 per cent of eligible voters didn't cast ballots in last week's federal election. "We have to look past so-called voter apathy." ...continued.
Regina Leader Post, Thursday, Jun 24, 2004
in an edited version
Voter obstruction, not "voter apathy"
Lately extraordinary media attention is being paid to "voter apathy," and no wonder, as in a remarkably short time the turnout of eligible voters has dropped from 75% in 1988 to 61.2% in 2000, heading towards the U.S. rates of ca 40%.
Lack of civics in our schools is blamed; or a weakened sense of citizenship in the country (and perhaps in the western world); or just people's busy lives. Mostly the blame goes to "politics" which is experienced as meaningless and alienating and on politicians who make and break their promises, as they see fit...
Ottawa Citizen, August 26, 2000
Bashing Clark is the new national
sport for Canada's media
...Clark has for months on end been the
target of virulent attacks by the media. From the fury, one would think that he
is the leader of an unpopular governing party rather than a 5th ranked party.
and cartoonists have raced to heap abuse on Clark. The
Globe and Mail's Paul Sullivan dredged up the old canard
of Clark "losing his luggage" on a foreign tour –
probably the only Canadian blamed for an airline losing
his baggage! Also, according to Sullivan, Clark "grins
foolishly" while wearing" a dorky cowboy hat" – again
the only person ridiculed for wearing de rigeur attire
at the Calgary Stampede.