Meadow Lake Progress, October 19, 2008
Orchard proud of election race
By Kathy Gallant, Progress Staff
Marjaleena Repo, one of David
Orchard's campaign managers takes a look at
early poll results on Tuesday, October 14.
Photo by Kathy Gallant
Despite being tagged as a top contender in the race
in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, Orchard was
approximately 3,100 votes behind incumbent Rob Clarke
after the final votes were tallied.
Liberal candidate David Orchard is disappointed after
not winning the seat for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill
River, but is proud he got to meet and greet with so
Orchard received 5,816 votes, while incumbent Member
of Parliament and Conservative Rob Clarke won the seat
with a total of 8,964.
New Democrat Brian Morin, the Green Party's George
Morin, and First People's National Party of Canada's
candidate Rob Ballantyne received 3,412, 735, and 282
He said in the big picture, he is glad there is a
minority government yet again.
"Nationally, there was a split in the vote," he 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."
"Five weeks is a short time to get going for an
election," said Orchard.
"Finding an office, getting around our large
constituency, and also trying to finish harvesting at
the same time has been a challenge. I quite literally
had to jump from the combine right on to the election
trail. I was able to speak with a lot of people
throughout this time, though."
Orchard said he wished that the Conservatives had
stuck by their rule of fixed election dates, but thinks
that several issues were brought to the forefront.
"Throughout my tour of the riding, I heard and
discussed a lot of issues with constituents," he said.
"Democracy, the environment, farming, housing. A lot
of things were brought up and discussed. I especially
enjoyed the debates that were held over the course of
the election. It allowed these issues to be discussed
openly and candidly."
Overall, Orchard said that he is happy with what he
accomplished during the election, despite not winning
"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