Common Ground, February 2, 2017 Free at last! Canada without NAFTA by David Orchard
This article is a longer version of the November 21, 2016 piece: "Canada: A Northern Power Once Again?"
Global Research, November 21, 2016 Canada: "A Northern Power" Once Again? NAFTA, "A Monstrous Swindle" by David Orchard
In 1854, Canada entered its first free trade (or Reciprocity) treaty with the United States and by 1866 it was clear the Canadian colonies were being absorbed into the US. A bill was introduced in Congress for their admission as "States and Territories of the United States of America."
The StarPhoenix, April 11, 2016 Viewpoint: Voter enumeration, poll bans can bolster democracy by Marjaleena Repo
Ever since the writ was dropped on the 2016 Saskatchewan election, voters were inundated with almost daily polls...
Windsor Star, June 10, 2015 Leadership Mocked by Marjaleena Repo
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
June, 2015 Lawrence Martin's mythmaking about the Orchard-MacKay deal
(Not accepted by the Globe for publication.)
by Marjaleena Repo
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...
Maclean's, May 29, 2015 Hugh Segal on the importance of Peter MacKay
Hugh Segal, who ran against David Orchard in 1998 for the PC Party leadertship, tries to belittle David Orchard while heaping praise on Peter MacKay. Marjaleena Repo and Zeb Landon respond and correct Segal's misinformation.
December 7, 2013 "Too early to tell"
(an unpublished rebuttal of Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald editorial writer)
by David Orchard
Licia Corbella's praise for Brian Mulroney and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA),"Free trade deal has proven the critics wrong," Province, November 22, 2013, brings to mind the anecdote of Chinese leader Chou En Lai being asked what he thought of the French revolution...
iPOLITICS, Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Pot back to kettle: Now it's David Orchard's turn
by David Orchard
Justice Minister Peter MacKay recently wrote a letter to iPolitics in response to an August 25 column by Michael Harris. In his letter MacKay comments on the MacKay-Orchard deal that he and I signed May 31, 2003...
Global Research, June 08, 2013 Canada Politics: Deception and Betrayal in the Conservative Party by Marjaleena Repo and Michael Welch
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...
with Marjaleena Repo about the "robocall" scandal and voter obstruction
April 27, 2011 Why aren't people voting? Let me tell you the reasons
why By Marjaleena Repo
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...
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."
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).
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To understand what
happened to Yugoslavia is a key to understanding what is going on in
the world in 2010 — eleven years after the lawless bombing of that
country. The bombing of Yugoslavia was, in effect, "globalism’s
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An idea whose
time has come......
An ELECTORAL COALITION, to be formed prior to an election, the
opposition parties NOT running against each other in ridings where the two- or
three-way split now delivers the seat to "Conservatives."
In the last federal election in 2008, two deserving candidates
in Saskatchewan, Nettie Wiebe (NDP in Rosetown-Biggar) and David Orchard
(Liberal in Desnethe), could have won their seats if Liberals had not run a
candidate against Wiebe and NDP had not run against Orchard — and the Greens had
refrained from running a candidate against two of the greenest candidates you
could find in the country!
Without an electoral coalition, the "Conservatives" can easily
stay put in Saskatchewan forever — and perhaps even take the last remaining seat
We CAN defeat them easily and well, but it takes collective
will and an ability to work for the common good, as opposed to one's narrowly
If you are interested in these ideas — see the below articles
by John Ryan, David Orchard and Michael Byers — and in turning them into a
pleasing reality, you will be invited to a serious discussion about how to stop
whining about the "Conservatives" and instead help send them packing.
... Although almost two-thirds of Canada's voters in the last two elections
opposed the platform, policies, and philosophy of the Conservative party, it is
the Conservatives who have formed the government. The majority vote was split
amongst four parties, thereby thwarting the predominant will of the people and
making a mockery of democracy.
... So what do we do? How do we get out of a system that seems to ensure an
unending regime of Conservative governments – governments that do not have the
support of the bulk of our population?
The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday, December 11, 2008 Coalition move can
checkmate Harper by David Orchard
... Last election saw a record number of Canadians abstain from voting. Many
people, the young among them, are appalled at a system which regularly elects a
prime minister and a governing party that most Canadians have voted against.
Some ask, "Why should I waste my vote?" ...
A Liberal-NDP electoral coalition that would see the Conservatives reduced to
winning approximately one third of the seats in the House, i.e. roughly the
percentage of their vote nationally, would re-energize all those Canadians who
long for a more representative Parliament, one that more accurately reflects
their views inside the House of Commons, rather than leaving them outside as a
... 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...
The StarPhoenix, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Strong opposition against nuclear power in
Saskatchewan: UDP report by James Wood
REGINA — Public consultations on the government's Uranium Development
Partnership saw an "overwhelming response" against nuclear power and other
aspects of the industry, widespread concern over health, safety and
environmental impacts and skepticism towards the UDP itself, according to the
report prepared by a former top civil servant and released Tuesday.
Regina Leader-Post, Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Heated opposition to nuclear option
Sask. Party government vows to proceed 'with caution': Boyd By Angela Hall, Saskatchewan News Network
The Saskatchewan Party government isn't putting the brakes on the possibility
a nuclear power plant could come to the province, but its foot is "off the
accelerator," says Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd.
panel discussion at Montreal's Vanier College on NATO's 78-day bombing
campaign of the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Speakers: Scott Taylor, publisher, author, war correspondent and
ex-Canadian soldier, James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador to
Yugoslavia and David Orchard, author, environmentalist, farmer and
(Saskatoon), Thursday, June 18, 2009
(also published in the Nipawin Journal, Moosoomin World-Spectator, Yorkton
News-Review, SK and
Edmonton Journal, AB) Uranium poses ethical, moral issues for
Saskatchewan by David Orchard
Saskatchewan has already embarked on uranium mining. Now our government is
proposing a nuclear reactor, which will place the province squarely on the
nuclear road. The implications do not appear well thought out.
Public consultations were being held across Saskatchewan, May 26 - July 31,
2009, to hear responses to
Capturing the Full Potential of the Uranium Value Chain in Saskatchewan,
a provincial government report which recommends the construction of a
Saskatchewan nuclear reactor and supports the burial of nuclear waste in that
province. For more information, go
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
CKUW Radio ("People of Interest")
The StarPhoenix, Friday, March 20, 2009 Let's stand on our own two feet by David Orchard
For decades we have endured the unrelenting promotion of the virtues of
deregulation, free trade, privatization and globalization. Canadian ownership of
its corporations became passé. Institutions and programs serving Canadians were
swept away. ...
Some of yesterday's preachers for an unregulated, borderless world now have
turned 180 degrees. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty, who until recently promoted further deregulation of our financial
sector by slamming "protectionists" and "socialists," now brag about Canada's
independent banking and financial institutions. Separatist leaders, who said
they didn't need the Canadian market any more, are alarmed at Quebec's
dependence on a U.S. economy that's in free-fall. Former advocates of adopting
the U.S. dollar now laud Canada's financial system as a model for the world.
supports return of Canadian citizen from Sudan
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
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!
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.
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
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...
The Abdelrazik affair gets curiouser
and curiouser. Yesterday, Canada's civilian spy agency publicly declared itself
innocent of having Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen, arrested by Sudan
in 2003 on suspicion of terror links. Then who had him arrested? Is CSIS
implying that some other Canadian institution (perhaps Foreign Affairs, which
pointed a finger at CSIS in official documents) did wrong somehow? ...
Citizens have a right of return.
Canada should allow Mr. Abdelrazik to come home. His return may embarrass the
government, but that embarrassment will only grow worse with each day that goes
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.
Saturday, March 14, 2009 And another
thing ... Concise comments on current topics Doing the
...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.
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.
Did self-defence justify Israel's war on Gaza? Objections have been raised to
this claim on grounds of a lack of both proportionality and necessity. ... A
more fundamental objection, however, is the self-evident legal and moral
principle that an aggressor cannot rely upon self-defence to justify violence
against resistance to its own aggression. You can find this principle in
domestic law and in the judgments of the Nuremberg tribunals.
National Post, Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Domestic cars and a national grid David Orchard, Special to the National Post
In the lead-up to the Jan. 27 federal budget, the National Post has asked
prominent Canadians to tell us what kind of fiscal blueprint our country needs.
Here's what they told us, in 250 words or less.
The most productive government spending is on people. Investment in training
and education is returned manifold over recipients' working lifetimes. Canada
has a much-reported shortage of skilled labour, yet many Canadians are
unemployed or underemployed, with no opportunity for training in the skills
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...
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."
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
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.
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."
January 7, 2009 Video: Eight Jewish Canadian and Israeli Women occupy the Israeli Consulate
in Toronto on January 7, 2009
For immediate release
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Prominent Canadians speak out against the war on Gaza
Thursday, January 8, 2009
10:30 a.m. (ET)
Mayfair Room, Banquet floor
Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel
220 Bloor St. West
(between Avenue Road & Bedford),
With the war on Gaza into its twelfth day, prominent Jewish
Canadians and others will speak out against the bombing of the Palestinian
population, the vast majority of whom are already refugees living in the
most dire of circumstances. The media conference participants will speak
about the humanitarian catastrophe under the bombs, the lack of action by
the Canadian government, and will call for an immediate ceasefire and a
lifting of the blockade of Gaza.
Judith Deutsch is
President of Science for Peace, Member of the Steering Committee,
Independent Jewish Voices, and was a participant in the Gaza Community
Mental Health Programme/World Health Organization international conference,
"Siege and Mental Health...Walls vs. Bridges," October 27-28, 2008 in Gaza
City and Ramallah.
Ursula Franklin is a
Pearson Medal of Peace recipient and a Companion of the Order of Canada, a
research physicist and author renowned for her work on technology and human
Anton Kuerti is a
nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian concert pianist and
recording artist. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a human rights
is an author and professor of international law at Osgoode Hall Law
School. He has taught at several of Italy's major universities and has been
a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of
is a fourth generation farmer, author, and twice a leadership
candidate for the former Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (1998 and
2003). In 2008, he was a federal election candidate for the Liberal Party in
is a Toronto psychotherapist, a member of Independent Jewish Voices,
and a founding member of Not In Our Name, Jews for a Just Peace and the
Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation (of Palestine).
For more information please contact Grant Orchard at tel
416-778-7027, cell 416-254-8480 or David Orchard at cell 306-961-7122.
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.
This article was also posted on
Clearinghouse, a source for a good deal of information not often reported on
in North America.
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
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.
David Orchard speaking to rally in Toronto, Sunday, December 28, 2008,
the bombing of Gaza. He calls for an immediate ceasefire
and urges the Canadian
government to do the same.
December 19, 2008
CKUW Radio (University of Winnipeg)
After our costly and frustrating October 2008
trip to the polls, Canadians are once again being held hostage to the notion
that a government can never be defeated in the House of Commons without
triggering an election. If Eugene Forsey were still alive, we would know that
the weapon being held to our heads is only a toy gun. ... We need not be
hamstrung by the constant fear of another election. We must shake off our
ignorance of the constitution and use the tools it offers to make our
parliamentary system work for us.
Eugene Forsey's book How Canadians Govern
Themselves can be ordered free from the Information Service, Parliament of
Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A9, toll-free 1 (866) 599-4999,
email@example.com and can be read online
New from Marjaleena Repo:
Saskatoon, Tuesday, December 9, 2008 Stéphane Dion and The Tale of Two Tapes By Marjaleena Repo
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 blame!
Saskatoon, Monday, December 8, 2008 I attend an anti-parliament rally in Saskatoon with a
leaflet By Marjaleena Repo
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. By Marjaleena Repo
... 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.
New Video:Tuesday, October 21, 2008
CTV Mike Duffy Live:
David Orchard, former Liberal Party president Stephen LeDrew and
Liberal MP John McCallum talk about the election and where the
Liberal Party goes from here.
New Audio:Friday, October 17, 2008 University
of Victoria Radio, CFUV 101.9FM
David Orchard interviewed about the election:
his own experience in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, the
reasons for the historically low voter turn-out, the obstacles
people experienced in voting and what must be done about them, his
take on the national campaign, the problem with the progressive
parties splitting the vote, and what lies ahead for the future, for
him personally and politically.
This interview covers the bases and sets the tone for the discussion
that must now follow about how to stop "painting the country blue."
Harvest 2008, Saskatchewan
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.
This Angus Reid Strategies poll, which has received scant media attention,
reveals among other things: only 7% of Canadians believe that Canada has been
the main beneficiary of NAFTA and that the U.S. (46%) and Mexico (30%) have
benefited the most. Over half, 52%, think that Canada should do whatever is
necessary to renegotiate the terms of NAFTA and 11% believe that Canada should
do whatever is necessary to leave NAFTA. A majority of Canadians who intend to
vote Liberal in the next election, 56%, think that NAFTA should be renegotiated
(as do 52% of Conservative and Bloc voters). Read the complete poll
David Orchard's speech to the 5th Annual
Resource Issues in Saskatchewan Conference at the Saskatchewan Institute of
Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Woodland Campus, Prince Albert, SK, March
Edmonton's CHED Radio
aired a one hour interview, April 9, 2008, with James Bissett,
Canada's former ambassador to Yugoslavia, about the history of
Yugoslavia's disintegration and the U.S./NATO bombing preceding
Kosovo's declaration. To listen
go here and for James Bissett's web site, "The Balkan Crisis
Scott Taylor, former
soldier, author, and editor of
Esprit de Corps
has reported extensively on the civil war in Yugoslavia, the
bombing, and post-war developments in Kosovo. Read his recent
article, "Is Kosovo really an independent country?"
For Marjaleena Repo's
1999 article, "Spinning NATO's war: demonizing the Serbs,"
here and for her reading list, "Understanding the systematic
dismantling of Yugoslavia," go here.
(The books and publications on the list can be ordered directly from
Campaign for Canada.)
Global Research.ca, Sunday, February 23, 2008, The Hill Times, Monday,
February 25, 2008 and
CounterPunch.org, Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Canada in Afghanistan: The New Conquistadores by David Orchard
... Military assaults against the poverty stricken farmers of Afghanistan and
Haiti, and an Iraqi population struggling for its very survival, are part of a
long, barbarous tradition going back to slave ships and colonial resource wars
and will some day, I believe, be seen in that context. In the meantime, the
agony of millions does not reach our ears or eyes, and Prime Minister Harper is
busy working the phones to shore up the U.S.-led war, seeking more troops and
helicopters to "finish the job."
For more information on the hearings and a list of presenters go
here and for audio of the complete hearings go
The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Thursday, June 7, 2007 Lost sovereignty predictable result of
currency union by W. H. (Bill) Loewen and David Orchard
... Canada's reaction to a rising dollar is the opposite to what Japan did
through its many years of prosperity after the Second World War. It lowered the
value of its currency by buying foreign bonds and other assets, enabling it to
continue to export profitably. China is now doing the same.
Canada, instead, is selling more of its assets, with the resulting increase
in the value of the dollar. The road to prosperity is found by selling your
products, not your assets.
Halifax Chronicle Herald, Sunday, April 29, 2007 Afghanistan and Iraq: the same war by David Orchard and Michael Mandel
Most Canadians are proud that Canada refused to invade Iraq. But when it
comes to Afghanistan, we hear the same jingoistic bluster we heard about Iraq
four years ago. As if Iraq and Afghanistan were two separate wars, and
Afghanistan is the good war, the legal and just war. In reality, Iraq and
Afghanistan are the same war.
Edmonton Journal, Tuesday, April 17, 2007 Harper gov't is doing to CWB what the U.S.
couldn't do by itself Loss of wheat board would mean loss of power by Albert Horner and David Orchard
... Since assuming power, the Harper government has waged an unrelenting
attack on the Canadian Wheat Board — firing its popular CEO, Adrian Measner,
stacking the board with government appointees who detest it, and holding a
fraudulent barley "plebiscite" (complete with gag orders, a secret voters' list,
traceable ballots and deliberately misleading questions). Still, only 13.8 per
cent voted to remove barley from the board. ...Today, the Liberal party is truer
to John Diefenbaker's defence of the West than the party claiming his name.
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.
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
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.
Audio:Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Ottawa Radio CFRA 580 Author and radio host
Harris interviews David Orchard about free trade and globalization. The
discussion starts off with the closing of the U.S. owned Hershey Chocolate
factory in Smith Falls, ON, and ranges over the history, contents and effects of
the FTA and NAFTA agreements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Halifax Daily News, Wednesday, July 26, 2006,
Information Clearinghouse Standing up for Canada? The Harper
government's refusal to demand an end to the bombings of Lebanon by David Orchard
For two weeks, tiny Lebanon has been pounded by bombs, shells and high tech
missiles from land, sea and air. Its coast is blockaded, its airport smashed.
Sixty plus bridges have been destroyed; roads, schools, ports, churches,
mosques, grain depots, radio, television and telephone towers, ambulances, power
stations, fuel depots, a hospital, milk factory, pharmaceutical plant and entire
residential city blocks pulverized. Frantic relatives with bare hands try to
free those buried alive.
Audio: Toronto Press Conference, August 13, 2006 Not
in our name! Prominent Canadians speak out against the bombing of Lebanon Anton Kuerti is a nationally and internationally
acclaimed Canadian concert pianist and recording artist. He is an Officer of
the Order of Canada and a human rights activist. Michael Mandel is an author and professor of international law at
Osgoode Hall Law School. He has taught at several of Italy's major
universities and has been a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Atif Kubursi is a Professor of Economics at McMaster University and
has recently completed an assignment as the Deputy Executive Secretary for
the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. He has
just returned from Lebanon. Judith Weisman is a Toronto psychotherapist with a long history of
social activism and is a founder of the Jewish Women's Committee to End the
Occupation (of Palestine). David Orchard is an author, farmer and was twice a leadership
candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (1998 and 2003).
David Orchard joins the Liberal Party of Canada
Endorses Liberal candidates Isa Gros-Louis and Yves Picard in
David Orchard receives his Liberal Party of Canada membership from
Picard (Beauport-Limoilou) and
David Orchard with Isa Gros-Louis, Yves Picard and their election
campaign teams, Huron-Wendake, Québec, January 16, 2006. Photo:
Legendary Huron-Wendat Chief and father of Isa Gros-Louis,
Max Gros-Louis, David Orchard, Yves Picard and Isa Gros-Louis,
Huron-Wendake, Québec election press conference, January 16, 2006.
Photo: Bruno Gros-Louis
(click thumbnail to
Yves Picard, David Orchard and Isa Gros-Louis, Huron-Wendake,
Québec election press conference, January 16, 2006. Photo: Bruno Gros-Louis
Max Gros-Louis, David Orchard and Yves Picard wearing
handcrafted, embroidered Huron-Wendat scarves presented to
them by Isa Gros-Louis, Huron-Wendake election press
conference, January 16, 2006. (David Orchard's scarf is
embroidered with an emblem of a salmon swimming upstream.)
Photo: Bruno Gros-Louis
David Orchard endorsing Isa Gros-Lous, Liberal candidate
in Louis-Saint-Laurent, Québec, Huron-Wendake election press
conference, January 16, 2006. Photo: Bruno Gros-Louis
(click thumbnail to enlarge)
David Orchard endorsing Yves Picard, Liberal candidate
in Beauport-Limoilou, Québec, Huron-Wendake press
conference, January 16, 2006. Photo: Bruno Gros-Louis
Saskatoon, January 10, 2006 David Orchard endorses Liberal candidate Chris
Axworthy in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin
Axworthy (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) pins his campaign button on David Orchard's
lapel at a press conference in Saskatoon, January 10, 2006. Photo: Antoinette
David Orchard and Chris Axworthy after Orchard's endorsement of
Axworthy's candidacy in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, Saskatoon, January 10,
2006. Photo: Antoinette Martens
Press conference to announce David Orchard's support for Liberal
candidate Chris Axworthy in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin (David Orchard's
home riding), January 10, 2006. Photo: Antoinette Martens
"Who will speak for Canada?" David Orchard’s speaking notes delivered at January
10, 2006 press conference at Liberal candidate Chris Axworthy’s campaign office,
"...In my view, this
is an important election that we are involved in today.
There are serious dangers, I think, for our country. One
of the big winners in this election is going to be the
separatist movement in the province of Quebec.
In triggering an election at this time, both
Mr. Harper and Mr. Layton were prepared to play with the fires of Quebec
separatism in an attempt to increase their own positions in the House of
Commons. It is a dangerous and a short-sighted effort that could hurt our
country badly and give a powerful momentum to those working very hard to take
our country apart."