In an effort to realize their grand dream of one nation from Panama to
the Arctic, Americans have attempted to conquer our land and our spirit,
using war, trade sanctions, and political interventions of all kinds.
"The fight for Canada continues to this day," says David Orchard.
On its pages, over four hundred years of Canada-U.S. history come to
life in clear, vivid language, from the founding of Canada to the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a gripping and powerful way,
The Fight for Canada sketches the early invasions of Canada from
south of the border — in 1690, 1711, 1775 and 1812 — as well as the
famous free trade elections of 1891, 1911 and 1988.
Orchard tells the stories of the Avro Arrow, the Hal Banks led
busting of the Canadian Seamens Union which resulted in the dismantling
of Canada's merchant marine, the construction of Canada's railroads, the
CBC, the Canadian Wheat Board and more, and probes the legacy of John A.
Macdonald, Georges-╔tienne Cartier, Louis Riel, Henri Bourassa, Pierre
Trudeau, John Turner and others.
He explains the evolution, content,
economic and political effects of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
and NAFTA, provides a primer on the Meech Lake and Charlottetown
constitutional accords, and considers what lies ahead for Canada.
Now in its seventh printing, this widely acclaimed book has been
called the "Bible of Canadian nationalism" and has been described by
people from all walks of life as a "must read" and as one that "should
be required reading in schools and universities." Many have bought it
and donated it to their local library and it appears on the reading
lists of college and university Canadian history classes.
The Fight for Canada makes a wonderful Christmas and
all-year round gift, and is available for $19.95 plus $7.00 for postage
and shipping (add $1.00 for each additional copy). The French edition,
Hors des griffes de l’aigle, is available for $24.50 plus $7.00
postage ($1.00 for each additional copy).
Order by credit card here
For bulk orders (20% discount on ten or more
copies) or to pay by cheque, please contact:
David Orchard Campaign for Canada
Box 1983, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3S5
tel (306) 664-8443, fax (306)
What people have said about The Fight
|"This book should not only be required
reading for every Canadian, but it should also be held in
the hand of every elected Member of Parliament (including
the Prime Minister) while taking the oath of office and
swearing allegiance to uphold the Canadian Constitution.
Why? Because "The Fight for Canada" makes you want to ...!"
Stompin Tom Connors
|"It's so easy to read, there's nothing confusing in it.
it's just perfect. it's going to be the book of the year and
of my life. I just hated to lay it down.
|"Orchard has done an excellent job of
chronicling Canada’s historical struggle to maintain its
sovereignty in the face of unrelenting U.S. expansionism and
eye weekly, Toronto
|"This book is the Bible of the Canadian nationalist
Martin Duckworth, filmmaker, Montreal
|"... an intensely readable and
thoroughly researched plea for a change of economic
course.... Anyone interested in the free trade controversy
can read this book with profit."
former professor of law, University of Saskatchewan
|"David Orchard has documented the various attempts by
American interests to take control of Canada, beginning in
the 1700s, through to the present time. He reminds those of
us in English Canada. that those early attacks were turned
back by the people of Quebec, and if those early, brave
Canadians had failed, Canada would now be a part of the U.S.
David Orchard is to be commended for his work, that will
indeed rekindle the sense of pride of being Canadian and
bring about a better understanding and level of respect
among all Canadians."
Ralph Ferguson, MP, Lambton-Middlesex, ON
me most was the way David Orchard dealt with the French and
the Natives. I have always had hard feelings about French
Canadians. I always thought they got too much. Now I realize
they should have gotten a lot more — and be honoured for
David Bagley, truck driver, Saskatoon
|"Thanks for the best history of Canada I've ever read."
Martin Kierans, geologist
|"Distinctly moving... forthright and
carefully researched... in an era of crumbling federal
states, or reinvigorated ethnicity and tribalism, and of
enormous pressure to seek shelter in harmonizing economic
blocs, it is time to talk a little about love of country.
Orchard does this intelligently, perceptively.
Moreover, he has taken the trouble (a great deal of it)
to provide a convincing historical analysis of the struggle
waged by generations of Canadians to maintain their right to
forge a society different from — and perceived by them as
more humane than — that of their republican neighbour."
Kenneth McNaught, former professor of history and
|"Devastatingly accurate... a fine piece of research and
written with the kind of clarity that makes it accessible to
a large public, which it deserves."
Howard Zinn, author
|"Orchard has demonstrated an
intellectual grasp of issues that few people understand...
The scholarship is amazing and the logic compelling. Read it
and you’ll be the better Canadian for it."
Zimmerman, retired Chairman of Noranda
|"... a masterful treatment of the history of Canada."
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada
|"In the tradition of Charles Taylor's
'Radical Tories'... Orchard became a conservative patriot
sharing with Macdonald a belief in a 'nation which would
have a separate and autonomous existence in North America'
Is David Orchard an anachronism? An impossible dreamer
tilting at windmills? Silly him for believing Canada, on her
own terms, could be great. Certainly, he is our last radical
Tory making one, possibly last, stand. Canada needs him and
a task force on the Free Trade Agreement."
Margaret Kopala, author and former Progressive
Conservative Party federal candidate and Canadian Alliance
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