Sunday, June 25, 2006

Draft Orchard

I don't want people to think that I'm obsessed with David Orchard or anything but:
a) there's a lot of talk about the guy in Alberta
b) his continued presence in the Liberal Party kind of bugs me

Anyways, I was at the "Three Amigos" BBQ, listening to the music stylings of Misters Chase, Swann and Taylor on Saturday and this lady who is apparently friends with David Orchard was giving the hard sales pitch to everyone there to join the federal Liberals and support David. I feigned interest ("stupid Yanks", "bloody Peter MacKay"...) and chatted with her a bit while she gave me the anti-American, anti-NAFTA sales pitch. She also gave me the paper above with a phone number to call, so it appears Mr. Orchard is still gauging support. When I called the number, I got a voice message about the "Orchard for Canada" campaign.

I still suspect Orchard will support another candidate in this race (probably Dion or Rae), but it appears he's still considering a leadership bid at this point in time.


  • Good to see that Orchard spared no expense on his campaign literature.

    By Blogger Zac, at 7:52 p.m.  

  • Orchard's upset because he tried to take over the PC party and failed.

    Now he's inflitrating the Liberals. I'm glad he's your problem now.

    Between him and Belinda Stronach you guys certainly have your hands full.

    By Blogger Michael Fox, at 9:29 p.m.  

  • Next time around, the Liberals are going to have to have a much higher entry fee for the leadership.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 10:36 p.m.  

  • You know people might ridicule and such Orchard. But just gonna throw an idea out there. Shouldn't more people do what he's doing? I.e. Join a political party, get engaged on issues you care about.

    Now, how I got onto his mailing list I will never know. And it annoys me that I get emails from Grant Orchard on a semi regular basis. But hey - chapeau David Orchard, at least you’re getting involved.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:53 p.m.  

  • I still suspect Orchard will support another candidate in this race (probably Dion or Rae), but it appears he's still considering a leadership bid at this point in time.


    Let him be the Liberals' problem from now on.

    By Blogger BL, at 2:20 a.m.  

  • I thought the economic nationalism argument was disproven years ago. We have had the best economic growth ever since the liberalization began in the early 1990s. CAFTA and NAFTA were good deals them, and are good deals now.

    What would economic nationalism really accomplish?

    By Blogger Concerned Albertan, at 2:24 a.m.  

  • Oh for crying out loud, NAFTA isn't going anywhere soon. That's about as brilliant as suggesting we get out of the global economy (from G8 protesters in Calgary a few years ago). How, exactly, does a country go about doing that?

    *settles in for a long, happy stint of CPC government*

    By Blogger Candace, at 2:58 a.m.  

  • The Liberal Party has never been about economic nationalism. From Laurier on the Liberal Party has stood for open borders, reciprocity and free trade. Just becasue an out of work ex-bizness executive like John Turner was transformed into an economic nationalist over night for strictly partisan electoral reasons (and still lost) does not make the Liberal Party a natural home for Orchard and his little band of 19th century protectionists.

    What about Trudeau?

    By Blogger BL, at 4:26 a.m.  

  • Side issue:
    Advance notice. My friend Neil has a beautiful park like property and house that will be for sale soon. He is presently refurbishing the house but the property is one of only three along Fitzgerald avenue with big trees and it*s the prettiest. 2 cedar, 3-4 Douglas fir and 2 nice big willows. 200k area.

    Courtenay may be the most preferred place to live on Vancouver Island. I want to mention this in order to save the trees. Fitzgerald avenue is one of the two main routes across town. Legal and dentist offices are one block away. I hope someone keeps it residential. I fear commercial interests would remove the trees. TG

    By Blogger TonyGuitar, at 3:10 p.m.  

  • Slogans, people, we need slogans if Orchard's going to run:

    1. "Orchard: More Fun than a Barrel of Volpes."

    2. "Making Hedy Fry Look Prime Ministerial Since 1998"

    3. "If At First You Don't Succeed In Taking Over A Defeated Party, Try, Try Again"

    ... well, ok, those weren't all that great. You try.

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 3:20 p.m.  

  • Thomas, you're suggesting we take lessons in Economics from the Mexicans?

    *Great* idea.

    By Blogger Michael Fox, at 5:02 p.m.  

  • Suggestion - instead of listening to second hand stuff - that every body first read THE FIGHT FOR CANADA, Orchard's book - so you really can understand what he is talking about firsthand, not via someone else. (OK "Fartcatcher" - you may probably need an interpreter. The first letter is pronounced "Ay", then there is "Bee"...)

    Go to the orginal sources. Then make your call. Don't just react to hearsay and rumour and distorted stuff. This is how you get manipulated by the media.

    Orchard is a good man. We need people like him in politics.


    By Blogger Margo Lamont, at 12:35 a.m.  

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