Or­chard’s mo­tives

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

Re: “Peter MacKay was a politi­cian of many ti­tles, but lit­tle achieve­ment,” An­drew Coyne, Opin­ion, May 30.

An­drew Coyne throws gra­tu­itous in­sults at David Or­chard, who made MacKay’s lead­er­ship pos­si­ble, through a signed agree­ment which MacKay soon un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously scut­tled, be­tray­ing Or­chard and de­stroy­ing the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada.

Ac­cord­ing to Coyne: “David Or­chard (is) a fa­nat­i­cal an­tifree trader who hoped, with the aid of his glint-eyed fol­low­ers, to turn the party into his per­sonal cult.”

As any­one knows who has read Or­chard’s book, The Fight for Canada: Four Cen­turies of Re­sis­tance to Amer­i­can Ex­pan­sion­ism, Or­chard was never a fa­natic, but is a good his­to­rian and an as­tute, knowl­edge­able critic of the Canada-U. S. Free Trade Agree­ment and NAFTA.

The glob­al­iza­tion wor­ship­pers like Coyne are the real fa­nat­ics who tol­er­ate no crit­i­cism of their pet ide­ol­ogy, where “free” and “trade” have be­come un­ques­tion­able con­cepts, never mind the re­al­ity that the terms cover up.

As for the “glint” in the eyes of Or­chard’s sup­port­ers, it was more likely for the hope of bet­ter, more demo­cratic poli­cies that Or­chard ad­vo­cated when he twice ran for the PC party lead­er­ship. Oddly, when other lead­ers are praised for their lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and po­lit­i­cal charisma, these in Or­chard’s case are den­i­grated into a “per­son­al­ity cult” that Coyne mocks. Mar­jaleena Repo, Saska­toon Mar­jaleena Repo man­aged David Or­chard’s lead­er­ship cam­paigns in 1998 and 2003.

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