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.