Thursday, January 10, 2008

Mr. Orchard's Place: The NDP

Some Liberals are infuriated, because Stéphane Dion parachuted Joan Beatty in the empty riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River. While some Liberals would like to see David Orchard (photo) in this riding, Orchard's place is certainly not in the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC).

A liberal militant from Saskatchewan like Jimmy Durocher can say that hand-picking Joan Betty wasn't democratic. In fact, choosing a riding candidate is usually the responsibility of a party's local organization. However, let's put aside Joan Beatty in our debate to focus on David Orchard.

Some will say that Orchard deserved to be a candidate for the LPC. Indeed, he played a great role in Stéphane Dion's victory in the leadership race of the LPC last year by delivering more than 130 delegates.

Secondly, like Dion, Orchard cares a lot about environment. In fact, Orchard is known for upholding that the environment, Canadian heritage sites, water, food, air and wild life must be protected. Besides, he's also known for being a practicioner of organic agriculture.

Overall, Orchard has affinity with Dion in environment and also foreign policy, because he said that our troops' mission in Afghanistan is meant to please the U.S. government. However, his place is in the New Democratic Party (NDP).

As a matter of fact, we don't see how Orchard would manage to live with a leader that has diverging viewpoints on the economy.

In fact, while the LPC's current leader favours free trade with some nuances, Orchard, on the other hand, is openly against it. Moreover, after he was elected as the new leader of the LPC, Dion declared that the NDP doesn't understand anything to market economy while the Tories don't understand something about social justice!

With that said, David Orchard's place is rather in the NDP. Without a doubt, he'll be elated to be with people who unanimously understand him, while most members of the LPC are in favour of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Secondly, while all members of the NDP are against Canada's mission in Afghanistan, the LPC remains divided on that issue.

After all, Orchard seems to be exploiting the bipartisan nature of our political regime. He certainly doesn't want to say openly that of all the parties, it's only the LPC and the Conservative Party (CP) that have chances to be elected. So that's why he doesn't want to join the NDP. Talk about standing up for claimed values!

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