Mar 302007


On March 30, 2007, Freedom Party of Ontario president Robert Metz and Barrie Doyle (P.R. Consultant, Gateway Communications) were panelists on “On the Line” with host Christine Williams. In this episode, the panel discusses: capping CEO incomes; Britain refuses to apologize for the slave trade; implications of Quebec’s election outcome. Continue reading »

Mar 282007

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On February 8, 2007, the governing Liberal Party of Ontario lost a seat to the socialist New Democratic Party. York South-Weston is, statistically, the second poorest riding in Ontario, and the NDP’s success in the by-election was widely attributed to its proposal to raise Ontario’s minimum wage from $8 per hour to $10 per hour.

To avoid losing more seats to the NDP, the governing Liberal Party has said that poverty is a central issue in the coming October 10, 2007 general election.

March 22, 2007 was budget day in Ontario, and Greg Sorbara, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, announced that Ontario’s minimum wage would increase by 75 cents per year over the next three years, bringing the minimum wage to $10.25 by 2010.

The leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, John Tory (leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario) has, in recent months, agreed with the idea that Ontario’s minimum wage must be increased.

In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains why increasing the minimum wage would be both immoral and economically hazardous…particularly to employees in Ontario. Continue reading »

Mar 192007

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In this second of a two-part episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever addresses the impracticality of property taxation and describes a better way for municipalities to collect the revenues that they spend on municipal services: a municipal property tax (combined with the scrapping of property taxation). Continue reading »

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Mar 192007

2007-03-19.fptv-6-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
Ontario’s current property taxation system requires the value of each taxed home to be assessed. Allegations that the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation has made unfair or erroneous evaluations of the values of homes recently led the Ontario government to freeze property values until after the general election of 2007. In 2006, Ontario PC MPP Tim Hudak proposed a 5% cap on the annual increase in the deemed value of homes. PC leader John Tory has made it clear that the 5% cap is to be a major plank in his party’s 2007 election platform.

In this first of a two-part episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever examines Hudak’s proposal, and explains how it would cause problems without addressing the fundamental problems associated with property taxation. Continue reading »