Apr 162007


On April 16, 2007, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever and John Thompson (President, Mackenzie Institute) were panelists on “On the Line” with host Christine Williams. In this episode, the panel discusses: the overhauling of the Safe Schools Act (deemed biased against black students); how the cost of soldier deaths in Afghanistan affected our views of the mission?; 3 university lacrosse players in North Carolina found falsely accused of sexual assault: what does justice demand? Continue reading »

Apr 042007

2007-04-04.fptv-8-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
It is expected that, on May 15, 2007, Ontario’s Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform will recommend replacing Ontario’s Single Member Plurality (SMP or “First Past the Post”) electoral system with the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system. If it does so, Ontario will hold a referendum on October 10, 2007, to decide whether or not to replace Ontario’s SMP system with the MMP system.

The key difference between the two electoral systems is that the SMP tends to yield single-party majority governments, whereas the MMP tends to create minority governments.

In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains to Ontario’s Select Committee on Electoral Reform that minority governments exclude the possibility of rational and exclude ethics from the law-making process. Only a majority government, submits McKeever, allows a government to make laws according to what is right rather than just according to what is merely popular.

NOTE: the Select Committee was comprised of elected members of the provincial legislature and held its hearings in 2005. On the basis of its report, the government set up Ontario’s Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform. Continue reading »