Jul 272016


On July 27, 2016, Freedom Party of Ontario’s president and Chief Financial Officer, Robert Metz, testified at the London hearing of the Standing Committee on General Government in respect of Bill 201 (the Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016). Among other things, the bill would place reduced limits on financial contributions to political parties, and provide larger parties (but not all parties) with a per-vote subsidy.

The Committee allowed Robert Metz only 10 minutes in which to make his oral submissions. Accordingly, this entry includes links both to Metz’s oral (i.e., spoken) submissions, and to the written submissions (complete with enclosures) that were provided to the Committee on behalf of Freedom Party of Ontario. FPO’s written submissions included four enclosures: two FPO issue papers (“Politics is Personal” [v. 2] and “About Freedom Party” [v. 2]), FPO’s “Multiply…or Divide?” pamphlet, and FPO’s “All About Ontario’s Political Tax Credits and Freedom Party” pamphlet.

Metz was responding to this version of the bill (Metz marked particularly important sections in bold): http://www.freedomparty.on.ca/archive/documents/2016/2016-07-27.bill-201-submissions-election-financing/BILL201-ElectionFinances-Statute Law Amendment Act.rtf Continue reading »

May 261995

1995-05-26.plant-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
On May 26, 1995, Freedom Party of Ontario held a provincial election dinner at the Radisson hotel in London, Ontario. Freedom Party’s then-party leader, Jack Plant, gave his first speech to a Freedom Party gathering as party leader, and most of the party’s candidates took the opportunity to give a short, 2-minute speech to introduce themselves and share with attendees their stories of their experiences in the campaign. The night concluded with a short speech by the party secretary of the time, Robert Vaughan, who had been elected school trustee.
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May 081995

Two-page hardcopy letter from Robert Metz to members and supporters of Freedom Party of Ontario, inviting them to Freedom Party’s Ontario provincial general “Election ’95” dinner, featuring a speech by Freedom Party’s then-new leader, Jack Plant. Mailed to members and supporters via Canada Post. Enclosures include: a response form. Continue reading »