Feb 132018
 

In anticipation of the June 7, 2018 Ontario provincial election, Freedom Party of Ontario released its 2018 Election platform in the early morning of February 13, 2018. In 2011, Freedom Party had released the world’s first-ever election platform audiobook and, for 2018, it again produced an audiobook version of the its platform (released at the same time). In the run-up to the election, the plaform also could be viewed in html format. Continue reading »

Feb 012018
 

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On February 1, 2018, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever testified at the Oshawa hearing of Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s Pre-Budget 2018 Consultations. McKeever was the second of approximately 36 speakers. McKeever identified 4 ways not to balance the Ontario budget. Although the speakers were to give back-to-back submissions limited to 3 minutes each, and although the entire consultation was scheduled to last only 90 minutes, Finance Minister Charles Sousa felt the need to respond to McKeever’s submissions immediately after he made them. Sousa spoke for 7 minutes. This is the transcript of his response to Paul McKeever, delivered in front of all attendees. NOTE: Sousa apparently mis-heard the Master of Ceremonies when McKeever was introduced because, in the close of his response to McKeever, he referred to Freedom Party’s as the “Green party”, and said that we were doing “good work”. Continue reading »

Feb 012018
 

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On February 1, 2018, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever testified at the Oshawa hearing of Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s Pre-Budget 2018 Consultations. Before submissions commenced, each of Sousa and Dickson gave opening remarks. The attendees were told that, thereafter, submissions were to be made back-to-back, with no debate in between, so that everyone would be heard. The meeting was scheduled to last only 1.5 hours: from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM.

The first to make a submission was Adrian Foster, the Mayor of Clarington. Paul McKeever commenced his submissions immediately thereafter, essentially focusing upon 4 ways not to balance a budget. Apparently, McKeever’s submissions landed a blow because, as soon as McKeever finished, the Finance Minister indicated he wanted to make a response to McKeever’s submissions.

This recording includes both McKeever’s oral submissions and the Finance Minister’s response.

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Jan 312018
 

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On February 1, 2018, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever testified at the Oshawa hearing of Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s Pre-Budget 2018 Consultations. This document is the text that Paul McKeever prepared on January 31, 2018, in advance of giving his oral submissions. Essentially, McKeever identifies 4 ways not to balance the Ontario budget. Each person making a submission was given three minutes to speak, hence the brevity of McKeever’s notes. Continue reading »

Nov 202017
 

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Bill 178, which put an end to a five-week-old job action by college instructors and mandated binding mediation-arbitration, was approved by Liberals and Progressive Conservatives (opposed by the NDP). The Toronto Sun would later report that “about 27,500 of the roughly 250,000 full-time students decided to withdraw and receive a tuition refund rather than finishing their semester on a condensed timeline.” Other students reportedly would have to work quite hard to survive the first term of their school year once classes resumed. On November 20, 2017, college instructors returned to work. On The Live Drive program (NewsTalk 1290AM CJBK, London, Ontario) with host Andy Oudman, Paul McKeever, leader, Freedom Party of Ontario, was interviewed about the the problem of college strikes that occur during the school year.

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Feb 152017
 

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On The Tom McConnell Show (CJBK-AM 1290 London, and CKTB-AM 610 St. Catharines) Freedom Party President Robert Metz called-in to join the discussion about the taxi industry, and its attempt to promote a monopoly on transportation – a monopoly that ultimately would exclude Uber – by pretending that taxis offer a level of safety not offered by Uber. Metz is particularly critical of taxi monopoly advocate Roger Caranci, with whom he and Freedom Party have had run-ins in the past (among other things, Metz ran against Caranci in the 1999 Ontario provincial general election, in which Caranci was the Liberal candidate in the riding of London North Centre).

 

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Feb 012017
 

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On 27 January President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. On January 29, 2017, 6 Muslim men were murdered by gunshot while praying in a Quebec mosque. On January 30, 2017, London Ontario councillor Tanya Parks introduced a motion that asked City staff to (a) work with a city hall diversity committee and come back to council with “the appropriate arrangements” for making London a “sanctuary city”; and (b) have the mayor and staff talk to the federal government about London’s continued commitment to accept refugees from the seven countries under Trump’s temporary ban. The motion received unanimous support from all London councillors, including Councillor Phil Squire who told the media “My concern is, what is a sanctuary city?”. On February 1, 2017, Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever was a guest of The Andrew Lawton show (AM980, London), and he explained that, essentially, a sanctuary city is a city that adopts a policy of harbouring people who are in the country illegally; who lack refugee, immigrant, or citizen status. McKeever explained that, in his view, cities have no lawful authority to make themselves sanctuary cities. Cities that declare themselves to be sanctuary cities are effectively arrogating to themselves refugee and immigration policy-making powers, and undermining federal refugee and immigration policy. The costs and risks to the public are numerous and expensive.

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