March 23, 2011 Toronto – The London-based Freedom Party of Ontario today announced that, in the October 2011 provincial election, party leader Paul McKeever will run in the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London. Freedom Party is the first registered political party to nominate a candidate for the riding.
“In recent years, people in Ontario have been left feeling hopeless about politics”, says McKeever. “Every day, on outlets such as talk radio, people are saying that the Liberals and the Conservatives have become so similar that voting seems pointless; people think nothing will change. And they are right. Just look at the Progressive Conservative candidates nominated so far, which include a mix of Liberals (including former Liberal National director Rocco Rossi), nanny state lefties like Cheryl Miller (in London Fanshawe) and Nancy Branscombe (in London North Centre), and – potentially – former NDP MPP Peter North (in Elgin-Middlesex-London). Ontario voters see the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives as two very similar parties unwilling to fix what everyone can see is broken.
“Those who want the government to continue its rapid descent into bankruptcy, who are addicted to ridiculous bans, who want to spend taxpayer money fighting the weather, or who think that more money will fix medicare should vote Liberal or PC, as Ontario has done for decades. Either of those parties will give you more of the same. But for the majority, who want things fixed, there is Freedom Party. I am happy to offer my knowledge and hard work to the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London, and I am promising them that, if I am elected, they will quickly discover that they have made the right choice.”
Freedom Party has been releasing 2011 election planks since early October of 2010. A complete list of the planks released so far can be viewed here. Freedom Party has also released a number of pre-election video ads to promote its planks. They all can be viewed on Freedom Party’s youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/fpontario .
Backgrounder: About Paul McKeever
Paul McKeever is the leader of the Freedom Party of Ontario. Since 1993, Paul has been happily married to Kathryn, who he first met in 1990, while they were both involved in post-graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario. In 1990, after his first year of Masters degree work, Paul won a prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council scholarship. He received his Masters degree in Cognitive Psychology in 1991. In 1992, he was accepted into Western Law School. Paul graduated from law school in 1995, and commenced a one year articling term with the London law firm of Cohen Highley.
Kathryn’s family has a long history in, and connection with, the greater London area. Paul and Kathryn bought a home in Ailsa Craig in 1993, where they lived until 1996. Kathryn having secured employment as a health professional in Toronto, she and Paul moved to the Greater Toronto Area. Paul opened his own law practice in Oshawa in 1997, and has since that time focused on employment litigation, including wrongful dismissals and human rights disputes.
Paul and Kathryn are the proud parents of two wonderful children, one in high school and one in grade school. A big, beautiful and mostly well-behaved chocolate Labrador retriever is the McKeever family’s beloved companion.
Paul is the chief spokesperson for the No Tax for Pan Am Games (2015 Toronto) Committee. The Committee opposes making Ontario taxpayers foot the bill for Toronto’s 2015 hosting of the Pan Am Games.
Paul has twice testified to legislative committees at Queen’s Park, once in respect of asset forfeiture legislation, and once in respect of hearings concerning electoral reform. In the summer of 2010, he was summoned to Parliament Hill to testify to a House of Commons committee concerning changes to the Canadian census.
In 2010, Paul produced and released a full-length documentary about the political campaigns of Marc Emery. It was shown at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto in the summer of 2010, and has been viewed online by over 15,000 people. Paul’s YouTube channel has more subscribers than those of the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario, combined.
Paul’s op-ed columns have appeared in the Toronto Star and the Financial Post. He has been a regular panelist on several current events talk shows, including TVO’s Studio 2 and The Agenda (with host Steve Paikin), Michael Coren, Rhonda London Live, On the Line and On the Front Line (with host Christine Williams), Jim Chapman, and more. Paul has been interviewed by Andy Oudman (London Today, 1290 CJBK), John Oakley (AM 640, Toronto), Ryan Doyle and Tarek Fatah (1010 CFRB, Toronto), and several other radio hosts across Canada.
For further details, contact:
Paul McKeever, Leader – Freedom Party of Ontario