Jun 121988

1988-06-12.emery-released-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:

On June 12, 1988, TV London News reported the June 10, 1988 release of then Freedom Party of Ontario Action Director Marc Emery from the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in London, Ontario. He had been jailed for approximately 4 days for refusing to pay a $500.00 fine, which was imposed upon him because he intentionally staffed his book store (City Lights) with more than three individuals on a Sunday, contrary to Ontario’s then-existing laws against retail business on Sundays (a law imposed in 1975 by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party). Continue reading »

Jun 101988


Beginning June 7, 1988, Freedom Party of Ontario Action Director Marc Emery spent 4 days in jail for having refused to pay a $500 fine that was imposed upon him by a court for having opened his bookstore on a Sunday, contrary to provincial law. He had opened his store as an act of civil disobedience, in conjunction with his efforts as Action Director of the Freedom Party. In the face of organized proponents of the ban on Sunday shopping – including organized religion, organized business interests, and all three of the political parties holding seats in the Ontario Legislature – Emery was the front man for Freedom Party of Ontario’s lonely, but ultimately successful, campaign against the Sunday shopping ban.

In this radio broadcast, “Radio Docs” host Mario Circelli mentions that Emery has just been released from jail to join him on the program (that makes June 10, 1988 the most likely date of the broadcast; Freedom Party president Robert Metz recalls having brought money to the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in the early morning hours of a June Friday to pay the money [collected from supporters as “Pennies for Principles”] necessary to secure Emery’s release). Arguably, the fact that Emery has just emerged from jail can be heard not so much in Emery’s voice, as in his words on the program. This arguably is Emery in his finest form.

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Jun 011988

FP Calendar 1989; Elections 1987-88 Overview; Bridging the Credibility Gap, Peterson’s Liberals win majority, analysis; Fringe Parties Jockey for Fourth Place (Globe & Mail); FP Election Results Analysis; Newspaper Excerpts, Candidates, Highlights of Marc Emery, Ray Monteith – Elgin Riding, Emery’s Calendar of Individual Freedom, FP Candidates Balabanian, Frampton, Pengelly, Magder – FP (London Free Press); FP Election Issues 1987; North London By-election Sets New Precedents, vote gains; Freedom Party Scoffs at Fringe Party Title; Freedom For Sale on Ballot, highlight of FP Campaign; Freedom Briefs, news of FP activities; Welland-Thorold About to discover Freedom Party, by-election, Barry Fitzgerald. Continue reading »

Jun 011988

1985-fpo-radio-thumbAUDIO – DESCRIPTION:
On an unknown date in 1988, Michael Schwab (Canadian Vegans for Animal Rights) and Dr. Ron Calhoun (Partners in Research) were the guests of Radio 98’s “Talkback” program, with host Ann Hutchison. Although most of their discussion was not recorded by Freedom Party, they apparently were two sides of a debate over the propriety of using animals as test subjects in scientific research. Freedom Party president Robert Metz called in about Michael Schwab’s position on “animal rights”.



Complete Recording
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