On October 29, 1989, Freedom Party of Ontario held a brunch at the Regal Constellation Hotel in Toronto (900 Dixon Road). The party’s guest speaker was Dr. Walter Block, in his capacity as Chief Economist with Vancouver-based Fraser Institute. Block attended to shine light on economics, capitalism, and the environment from the perspective of the Austrian School of economics. Block’s speech is here provided for its historical and economic value, and not for its philosophical message (which runs contrary to Freedom Party’s: whereas Block is libertarian/anti-state, Freedom Party is pro-freedom).
Also included in this video: Professor William H. Peterson’s introduction of Walter Block; Mary Lou Gutscher’s speech about (among other things) how Freedom Party came about; and Freedom 200 pins being awarded to 6 Freedom Party contributors, including Jack Plant, who would years later become the leader of the party.
NOTE: Dr. Block’s speech was transcribed and reprinted in the pages of Freedom Party’s publication Consent (issues 13, 14, 15, and 17).
Direct links to the various parts of the video:
Introduction and awarding of Freedom 200 pins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ppJ0iP9Sc
Mary Lou Gutscher on Freedom Party’s history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ppJ0iP9Sc&t=9m0s
Professor William H. Peterson (introduced by Robert Metz): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ppJ0iP9Sc&t=17m8s
Dr. Walter Block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ppJ0iP9Sc&t=28m54s
Recorded: October 29, 1989
Released online: October 7, 2015
Video and Audio Recording: Robert Vaughan
Edited and Produced by: Paul McKeever
Featuring: Robert Metz, Mary Lou Gutscher, William H. Peterson, and Walter Block
Released on: https://www.youtube.com/fpontario
Duration: 2 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
Color/BW: Full colour