May 291999

1999-05-29.dinner-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
On May 29, 1999, Freedom Party of Ontario held the second of two dinners that it had held in support of its candidates in the 1999 Ontario provincial election. After an introductory speech by Master of Ceremonies Robert Vaughan, Freedom Party of Ontario founder Robert Metz introduced Mary Lou Gutscher, founder of a party that gave its registered status to Freedom Party in 1984 (Gutscher also was one of the first members of Freedom Party). Thereafter, short speeches were given by some of Freedom Party’s candidates for the 1999 election. Following the candidate speeches, Robert Metz spoke both as the party President and as the candidate for London North Centre. Finally, then party Leader Lloyd Walker (London-Fanshawe) gave the dinner’s closing speech.

The speeches reveal a good number of interesting, historical, and sometimes humourous facts and occurrences. Want to know how Freedom Party got registered, or how it got its name? Want to to know what it was like to be a candidate when the party was just getting started? Want to hear the story about how Mikhail Gorbachev came to own a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal”? Want to find out how the press deliberately distorts and disparages Freedom Party candidates? Watch, listen, learn, and laugh a bit.

You can watch the entire dinner from the beginning by clicking here:

Or, you can jump right to any of the following speeches in the video:

Robert Metz introducing Mary Lou Gutscher:

Mary Lou Gutscher:

Paul Blair (Oxford):

Vaughan Byrnes (Willowdale):

Wayne Forbes (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex):

Paul McKeever (Toronto Centre-Rosedale):

Ray Monteith (Elgin—Middlesex—London):

Charles Olito (Haliburton—Victoria—Brock):

Jack Plant (London West):

Wayne Simmons (Don Valley East):

Rob Smink (Perth—Middlesex):

Robert Metz (London North Centre):

Lloyd Walker (London-Fanshawe):

Video Details:

Recorded: May 29, 1999
Released: May 17, 2015
Video and Audio Recording: Robert Vaughan
Edited and Produced by: Paul McKeever
Released on:
Duration: 1 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
Color/BW: Full colour