Nov 211996

1996-xx-xx.fp-logo-radio-thumbAUDIO – DESCRIPTION:

In the wake of the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) call for a legal ban on smoking tobacco in the private homes of pregnant women or small children (which the OMA calls “a form of child abuse”), Freedom Party president Robert Metz was invited to square off against Dr. Terry Polovoy of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, on ‘Hot Talk’, Radio 98’s daily open-line program hosted by Gord Harris.

Note: This broadcast was reported in Freedom Flyer #31

Whole Recording:
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Sep 041990

1985-fpo-radio-thumbAUDIO – DESCRIPTION:

Two days before voting day in the Ontario election of 1990, Robert Metz – then leader of Freedom Party of Ontario – was the guest of the London, Ontario talk radio program Talkback (with host Anne Hutchison). With the exception of a call about land deals in London, most callers were interested in talking about health care. One caller recalled affordably buying health care insurance for $30 per month for a family of six in the years prior to 1969, when Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government banned private health care and instituted Ontario’s socialized health care monopoly. Another, defending Ontario’s socialist health care monopoly, called to say that each individual is his “brother’s keeper”. Another insinuated, falsely, that Metz and Freedom Party wanted a system akin to that in the United States. Openly opposing “univeral” health care, Metz’s reply was that the issues of health care and poverty are separate issues, and that Ontario residents should have a choice when it comes to paying for health care or helping the poor.

Most commercials have been removed from this recording, but election commercials by the Progressive Conservative Party, the Ontario Medical Association, a union, and the New Democratic Party have not been removed from the recording. Pay particular attention to the fact that, even in 1990, even Ontario’s doctors were saying that the Ontario health care system was leaving people suffering – even dying – in the health care queues and under-service that necessarily has constantly plagued the Ontario government’s rationed (i.e., socialist) health care monopoly since its inception in 1969.

NOTE: This recording was reconstructed from two cassette recordings of the same broadcast. One of the cassettes (captured as included no commercials (they had been skipped during the recording process), but the other (captured as tape-2012.013.mp3) had a couple of election commercials that originally made onto a cassette tape. During most of tape-2012.013.mp3, music can be heard playing as if in the background, and the signal tails off dramatically toward the end. However, the political commercials from that recording have been added to the other recording to create this reconstructed recording for archival purposes.

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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 201986


Open-line talk-radio debate between (then) Communist Party of Canada’s leader William Kashtan and FPO’s President Robert Metz.

Note: In 1986, Freedom Party promoted this recording as one of its “Hear the Voice of Freedom” cassette series. In the promoted version, the original recording (taken from the June 20, 1986 episode of Hotline, with Wayne McLean) was preceded by an introduction. Links to both the “Hear the Voice of Freedom” production, and to the original Wayne McLean recording from which the production was made, appear below.


Hear the Voice of Freedom – Freedom vs. Communism: Part 1 (first hour)

Hear the Voice of Freedom – Freedom vs. Communism: Part 2 (second hour):

Original Broadcast:

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May 031985


In 1985, Heidi Strasser was a London area radical feminist and a representative of the London Status of Women Action Group (LSWAG). In the early eighties, LSWAG ran campaigns to ban or otherwise censor the wide range of things it considered “pornography”. As a result, in those years, pornography “dominated the news” in London (in the words of then talk radio host Wayne McLean).

On May 3, 1985, McLean dedicated two hours of his radio program to the issue of feminism versus individual freedom. His guests were Strasser, and then Freedom Party of Ontario Action Director Marc Emery, who opposed censorship.

NOTES: This recording – including the introduction by Freedom Party’s Murray Hopper, which was not part of the original broadcast but was added by Freedom Party – was featured at page four of Issue 5 of “Freedom Flyer”, Freedom Party of Ontario’s newsletter as one of Freedom Party’s “Hear the Voice of Freedom” audio cassette series. This recording was #3 in that series.

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Nov 071984 – DESCRIPTION:

On October 19, 1984, in London, Ontario, revellers in the Gatewood Crescent area (most thought to be students of the University of Western Ontario) smashed beer bottles on the street and driveways, and urinated on lawns, gardens, and automobiles. Local residents found themselves virtually helpless against the collective onslaught of over 1000 party-goers. Despite police attempts to disburse the crowd by using tear-gas, verbal and physical onslaughts against residents continued into the hours of dawn. On a Wednesday (it’s not clear which Wednesday) in November of 1984, the radio station at the University of Western Ontario broadcasted a one-hour discussion about the Gatewood riot. Panelists included Freedom Party of Ontario’s Action Director, Marc Emery. Emery found himself having to pronounce explicit moral judgement against those who did not seem to have any regard for, or understanding of, the property rights of others.

NOTE: This recording was featured at pages 11 to 12 of Issue 4 of “Freedom Flyer”, the September to December 1984 issue of Freedom Party of Ontario’s official newsletter.

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Jul 241984


In July of 1984, then Freedom Party of Ontario Action Director Marc Emery, together with volunteers from the Freedom Party of Ontario, went door-to-door distributing a letter opposed to taxpayer funding for the Pan Am Games. A local contingent of businessmen and municipal politicians had tendered a bid for London, Ontario to host the 1991 games, and the bid included a budget in which taxpayers would be stuck with picking up the lions’ share of the tab. Emery had submitted his letter to the local London Free Press, which had declined to print it. After Emery’s letter was distributed door-to-door, a No Tax for Pan Am Games Committee was formed, which published a number of newsletters to keep opponents of taxpayer funding for the games aware of developments. Ultimately, in early 1985, Emery and Freedom Party were successful: thanks largely to their organized opposition to taxpayer funding for the games, public outcry against public funding for the games ultimately resulted in Canada’s then federal Minister of State for Fitness and Amateur Sport, Otto Jelinek, issuing the announcement of a 5 year freeze on taxpayer funding for sporting events. The London bid was dead. The 1991 Pan Am Games were held in Cuba, at the expense of Cuban taxpayers.

In this Radio 98 episode of Wayne McLean’s show “Hotline”, Marc Emery and then London alderman Joe Fontana debated taxpayer funding for the London Pan Am Games bid.

Note: This audio is captured from a cassette tape. The recording on side 2 of the tape suffers from speeding-up and slowing down of the tape that appears to have been caused by variable slowing of the tape reel during the recording of the broadcast (the tape, itself, is not stretched or creased or otherwise damaged and the cassette mechanism moves freely). This digital capture plays side 2 continuously after side 1, such that the audio irregularities are heard during the second half of the recording.

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Mar 031983


In 1983, before Freedom Party of Ontario was founded by Robert Metz and others, Metz was president of a London-area riding association for a political party called Unparty (Unparty folded at the end of 1983). Dr. Gail Hutchinson was a London area radical feminist who (with her London Status of Women Action Group, LSWAG) in the early eighties, led campaigns to ban or otherwise censor the wide range of things she considered “pornography”. As a result, in those years, pornography “dominated the news” in London (in the words of then talk radio host Wayne McLean).

On March 18, 1983, McLean dedicated two hours of his radio program to the pornography issue. His guests were Hutchinson who advocated censorship, and Metz, who opposed censorship. McLean especially wanted to know how his guests defined “pornography”, what if any effects it has on people, and whether (or how) it should be banned or otherwise censored.

NOTES: All commercials have been removed from this recording, but none of the comments made by the host, guests, or callers. All news stories (which played intermittently), except one, have been removed. The one news story relates to a French bill proposing jail terms for publishing derogatory statements about women. Near the middle of the program, the show blocked broadcast of something that someone had said. The blocking takes the form of a few seconds of annoying buzzing and beeping.

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