Sep 212002

2002-09-21.belleville-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:

On September 21, 2002, Freedom Party of Ontario held its first Constituency Association workshop, for the riding of Prince Edward-Hastings, in anticipation of the 2003 provincial general election. It was the first public meeting held since the party’s adoption of its first official constitution and statement of policies (as opposed to election platforms), and since the launch of the new FPO website, (form 1996 to 2002, the party’s official website had been located at, which thereafter became the official website for Freedom Party International, which is not an electoral political party but an educational arm of the organization). After an initial speech by FPO’s education critic, Robert Vaughan, party president Robert Metz provided attendees with a history of the party, and Paul McKeever gave his first public speech as the party’s new leader. Continue reading »

May 081993

1993-05-08.reflections-dinner-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:

On May 8, 1993, Freedom Party kicked off its May 9, 1993 political workshop with its “Reflections ’92’93” dinner: a retrospective on Freedom Party of Ontario’s recent political activities. Freedom 200 pins were awarded to the following attendees of the dinner: Joe Byway, Kathy Byway, Carol Fitzgerald, Kim Malcolm, Trudy Moody, Carol Ranzan, Conrad Ranzan, Silvio Ursomarzo, Carol Vandenberg, and Nick Whitehead.

Titled “Horizons”, the workshop was led by Freedom Party of Ontario president Robert Metz. It dealt with abstractions vs. concretes, with the definitions of key terms (e.g., government), and with issues raised by attendees.

The dinner and the workshop were held at the Ramada Inn 401 in London, Ontario. They both were video taped almost in their entirety. Video clips were shown at both the dinner and the workshop, and those videos (with the exception of one titled “Dutch Treat”, which cannot be located) have been integrated into the dinner and workshop videos at the appropriate places. Clip in the dinner video: London nurses all candidates election debate (election 1990). Clip in the workshop video (Part 1): excerpt from “Debate ’94”, concerning which is the moral system, capitalism or communism (featuring Leonard Peikoff, John Ridpath, Jill Vickers, and Gerald Caplan). Clips in the workshop video (Part 2): excerpt from “Family Ties” (re: freedom of speech), and a TV London News item concerning Robert Metz’s allegation that the human rights complaint against London landlord Elijah Elieff were a cover for an attempt to seize the landlord’s buildings. Continue reading »

Sep 231989

1989-09-23.emerlingVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:

On September 22, 1989, Freedom Party kicked off a weekend political workshop with a dinner. The workshop was held on September 23, 24, and 25. The dinner, and the workshop, were held at the then Park Lane Hotel in London, Ontario. Titled the “New Art of Political Persuasion Workshop”, the workshop was led by political advisor Michael Emerling (a.k.a., Michael Cloud), who was also a guest speaker at the dinner. It was Emerling’s second workshop for Freedom Party of Ontario (the first being held in 1986). The dinner and workshop were video taped and their entirety. Continue reading »

Oct 041986

1986-10-06.emerling-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:

On October 4 and 5, 1986, Freedom Party held a workshop for its members and supporters at the then Park Lane Hotel at 186 King Street in London, Ontario. Titled the “Art of Political Persuasion Workshop”, the workshop was led by political advisor Michael Emerling (a.k.a., Michael Cloud). It was Emerling’s first workshop for Freedom Party of Ontario (the second being held in 1989). The workshop originally had been planned and marketed as a two-day event and those two days were video taped in their entirety. Continue reading »