Aug 012007

2007-08-01.fptv-15-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
In this information-packed video, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains that the “fiscal gap” is a myth…a myth promoted by provincial politicians who are afraid of being accountable to the public for raising taxes or cutting spending. Paul also explains the dangers, to confederation and to the democratic process, of provinces seeking to balance their budgets with federal tax revenues. Continue reading »

Jul 292007

2007-07-29.fptv-14-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
Freedom Party of Ontario leader, Paul McKeever, reports from cottage country in the Haliburtons.

While the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives are promising to increase spending (and, therefore, to increase taxes), Freedom Party’s message remains: we must decrease taxes and government spending. Continue reading »

May 212007

2007-05-21.fptv-11-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
On long weekends, and at other times when demand for gasoline increases, gasoline prices often increase. Many politicians jump on this opportunity to allege “collusion” among gasoline companies, and to call prices increases “price gouging”.

On May 17, 2007 – the Thursday prior to the Victoria Day long weekend in Ontario – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (PCs) introduced a private members Bill (Bill 228, Gas Prices Notice Act, 2007) which would require gasoline companies to give consumers three days advance notice of any increase in gasoline prices. One day later, PC leader John Tory issued a press release stating he told gasoline companies that they “must” do a better job of “justifying” their prices.

In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever discusses the injustice of calling the proper functioning of the price system “price gouging”, and explains how the PCs bill would actually cause consumers to force gasoline companies to sell fuel below cost: Bill 228 replaces alleged “price gouging” with patently obvious “fuel gouging”. Continue reading »

May 172007

2007-05-17.fptv-10-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
Every party is often asked: “Who is your constituency? The poor? The rich? Business? Workers?” et cetera. For most political parties, the honest answer is that they try to win collectives to their side, in an attempt to cobble together enough votes to win seats. Most parties are not guided by any real philosophy of any sort, instead playing the numbers game to win power.

Was it always this way? In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains why so many parties are completely lacking in any philosophical commitments, and why they seek mainly to please the majority.

Along the way, Paul relates his explanation to paintings, popular music, and a speech by author/novelist Ayn Rand.

Who is Freedom Party’s constituency? Watch and find out. Maybe, it includes you. Continue reading »

May 042007

2007-05-04.fptv-9-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
In mid February of 2007, the McGuinty government announced that it was considering a host of power conservation measures, including a ban on the incandescent lightbulb. Both the governing Liberals and the opposition Progressive Conservatives referred to this proposal as one aimed at fighting global warming by limiting CO2 emissions. Opposition leader John Tory actually suggested that the ban should be imposed immediately, to fight global warming, and that McGuinty’s slowness to ban the incandescent bulb was unacceptable.

In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever exposes the actual reason for the incandescent lightbulb ban in Ontario. Hint: it isn’t a fight against global warming. Continue reading »

Apr 042007

2007-04-04.fptv-8-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
It is expected that, on May 15, 2007, Ontario’s Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform will recommend replacing Ontario’s Single Member Plurality (SMP or “First Past the Post”) electoral system with the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system. If it does so, Ontario will hold a referendum on October 10, 2007, to decide whether or not to replace Ontario’s SMP system with the MMP system.

The key difference between the two electoral systems is that the SMP tends to yield single-party majority governments, whereas the MMP tends to create minority governments.

In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains to Ontario’s Select Committee on Electoral Reform that minority governments exclude the possibility of rational and exclude ethics from the law-making process. Only a majority government, submits McKeever, allows a government to make laws according to what is right rather than just according to what is merely popular.

NOTE: the Select Committee was comprised of elected members of the provincial legislature and held its hearings in 2005. On the basis of its report, the government set up Ontario’s Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform. Continue reading »

Mar 282007

2007-03-29.fptv-7-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
On February 8, 2007, the governing Liberal Party of Ontario lost a seat to the socialist New Democratic Party. York South-Weston is, statistically, the second poorest riding in Ontario, and the NDP’s success in the by-election was widely attributed to its proposal to raise Ontario’s minimum wage from $8 per hour to $10 per hour.

To avoid losing more seats to the NDP, the governing Liberal Party has said that poverty is a central issue in the coming October 10, 2007 general election.

March 22, 2007 was budget day in Ontario, and Greg Sorbara, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, announced that Ontario’s minimum wage would increase by 75 cents per year over the next three years, bringing the minimum wage to $10.25 by 2010.

The leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, John Tory (leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario) has, in recent months, agreed with the idea that Ontario’s minimum wage must be increased.

In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains why increasing the minimum wage would be both immoral and economically hazardous…particularly to employees in Ontario. Continue reading »

Mar 192007

2007-03-19.fptv-6.2-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
In this second of a two-part episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever addresses the impracticality of property taxation and describes a better way for municipalities to collect the revenues that they spend on municipal services: a municipal property tax (combined with the scrapping of property taxation). Continue reading »

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