Oct 032011

If voters elect a Freedom government on October 6, 2011:
lower prices, greater convenience, and wider selection start November 25

October 3, 2011 Toronto – Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever announced today that, if a Freedom government is elected on October 6, 2011, its proposed changes to the price and availability of beer, wine and liquors will take effect on November 25 (the biggest North American Christmas shopping day of the year, known to some – e.g., in the USA – as “Black Friday”). Those changes will include: elimination of the beer tax and wine tax; allowing convenience, grocery, and other private stores to sell wine and beer in competition with the LCBO and Beer Store; and ending the ban on the purchase and sale of products deemed by the LCBO to be politically incorrect. Continue reading »

Sep 202011


On September 20, 2011, during Ontario’s provincial general election, Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever was a guest of Byline (hosted by Brian Lilley on Sun TV). The appearance was prompted by September 15th and 16th comments by Lilley that Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives are indistinguishable from Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals, and that there exists no viable alternative for “fiscal conservatives”. Viewers e-mailed Lilley to let him know he was wrong: for those looking for better governance in Ontario, there’s Freedom Party.

Lilley and McKeever discussed four of Freedom Party’s 18 election planks: 1. Separating Organized Religious Practice and Public Schools, 2. Allowing Beer and Wine to be purchased in Grocery and Convenience Stores, 3. Eliminating Ontario’s 14.7 cent per litre gasoline tax, and 4. Eliminating the beer tax (which will save beer purchasers as much as $5.76 per box of 24 beer). Continue reading »

Sep 202011

As set out in Freedom Party of Ontario’s 2011 election platform, a Freedom government will eliminate the beer tax, the wine tax, the gasoline tax, and the health premium. One of Freedom Party’s candidates has been knocking on doors, campaigning, and asked me the following:

Have you ever been asked something to the effect: “Sounds great that FP is going to cut all these taxes, but what services are you correspondingly going to slash? What’s your hidden agenda?”

How would you address that?

Secondly, any general advice (other than stick to the planks) when it comes to doing interviews with media etc? What to avoid, emphasize, etc.?

I’ve had some amazingly positive responses from people re: FP. Even the partisan PC guy cleaning his gun was keen and interested in FP.

I replied as follows: Continue reading »

Sep 072011


This election commercial was aired on Sun News Network during the Ontario general election of 2011 to promote the party’s 2011 election plank: Eliminate the Beer Sales Tax (B.S.T.).

Transcript “On Canada Day, 2010, the Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty quietly introduced the B.S.T.: a tax only on beers brewed in Ontario. There’s no B.S.T. on imported beer. A Freedom government will eliminate the B.S.T.. That will knock as much as five dollars and seventy-six cents off the price of a case of the many fine beers brewed right here in Ontario. Freedom Party. No B.S. …T.” Continue reading »

Sep 072011


This election commercial was aired on Sun News Network during the Ontario general election of 2011 to promote the party’s 2011 election plank: Alcoholic Beverages: Wider Selection, Lower Prices, Shopping Convenience.

Transcript: “You’re at the 24 hour grocery store. Your friends are coming over for dinner in a few minutes, but you have no wine or beer to offer them. You check your watch. The liquor store and The Beer Store are both closed. With a Freedom government, this will never happen again. If you are an adult, you’ll be able to buy wine or beer in a grocery store, or in a convenience store, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Convenience, from Freedom Party.” Continue reading »

Sep 072011

During the 2011 election, Freedom Party of Ontario released its election platform one plank at a time, beginning October 12, 2010 (Affordable Electricity). The 18th and final plank (Separating Public Schools and Organized Religious Practice) was released on August 2, 2011. Each plank was announced with a media release, and each plank release was accompanied by the release of a pre-election commercial that was viewable only on the web. Each plank release was also accompanied by an audio recording, available only on the web, of Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever reading the plank for the voter’s convenience. Freedom Party maintained a 2011 Election Platform web page. As each plank was released, a link to the plank was added to the Platform page. On September 7, 2011 – the day that the election writ was dropped for the 2011 Ontario provincial election – Freedom Party released its 2011 election platform as the world’s first-ever election platform audiobook.

HTML (web) version: https://freedomparty.on.ca/archive/elections/2011/platform/2011electionplanks.htm
AUDIOBOOK version: https://freedomparty.on.ca/archive/elections/2011/platform/2011-09-07.fpo-2011-platform-audiobook.m4b

Sep 072011


Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever reads Freedom Party of Ontario’s 2011 election platform in its entirety. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first election platform ever released by anyone in audiobook format.

This audiobook places each plank in a separate chapter, for ease of navigation. Compatible with Apple iTunes, iPhone/iPod/iPad, and other smart phones/tablets. Continue reading »

Aug 092011

updates-blog-entryAugust 9, 2011 – The St. Thomas Times-Journal (SunMedia/Canoe) today ran a big story today about Freedom Party of Ontario’s stand on making wine and beer sales legal in convenience/variety stores and grocery stores. The Liberals, NDP, and PCs are not in favour, but 60% of the Ontario public is. The story also features responses from the LCBO and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Click here to read the article. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and acquaintances. And be sure to send a brief (3 to 5 sentence) letter to the Editor, expressing your views about the story, and the issue. You can submit your letter to the editor of the St. Thomas Time-Journal here. Continue reading »

May 182011

updates-blog-entryMay 18, 2011 – Radio Interview: Paul McKeever, leader, Freedom Party of Ontario was interviewed today on the Jim Richards Showgram (CFRB 1010 AM, Toronto). The topic: Freedom Party of Ontario’s promise to open up the LCBO and The Beer Store to competition from other stores (such as grocery stores and 24 hour convenience stores), so that Ontario has wider selection, lower prices, and greater shopping convenience.