An election flyer released by Ernie Eves' Progressive Conservatives shows the PCs have been forced to run as a fringe party, on fringe issues, with fringe party election materials.
Fringe parties are defined primarily by their pet issues. Their issues are called "fringe" precisely because they have little to do with mainstream issues such as Electricity, Health Care, Education, and Auto Insurance. The PCs have been forced into a Fringe Party campaign because they lack economically defensible solutions to mainstream problems. Consider the fringy issues upon which they have instead narrowly focussed their whole campaign. These issues are set out in the PCs' election literature...click here to see it. In sum:
In Oshawa, the big election signs used by Minister of Natural Resources Jerry Ouellette (currently under fire for a failure to take action sooner at the Aylmer meat packing plant) are white with blue lettering. "I've heard comments from Elections Ontario personnel that suggest this may be Jerry's way of distinguishing his PC signs from my blue Freedom Party signs", says McKeever. "For months, Freedom Party has made little secret of the fact that we were going to run a true-blue sign campaign. Of course, it might just as easily be explained by Ouellette's current crisis over Aylmer. He is probably trying to distance himself from his party as much as possible these days...indeed, he may be trying, at this point, to distance himself from himself."
The PCs' flyer is also fringy in appearance. Having used a Liberal party logo apparently in an unauthorized fashion, two red stickers have been slapped, in a sloppy fashion, over the Liberal logo. See diagram below (note, in the diagram, the stickers have been moved so that you can see the logo beneath):
Unlike the newly-fringe PCs' platform, the Freedom Party of Ontario's election platform provides economically defensible solutions to mainstream issues. Our platform, The Right Direction, can be found at:
https://freedomparty.on.ca/platform.pdf (Adobe .pdf format)
https://freedomparty.on.ca/platform/html/cover.htm (HTML format)
Paul McKeever (who will be running in the riding of Oshawa, against Sid Ryan and Jerry Ouellette) is available to discuss this matter. You can contact him directly at:
Freedom Party is expected to run candidates in approximately half of Ontario's ridings in the coming election.
further information: Paul McKeever, Leader, Freedom Party of Ontario.