October 6, 2011 Ontario
Leader to Run
March 23, 2011 Toronto - The London-based
Freedom Party of Ontario today announced that, in the
October 2011 provincial election, party leader Paul
McKeever will run in the riding of
Elgin-Middlesex-London. Freedom Party is the first
registered political party to nominate a candidate for the
Paul McKeever, Leader - Freedom Party of Ontario
"In recent years, people in Ontario have been left
feeling hopeless about politics", says McKeever. "Every
day, on outlets such as talk radio, people are saying that
the Liberals and the Conservatives have become so similar
that voting seems pointless; people think nothing will
change. And they are right. Just look at the Progressive
Conservative candidates nominated so far, which include a
mix of Liberals (including former Liberal National
director Rocco Rossi), nanny state lefties like Cheryl
Miller (in London Fanshawe) and Nancy Branscombe (in
London North Centre), and - potentially - former NDP MPP
Peter North (in Elgin-Middlesex-London). Ontario voters
see the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives as two very
similar parties unwilling to fix what everyone can see is
"Those who want the government to continue its rapid
descent into bankruptcy, who are addicted to ridiculous
bans, who want to spend taxpayer money fighting the
weather, or who think that more money will fix medicare
should vote Liberal or PC, as Ontario has done for
decades. Either of those parties will give you more of
the same. But for the majority, who want things fixed,
there is Freedom Party. I am happy to offer my knowledge
and hard work to the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London, and
I am promising them that, if I am elected, they will
quickly discover that they have made the right choice."
Freedom Party has been releasing 2011 election planks
since early October of 2010. A complete list of the planks
released so far can be viewed here.
Freedom Party has also released a number of pre-election
video ads to promote its planks. They all can be viewed on
Freedom Party's youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/fpontario .
Backgrounder: About Paul McKeever
Paul McKeever is the leader of the Freedom Party of
Ontario. Since 1993, Paul has been happily married to
Kathryn, who he first met in 1990, while they were both
involved in post-graduate studies at the University of
Western Ontario. In 1990, after his first year of Masters
degree work, Paul won a prestigious Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council scholarship. He received his
Masters degree in Cognitive Psychology in 1991, and
commenced Ph.D. studies that year. In 1992, he left the
Ph.D. program to attend Western Law School. Paul graduated
from law school in 1995, and commenced a one year
articling term with the London law firm of Cohen Highley.
Kathryn's family has a long history in, and connection
with, the greater London area. Paul and Kathryn bought a
home in Ailsa Craig in 1993, where they lived until 1996.
Kathryn having secured employment as a health professional
in Toronto, she and Paul moved to the Greater Toronto
Area. Paul opened his own law practice in Oshawa in 1997,
and has since that time focused on employment litigation,
including wrongful dismissals and human rights disputes.
Paul and Kathryn are the proud parents of two wonderful
children, one in high school and one in grade school. A
big, beautiful and mostly well-behaved chocolate Labrador
retriever is the McKeever family's beloved companion.
Paul is the chief spokesperson for the No Tax for Pan Am
Games (2015 Toronto) Committee. The Committee
opposes making Ontario taxpayers foot the bill for
Toronto's 2015 hosting of the Pan Am Games.
Paul has twice testified to legislative committees at
Queen's Park, once in respect of asset forfeiture
legislation, and once in respect of hearings concerning
electoral reform. In the summer of 2010, he was summoned
to Parliament Hill to testify to a House of Commons
committee concerning changes to the Canadian census.
In 2010, Paul produced and released a full-length
documentary about the political campaigns of Marc Emery.
It was shown at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto in the summer
of 2010, and has been viewed online by over 15,000 people.
Paul's YouTube channel has more subscribers than those of
the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario,
Paul's op-ed columns have appeared in the Toronto Star and
the Financial Post. He has been a regular panelist on
several current events talk shows, including TVO's Studio
2 and The
Agenda (with host Steve Paikin), Michael Coren,
Rhonda London Live, On the Line and On the Front Line
(with host Christine Williams), Jim Chapman, and more.
Paul has been interviewed by Andy
Oudman (London Today, 1290 CJBK), John
Oakley (AM 640, Toronto), Ryan
Doyle and Tarek Fatah (1010 CFRB, Toronto), and several
other radio hosts across Canada.
For further details, contact:
Paul McKeever, Leader - Freedom Party of Ontario