Ontario’s recent election, Libertarian breakthrough, Freedom Party’s balanced budget gimmick, Ellen Brown got the most votes of any third-party contender for California Treasurer, and Canada’s Supreme Court decision requiring warrants for all internet user requests.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged California, election, Ellen Brown, Exposing Faux Capitalism, Freedom Party, Jason Erb, libertarian, Ontario, Supreme Court of Canada, Treasurer on June 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Freedom Party of Ontario leaders Paul McKeever was on Sun News Network on May 29, 2014 to outline his party’s balanced budget plan for Ontario.
The guest host was understandably interested in how the Freedom Party of Ontario would purport to do this, since Ontario’s deficit currently sits at $12 billion.
Their solution? McKeever explains at 2:30, that they would take health care off-budget by making it a Crown Corporation, and introduce competition. I like the second part, but the first part comes across as a total gimmick.
It’s reminiscent of PC Leader Tim Hudak’s 2011 election campaign gimmick of promising to pay off Ontario’s hydro debt by only paying the principal, and not the interest. Wouldn’t that be nice for average homeowners, to tell their bank that they’ve paid off their mortgage after paying back only the principal? You’d be laughed out of the bank, and after two missed payments, they’d foreclose on your home. Yet gimmicks like this pass as legitimate discourse in politics today.
Overall, the Ontario Freedom Party would, in principle, bring some much-needed relief from increasing government control over our lives, but I like the Ontario Libertarian Party, except for where they aren’t running candidates this election. And if you don’t have either an OLP or OFP candidate in your riding, consider declining your ballot, which will effectively serve as a vote for “none of the above.”
Once again, the private sector continues to lead in providing alternative voices that the public sector claims to offer, despite Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, deciding not to provide any TV coverage of the Ontario Libertarian Party, despite its 74 candidates, which could theoretically form a majority government for the first time in its history.
For more on Allen Small, see my comprehensive March 20, 2014 interview with him.
As part of my alternative Ontario provincial election coverage, in interviewing the Ontario Libertarian Party candidates in my area of Kitchener-Waterloo, here is my 8-minute interview with OLP candidate for Kitchener-Waterloo, James Schulz.
There was an audio issue that resulted in my questions and commentary not being heard, so enjoy the chance to only hear a candidate’s own words!
As part of my alternative Ontario provincial election coverage, in interviewing the Ontario Libertarian Party candidates in my area of Kitchener-Waterloo, here is my 15-minute interview with OLP candidate for Kitchener-Conestoga, David Schumm.
For my interview with Kitchener Centre OLP candidate Patrick Bernier, see here.
Exposing Faux Capitalism: Interview with Allen Small, Ontario Libertarian Party leader, March 20, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Allen Small, Canada, election, Exposing Faux Capitalism, government, Jason Erb, libertarian, Ontario, Ontario Libertarian Party, Rob Ford on March 22, 2014 | 3 Comments »
We discussed the following issues:
- The upcoming Ontario general election
- The Ontario Libertarian Party’s plan to run a full slate of candidates in all 107 ridings in the upcoming election
- Major parties changing their policies just to get votes, whereas Libertarian Party stands on principles
- Reactions to increasing government intrusion in the private, peaceful activities of our lives
- Municipal governance
- Unnecessary permits
- The proper role of government
- Canada in infamous company with Cuba and North Korea, for not allowing private payment of primary health care by most residents
- Ontario’s exemption for private sports clubs
- Ontario used to have a vibrant private health care system in the early 1960s
- Provincial health insurance coverage arbitrary and varies among provinces
- You have a right to health, but not to force others to provide health care for you
- Current health policy in Ontario costing time, money and lives
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford publicly admitting to what constitutes an indictable offence (crack possession and use)
- Waterloo mayoral candidate Dave MacDonald’s letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling for a provincially-mandated referendum on the Region’s light rail transit plans
- Whether referendums are appropriate for issues that aren’t the proper function of government
- The misconception of voting for an alternative party is “throwing your vote away”
- Even a small percentage of support for alternative parties in a close election can cause other parties to “steal” ideas, and how that’s beneficial
I previously interviewed Allen on September 16, 2012.