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On the June 14, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I discussed the following recent issues of the past week in the audio here:

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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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.”

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During the June 3 TVO debate on issues facing the 416 (Toronto) ridings in the run-up to the June 12, 2014 Ontario provincial election, Green Party of Ontario candidate for York Centre, Joshua Borenstein, mentioned a modified version of John Turmel’s Argentine Solution (at 30m).

John Turmel is the founder of the Paupers Party and I interviewed him as a 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo byelection candidate, when he was promoting the “Argentine Solution” of paying Ontario government workers with a portion of their salary in Ontario government bonds in lieu of pay. That way, savings could be had in the short-term until the bonds come due, and no money would have to be borrowed directly from banks in order to issue them.

Joshua Borenstein suggested a modified version of the plan, saying that Ontario should provide tax credits to Ontario public sector employees, which they could then redeem on their 2014 tax filing next year.

These are exactly the kind of alternative ideas that the three main parties (Liberal, PC and NDP) are not offering voters, and why we need more alternative voices in these discussions, such as the Ontario Libertarian Party.

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In the run-up to the June 12, 2014 Ontario provincial election, Allen Small, Ontario Libertarian Party leader, was interviewed by the Sun News Network on June 4.

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.

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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.

Here are my interviews with Kitchener Centre OLP candidate Patrick Bernier and Kitchener-Conestoga OLP candidate David Schumm.

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!

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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.

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From the March 29, 2012 news release, Ontario Increases Funding Per Student:

The 2012-13 Grants for Student Needs (GSN) will rise this coming year to $11,189 per student. That is an increase of about $4,000 per student since 2003.

According to StatsCan, the median Canadian family income in 2013 was $76,000.

From the Ernst & Young 2013 Tax Calculator, the tax bill for an Ontario median family income household was $16,967, where less than 35% of that would be provincial tax.

That is, the provincial tax bill would not exceed $6000.

Does it make any sense that the per-student funding is higher than the median family household income?

When it is said that private education isn’t affordable for most with the same approach as public education, that is true, and that’s precisely because the public education system isn’t financially sustainable.

In a free market of allowing for an opt-out of public education, education wouldn’t be this expensive, just as food and basic shelter isn’t expensive enough for the vast majority of people in the Western world.

The claim is made that education is a public benefit and therefore the public should pay for public education, regardless of how many children one has who attend public school. Indeed education is a public benefit, but how are families incapable of providing that benefit to their own children, through private means?

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