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The speakers’ list has been released for the third annual Liberty Now event in Toronto, November 1, 2014, which includes speakers from the Canadian Constitution Foundation and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Adult tickets are available online for $30, $20 for students and $40 at the door.

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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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Canada has held its sixth place ranking out of 178 ranked countries in the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, with an overall score of 80.2 in the free category, with the U.S. dropping to 12th place, with an overall score of 75.5 in the mostly free category.

Canada exceeds the United States in 8 out of 10 components of economic freedom, being surpassed only in government spending and labor freedom:

Canada vs. the United States
Property Rights 90.0 vs. 80.0
Freedom From Corruption 87.7 vs. 72.0
Government Spending 47.3 vs. 48.1
Fiscal Freedom 79.7 vs. 65.8
Business Freedom 89.3 vs. 89.2
Labor Freedom 83.1 vs. 97.2
Monetary Freedom 76.3 vs. 75.4
Trade Freedom 88.3 vs. 86.8
Investment Freedom 80.0 vs. 70.0
Financial Freedom 80.0 vs. 70.0

For more on these rankings, see my past articles:

1) Will the United States fall off the top 10 list of most economically free countries, according to the Heritage Foundation?

2) Canada more economically free than the United States for fourth year in a row: Heritage Foundation

3) Once founded as a limited government whose powers are “few and defined”, the United States federal government is more centralized and expansive than Canada’s

4) Still think Canada is more socialist than the United States? — The joke’s on you?

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Jeff RenseIn his first 2014 broadcast on January 2, 2014, Jeff Rense is already fear mongering with these two claims at the start of his show:

There is a lot of talk — rumbles from sources I have, that are very trusted — who are suggesting that there may be another 9/11-type false flag in this country, this year, but much worse than 9/11. In other words, a much larger loss of life; perhaps a suitcase, or an alleged suitcase nuke, in a small, expendable, medium-sized city that will scare America absolutely irrevocably and firmly and finally into the arms of the Satanic evil that is running this planet.

and

They may be willing to pull the ET trump card out finally and play it. This of course was predicted by Wernher von Braun.

There you have it, folks — as long as he says he has it on the authority of “trusted sources”, it’s worth mentioning on his show, and you should take it as a distinct possibility. Given these extraordinary claims, where is the corresponding extraordinary evidence?

Not that they won’t eventually set off a dirty bomb or nuke somewhere, but why can’t we hear from these sources? Hype, fear and unnamed sources is what we’re accustomed to hearing from the mass media, so how is Rense offering an alternative?

Regrettably, this is all too common in today’s “alternative” media.

For more on Jeff Rense, see my article, Jeff Rense falls into the Money Power’s trap by attacking Bernanke’s statements about a gold standard.

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Fluorescent and incandescent light bulb

The United States federal government is set to ban the sale of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs by January 1, 2012, while the Canadian federal government has delayed its ban until 2014.

The irony is that the government with no such authority is set to implement a ban before the government that does have such authority.

Another irony is that the U.S. federal government was founded as a limited government with “few and defined” powers, while the Canadian federal government was founded with many and expansive powers.

The implementation delay provides a great opportunity for a leader to step forward to rally Canadians to retain their own decision-making power of how to light their homes, as Howard Brandston discussed on his illuminating appearance on The Sunday Edition on October 2, 2011.

Former B.C. Premier Bill vander Zalm provided decisive leadership in rallying B.C. voters to overwhelmingly reject the imposition of the so-called Harmonized Sales Tax in their province, and Sharon Noble of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters is leading the effort for British Columbians to retain their choice of hydro meters, which Ontarians have lost, and are paying dearly for it, with a price increase shortly after the October 2011 election.

What mass media commentators won’t tell you — but I will — is that these government-enforced incandescent light bulb bans are part of a global plan to implement Agenda 21. Agenda 21 is the plan for the 21st century of wealth redistribution “within nations and among nations,” as expressed in the Earth Charter, and not about saving the planet from alleged man-made global warming, as veteran Canadian climatologist, Dr. Tim Ball, points out is unproven.

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According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook Database, October 2009, NAFTA (United States., Canada, Mexico) regained the distinction of being the largest trading bloc in the world for 2009 by nominal and PPP GDP, and is projected to stay that way until at least 2014.

NAFTA: $16.451 trillion USD by nominal GDP and $17.279 trillion USD by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)
EU: $16.190 trillion USD by nominal GDP and $14.851 trillion USD by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)

This, despite the EU having a larger estimated population in July 2009 of 491,582,852 with the NAFTA-member countries at a population of 451,911,120.

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Several sources, including this one, indicate that Michael Moore has a net worth of over $50 million.

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, CNN had an encore presentation of a recent interview with Michael Moore on Larry King Live. In it, Moore said:

‘No money in Switzerland. I don’t own a share of stock. I have no money in the stock market. My money is in pretty much a savings account and savings bonds, those kinds of things. But –”

Savings accounts and savings bonds are currently only insured up to “$250,000 per deposit, per insured bank,” up until December 31, 2013, at which point it will decrease to $100,000.

Either Michael Moore is foolish, has additional private insurance, or has most of his money distributed over 200+ banks. If it’s the latter, then by January 1, 2014, he’ll have to distribute his money over 500+ banks. If he’s foolish, then he can kiss most of his money goodbye if there is a repeat of the 5000+ bank failures from 1929-1932.

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