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John TurmelIn the second hour of the September 2, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed two of the six candidates in the September 6 Kitchener-Waterloo byelection who were excluded from the corporate-controlled forums that were open to the public.

Invitations were sent by email to all six candidates — four responded, one didn’t confirm, and another — Libertarian Party candidate Allan Dettweiler — graciously yielded his spot to the others, since I had previously interviewed him for an entire hour.

Accordingly, I interviewed John Turmel, leader of the Pauper Party of Ontario, and Liz Rowley, leader of the Communist Party of Ontario.

Turmel gave an exposition of successful, non-parasitic monetary systems (until the banksters instigated to ruin them), and explained how governments can address their debt woes by issuing bonds to their employees for the payment of taxes and government-administered services, like Argentina did from 2001-2006.

He also pointed out that inflation actually decreased when these bonds were issued, since they weren’t parasitic — like the bonds and gold issued by banks — which is contrary to the standard “alternative” line that an increase in the money supply necessarily results in price inflation.

Then, I talked with Liz Rowley, who champions the inclusion of all eligible candidates in election forums that are open to the public.

In the first hour, I covered the following articles:

1) A proposal that anti-nuclear activists and free market advocates can support

2) Still think paying your income taxes is voluntary?

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Kitchener—Waterloo (provincial electoral district)The Kitchener-Waterloo byelection candidate forum planned for Monday, August 27, 2012 will only be including four of the 10 declared candidates, according to the Waterloo Region Record.

The organizers have seen fit not to invite the following eligible candidates, in alphabetical order:

– Garnet Bruce (Independent)
– Kevin Clarke (The People)
– Allan Dettweiler (Ontario Libertarian Party)
– David Driver (Freedom Party of Ontario)
– Elizabeth Rowley (Communist)
– John Turmel (Paupers)

I made the following comments on therecord.com:

Leaders visit K-W riding today

Given that the winner will replace a 20+-year representative of the riding, why are the other 6 candidates good enough to appear on our ballot but not in a single two-hour forum?

Kitchener-Waterloo byelection candidate forum planned Monday

GrandRiverJoe, Tim Hudak was in the PC government that left the province with a $5.6 billion deficit in 2003, despite claiming up until the election that they would balance the budget. In the 2011 election, Hudak was promising an 8% HST tax cut on hydro bills without explaining how he would cover the revenue loss.

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Allan DettweilerOntario Libertarian Party candidate for the September 6, 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo byelection, Allan Dettweiler, is scheduled to be on Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, August 19 at 1 PM Eastern.

I first wrote about him in my August 11 article, Corporate Feudalist media omits alternative voting options in September 6, 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo byelection, after I had discovered that the Waterloo Region Record had omitted him in a list of candidates, despite a press release from the party the day before an article.

Was the Record really unaware of him, or are they less capable of basic research than me?

A subsequent omission of him in another article that day shows it was no accident.

In fact, the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce deliberately didn’t invite an independent candidate and Ontario Freedom Party candidate in the 2011 election, and their plan is to exclude Dettweiler from the debate in this byelection.

Why are these organizations so intent on keeping their readers and viewers from finding out about him and his libertarian principles?

Is it because he might point out, as I did, Waterloo City Council’s mixed message on property rights? Under the Canadian Constitution, the provincial governments have exclusive jurisdiction over property, and an act of the Ontario Parliament could put a stop to the redistributive policies being floated by the Council.

Or is it because he might point out, as I did, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s KW byelection hypocrisy?

They know that the so-called four major party candidates won’t bring up these embarrassing issues.

For an uncensored discussion of issues relevant to Kitchener-Waterloo residents and other freedom-loving individuals, tune in to my show on August 19 at 1 PM Eastern.

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English: Tim Hudak.

From the August 14, 2012 Waterloo Region Record article, PCs to take ‘nothing for granted’ in byelection fight: Hudak, Ontario PC Party leader Tim Hudak said:

Every time we pay and use those important tax dollars that go to interest on our debt, it’s taking critical dollars away from the front lines we want to move forward in health care and education.

Did he forget that it was his party that ran up a $5.6 billion deficit and handed out extra millions in interest payments to bankers, despite claiming they would balance the budget?

It’s yet more rhetoric from a typical big party politician, and why I won’t be voting for any of them this time around either.

Previously, I wrote the 2011 article, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s promises shows he’s a shameless opportunist.

And just because a party has freedom in its name doesn’t mean I’ll vote for it, as I demonstrated with my article, Why I’m not voting for the Ontario Freedom Party in this 2011 provincial election.

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Ontario Libertarian Party

Ontario Libertarian Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On July 16, 2012, I wrote the article, The mass media’s cynical portrayal of an organized political protest, about the Waterloo Region Record downplaying a successful organized political protest.

This time, from their August 10, 2012 article, Kitchener-Waterloo gears up for byelection, they omitted alternative voting options.

Local candidates vying for the job include Progressive Conservative Tracey Weiler, Green party candidate Stacey Danckert, Liberal Eric Davis and New Democratic Party candidate Catherine Fife.

No mention was made, for instance, of Ontario Libertarian Party candidate, Allan R. Dettweiler. I found an August 9 announcement on the party site that they had a candidate for the riding, and even saw a personal statement from the candidate, directly addressing the byelection.

I contacted the reporter of this story to inform her that there was another candidate in the race, whom she omitted, and that he should be mentioned.

The main argument that the Corporate Feudalist media uses in omitting reference to parties such as the Libertarian Party is that they are incapable of forming government. However, I pointed out that since it’s a byelection, and given the current electoral representation, the election of only two candidates can affect which party will be the governing party, and the Libertarian party candidate is just as relevant as the other two of four candidates who were listed.

As far as voting goes, I don’t vote for a party just because they claim to be libertarian or pro-freedom, as I demonstrated with my article, Why I’m not voting for the Ontario Freedom Party in this 2011 provincial election.

For more on why I include the Record in my designation of “Corporate Feudalist media”, listen to my interview with Dennis Marker, author of Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism: How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Itself.

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