Posts Tagged ‘candidate’

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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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 DettweilerThe corporate-controlled media won’t give him an equal platform with the other four declared candidates in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, so Jason Erb did, with his August 19, 2012 interview of Ontario Libertarian Party candidate, Allan Dettweiler, on the August 19, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism.

The following issues were discussed:

  •  The three most important issues for Kitchener-Waterloo residents, which he identified as health care, education and jobs.
  • How residents and health care professionals can be empowered with proposals like allowing for individuals to pay for their primary health care, which every other country in the world allows except for Cuba and North Korea, given that the current system has failed, with the specific examples of a near-closing of a major hospital’s emergency room despite a government-mandated health care premium, and local residents having to buy an MRI machine with private funds.
  • How the Ontario Libertarian Party’s educational voucher proposal would increase educational options for parents and their children, and could be a solution to the divisive religious schools funding issue that the major parties have failed to redress.
  • The proper role of government.
  • Respecting the constitutional division of powers between the federal and provincial governments, which maximizes personal freedom, as I had touched on in my article, Two major factors that keep Canada’s federal government on a tighter leash than that of the United States.
  • Free trade deals and tariffs.
  • Whether the provincial legislature should bar municipal governments, like Waterloo’s, from redistributing private property, as I had discussed in my article, Waterloo City Council’s mixed message on property rights.
  • The frequency of municipal elections — every two, three or four years?

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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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P questionThe question you should ask any political candidate seeking your vote, in order to determine whether they’re qualified is:

“What is the purpose of government?”

17 years ago, I would’ve answered that question by saying it’s to maximize the greater good. However, that allows for harm to be done to some, though I had it in mind that it would be minimized to the greatest extent possible.

Today, I answer that question a very different way, and won’t vote for a candidate who would answer it any other way than:

“To protect individual rights.”

If he/she is sincere in his response, you can feel more comfortable that when given power, he is less likely to infringe upon your individual rights with the justification that it is serving the greater good.

As a corollary, the only legitimate infringement upon an individual right is in the course of necessarily protecting other individual rights. An example is when your right to freedom of peaceful association is infringed upon (by detaining you) if you violate the individual rights of others.

A local example I have spoken out on is a Canadian federal agency’s award of $5.8 million for video game research at the University of Waterloo.

The justification has been given that it serves the greater good, but that is small comfort to the security guard I know who was laid off from his $25+ an hour manufacturing job in 2006 and is now only making $11 an hour, or to the person I know who was laid off from a company after they went bankrupt and still owe him over $2000 in pay for services rendered.

While I appreciate the same good intentions of those who justify government action in the interests of what they regard as the greater good, just as I used to, it is indeed a slippery slope, and can lead to a vicious tyranny of the majority, with 50%+1 subjugating the “minority.”

It is so commonplace these days for government to forcibly take the earnings of some in order to redistribute it for the overwhelming benefit of others, but what specifically led me to speak out on this redistribution is the outrageous nature of forcibly taking the hard-earned wages of people I know who can scarcely afford it in order to pay for something as comparatively inconsequential as video game research, which can easily be voluntarily funded solely by the lucrative private sector video game industry and individual private donations.

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Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Senator Rand Paul’s June 7, 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney for President in 2012 came as no surprise to me, as I predicted as far back as 2009 that he wouldn’t be a constitutional candidate for the U.S. Senate, and my unpopular prediction was further vindicated with this endorsement, so why are so many others surprised by his decision?

On December 31, 2010, I wrote the article, The U.S. Senate regularly violates the law, about my shocking discovery that U.S. Senators were regularly conducting business and passing legislation without the constitutionally mandated quorum of a majority of Senators in order to conduct business.

In it, I responded with a January 9, 2011 comment about my assessment of Senator Rand Paul:

If Rand doesn’t know about that requirement and his duty regarding it, then he’s already no constitutional candidate in my books.

I stopped regarding him as a constitutional candidate once he came out with this November 2009 press release:


“Foreign terrorists do not deserve the protections of our Constitution,” said Dr. Paul. “These thugs should stand before military tribunals and be kept off American soil. I will always fight to keep Kentucky safe and that starts with cracking down on our enemies.”

If you read his words carefully, there is the possibility that it was a clever attempt to fool “law and order” conservatives into voting for him, so long as he has accepted being a one-term Senator in actually standing for the Constitution in this matter.

However, I suspect he meant it the way I first read it, whereby he regards the Constitution and Bill of Rights irrelevant to foreign “terrorists,” despite the Constitution being a contract between the people and their government, which defined the government’s powers and limits, including its dealings with foreigners.

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Ballot box

After the last federal election, the defeated incumbent candidate in my riding had a deceptive slogan on his website calling for voters to “Re-elect” him, a full year after his defeat.

I noticed this morning that his campaign signs say, “Elect” and his website says, “Vote [for].” Funny how he changed his deceptive slogan, giving the impression he was the incumbent candidate, ever since he became a registered candidate after his defeat.

There are legal requirements regarding claims made on all election-related material, which is why I suspect the deceptive material was changed.

Thanks to archive.org, my recollection was reaffirmed showing the deceptive slogan on February 11, 2009.

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