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I have extended interview invitations to the Ontario Libertarian Party candidates in Kitchener-Waterloo, and here is my 20-minute interview with Patrick Bernier, OLP candidate in Kitchener Centre. You can listen to the audio here.

We talk about the OLP’s plans for empowering individuals and not government, with regard to health care and education, which are always big issues, provincially, and locally as well.

We talk about the unaffordable $11,189 2012-2013 Ontario per student grant for the public education system, and student-driven alternative options that would be more effective.

For health care, we discussed patient-focused care, and ways to improve efficiencies and drive costs down to the level of other countries with better care.

Recently, I conducted an in-depth interview with Ontario Libertarian Party leader Allen Small on March 20, 2014.

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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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Allen SmallOn the September 16, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed Allen Small, leader of the Ontario Libertarian Party.

We had an in-depth discussion on the following issues:

– How he came to a libertarian understanding of issues, starting from the 1960s and culminating with his eventual leadership of the Ontario Libertarian Party in 2011
– Why the Libertarian Party of Ontario is “the party of choice”
– His informative experience with teaching in both the public and private school systems
– Ontario’s increasing nanny state
– How Canada shares an interesting distinction with North Korea and Cuba in being the only countries to prohibit its residents from paying out of their own pockets for primary health care
– Why the current government-monopolized health care system in Ontario has failed its residents, and what remedies exist

And in the second hour, I covered my article about an interestingly-timed article on an Islamic Centre, and talked about suspect claims and figures within the 9/11 Truth Movement.

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Branding image of the Government of Ontario, s...

From the September 11, 2012 Moneyville.ca article, Tuition fees rising faster than incomes and inflation, report warns:

For instance, the proportion of provincial support as a percentage of total university expenditures has declined from 84 per cent to 58 per cent between 1979 and 2009, while tuition has increased from 12 per cent to 35 per cent in that time, the report states.

During the past three decades, three parties have held the reins of government in Ontario: the Progressive Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, Progressive Conservatives, and Liberals.

Whatever your position is regarding government-mandated taxpayer support for post-secondary education, the one thing that is clear from this report is that there has been a deliberate policy of every Ontario party since 1979 to progressively transfer the cost of post-secondary education from taxpayers to students.

As discussed in my interview with Dennis Marker, the author of Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism: How the Rich Convinced the Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves, there has been a deliberate plan to restructure society, and the educational system is a big part of that.

While I think a strong case can be made for government having no involvement in the provision of education, the fact that other libertarian-oriented principles haven’t been adopted by successive Ontario governments during this time period is an indication to me of a deliberate policy to destroy the institutions and policies that had led to the strong and prosperous middle class that existed in the 1980s.

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President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett in t...

I didn’t have as much patience as some did, and tuned out near the beginning when he talked about spending money to hire teachers and police officers, and instructed the States that they need to make high school mandatory until age 18.

Here in Canada, our Prime Minister wouldn’t dare get involved in the provincial issue of education to the degree Obama did.

He indirectly brought up Warren Buffett, who pays a lower effective tax rate that his secretary. I wrote an article in 2010 about Buffett’s three major inconsistencies. He said derivatives are weapons of financial mass destruction, yet subjected his shareholders to billions in losses from them, he said you shouldn’t buy banks, since they can cook their books 10 ways from Sunday, yet he bought a big share in Goldman Sachs and then Bank of America, and he said not to invest in capital-intensive businesses, only to make his largest-ever investment in a highly capital-intensive railroad.

Since then, Buffett has claimed that making Tim Geithner the Treasury Secretary was an excellent decision, and that Bernanke did a great job since the 2008 financial collapse, and deserved his reappointment.

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Bald Eagle

Despite the United States being founded as a limited government whose powers are “few and defined,” you wouldn’t know it by comparing it to Canada’s federal government in 2011.

It’s part of the reason why the conservative Heritage Foundation has ranked Canada as more economically free than the U.S. in 2010 and 2011.

If you still think Canada is more socialist than the United States, the joke’s on you, and here are some of the reasons why.

Unlike the U.S., Canada has:

  • No federal welfare program for individuals
  • No federal equivalent to Medicaid
  • No federal food stamps program
  • No federal department of education
  • No federal school lunch program
  • No federal department of housing and urban development
  • No national securities regulator
  • No federal police force in every province

This, despite the U.S. Constitution reserving all undelegated powers to the States and the people, respectively, while Canada’s Constitution reserves those powers to the federal government, showing that a constitution is ultimately as good as you make it.

Who’s socialist now?

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I noticed the online course registration system for my alma mater revealingly refers to your “shopping cart” when you add courses to your schedule. That wasn’t the case earlier in the decade when they had a different online system.

The new lingo is closer to the truth. Since I first started there, until now, the individual course fee has increased by 54% for regulated programs, and a whopping 170% for deregulated programs, whereas core inflation over the same period was 27%. Indeed, you should shop around, to get the best value for your education dollar — especially these days with those prices.

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