Posts Tagged ‘Kitchener-Waterloo’

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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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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Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007)

On May 25, 2012 the federal government agency, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, announced $5.8 million in federal funding for video game research at the University of Waterloo over the next seven years.

I personally know a resident of Kitchener-Waterloo who is a former employee of the BF Goodrich plant in Kitchener and made over $25 an hour until he was laid off around 2006 and is now only making $11 an hour as a security guard. His wife was unemployed the last time I heard earlier this year despite being a registered nurse and able to work if only union rules and government regulations weren’t so tight.

Another person I know is a former employee of Piller’s, who used to make $18 an hour and has been unemployed this year after being laid off when Arnold Meat Packers went bankrupt and cheated him out of over $2000 in pay for work already rendered.

Given RIM’s troubles, there is word they plan to lay off more well paid employees locally.

It’s about priorities.

While the government announced the closure of several visa case processing centres on April 30 with the reason of cost savings, it prioritizes video games over uniting overseas spouses from many countries with their Canadian spouses, including those whose applications were being processed by the former embassy in Damascus, Syria, where the 80% waiting time rose from 9 months to 14-17 months from 2011 to 2012, despite the four months of available processing time at other embassies since the Embassy closed at the end of January 2012.

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