Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Freedom Party running candidates in three Ontario byelections

Three byelections will be held tomorrow, March 30th, to seat three representatives in the Ontario legislature. Ontario's governing Liberal party is currently overseeing a province that in three years has seen higher taxes, increased spending and public debt, deteriorating public services like health care, unnecessary and politically-motivated regulatory intrusions into people's private lives and property, and looming energy shortages during its administration. In the past three years, the provincial Liberal government has shored up its support by placating piecemeal-fashion various special interests and, in a neverending performance, has deferred responsibility for its shortcomings and failures to federal and previous provincial administrations. Worse, the other two "major" parties, the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats, promise only cosmetic differences in their approach to government — slapping a new label on an old, past-date product.

There is one party in Ontario that advocates a new direction and approach to government — the Freedom Party of Ontario. The Freedom Party is the only party to have released its 2007 election platform — its principles do not change with shifting political winds. More importantly, however, the Freedom Party is the only party working to reduce the scope of Ontario's government and increase the opportunity for individuals to govern their own lives. Voters in tomorrow's byelections may wish to consider the candidates of the Freedom Party of Ontario who are running in the three ridings: leader Paul McKeever in Whitby-Ajax, Franz Cauchi in Toronto-Danforth, and Jurgen Vollrath in Nepean-Carleton.

The Freedom Party's platform includes these three planks that are the main focus of the byelection campaigns:

SCRAP ONTARIO’S INCOME TAX

An income tax functions as a punishment for doing good: a fine for working and earning. Ontario’s income tax is even worse: in Ontario, when you earn more, you are required to pay a higher percentage of your earnings to the government. It is a tax that punishes you for increasing your productivity and growing the economy. That is not only wrong: it is also bad economics.

LEGALIZE BETTER HEALTH CARE

  1. legalize private health care insurance;
  2. in compliance with the Canada Health Act, continue to offern non-profit public health insurance that is publicly-administered, comprehensive in its coverage, available on uniform terms and conditions, portable, and accessible;
  3. make no requirement to purchase either public or private health insurance;
  4. end the current practice of dividing physicians and other medical professionals into public and private systems — physicians will be free to serve publicly-insured patients, privately-insured patients, and pay-as-you-go patients;
  5. legalize non-profit or for-profit health care facilities (e.g., clinics that specialize in diagnostic measures, such as MRI and CT scans; nursing or paramedical facilities that can carry out simple procedures at low cost).
SCRAP PROPERTY TAXES
  1. scrap Ontario’s taxation of property;
  2. convert Ontario’s PST into a broader-based value-added tax, and lower the PST rate as necessary to make the conversion revenue-neutral;
  3. give to each and every Ontario municipality the discretion to add a municipal premium to the PST within its respective geographic borders.

2 comments:

rhebner said...

Along with 75 other residents of Nepean-Carleton, I cast my vote for the Freedom Party. First time ever I've voted anything other than Tory/Reform/Alliance.

It's probably just whistling in the dark, but I felt better for it.

Ayn Steyn said...

It's too bad that principles aren't popular here in Canada.