Thursday, January 25, 2007

Freedom Party of Ontario Media Release:

January 25, 2007, Burlington, Markham & Toronto - Freedom Party today confirmed that it will be bringing its "Lower Taxes, a Better Life" campaign to voters in all three Ontario by-elections to be held on February 8, 2007.
To which I will add that in almost four years of government by the Liberal Party, Ontario 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.

The alternative for voters is the Freedom Party of Ontario, the only party working to reduce the scope of Ontario's government and increase the opportunity for individuals to govern their own lives. The Freedom Party is running the following three candidates in the upcoming byelections:
  • Barry Spruce: Burlington
  • Cathy McKeever: Markham
  • Wayne Simmons: York South-Weston
The Freedom Party's platform includes these three key planks:
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.

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