The article starts off by applauding the technical organization of the debate but incorrectly says that only three candidates showed up. In fact, only four candidates were invited - the Freedom Party was not. I registered as a candidate about a week after the election campaign started and then immediately contacted the debate organizers. They had already determined who would be invited and did not wish to have other participants. While I expressed my reasons why I thought my participation would provide positions very different from all the others, they politely declined and since I totally respect their rights to hold a peaceful event, invite whoever they wish and their freedom to exclude any people or opinions from their event, I attended the event as a spectator only. I found the discussion uniform and a sad comment on the state of our culture.
I was invited and did participate in a debate in Beacon Hill and at Samuel Genest High School (in French and for students only). In these I consciously avoided attacking the individual representatives of the other parties (who I believe to be mostly good but misguided) and the often awful platforms they held and instead made statements demonstrating the correct principles of a civil society, pointed out the moral and economic flaws of several existing widely adopted and even popular policies and explained why all my answers to questions were unified and consistent with those correct principles.
The PC, Liberal, NDP and Green parties do not share my respect for individual rights, as demonstrated clearly by their long standing actions in government and their election platforms that restrict many freedoms and infringe many rights of Ontario citizens. Ontario has been sliding into greater government power, more central command of our economic activity and a progressive violation of our human rights for many decades, accelerating in recent years. This is a predictable pattern as the errors and damages caused by central planning and the elimination of millions of minds from decisions compounds on itself. When a government makes a rule, one relating to wage controls for example, it deliberately prevents people from rational consideration of all options, blocks freedom to negotiate and find agreement and replaces it by the opinions, wishes and whims of whatever group holds the reins of political power. It says "obey me or face the wrath of the people with guns I have in my control." It is precisely this type of power that inevitably must corrupt those who hold it, even relatively benignly.
The article refers to the three speakers as inhabiting the same part of the political spectrum. In fact, even the absent PC party (which sometimes makes statements sounding like it values true freedom) has more ideas in common with the other three than it does with the Freedom Party. Whereas all four of them agree on fundamental socialist principles and differ only in degree or style of implementation, the Freedom Party holds completely to the principles required for a sustainable, peaceful and stable society of rational and free people - one where the purpose of government is to clearly define and strongly protect your rights to life, liberty and property and takes no action except for these purposes. We believe government is essential for a civil society but in contrast to the four parties mentioned we believe it violates its most sacred trust when it uses force to override the will of a citizen acting in the peaceful pursuit of his or her goals in life. In start contrast to the others, we believe that all economic and other exchange of values is properly done only by the consent of both parties.
I see the big three as the parties of Kathleen Horvath, Doug Wynne and Andrea Ford. I dare you to find an area where they differ on a matter of fundamental principle. I particularly note that the explicit policy of the other parties is to use physical force and the threat of it to sacrifice the rights, reasoning, choice and thus important parts of the lives of some citizens in order to supposedly benefit others. Of the three speakers present, the NDP candidate was the most strident and explicit about this - speaking eloquently with the passion of a consistent follower of Marx and Kant. The world is already full of examples of the human and societal terminus of these ideas and it has always been destruction. Unfortunately, these are the dominant ideas in our culture today and unless radical changes are made, we will see a continuation of cultural decline.
Ottawa-Vanier Freedom Party of Ontario Candidate