UPDATED — The Freedom Party of Ontario has been releasing election planks since October 2010 in advance of the 2011 provincial election. It has just issued a media release along with a supporting video advertisement that highlights the promises a permanent end to racially-based schools such as the ‘Africentric’ public school opened by the Toronto School Board in 2009.
This is a news release from the party…
Toronto’s Africentric School Dealt a Blow in New Election Ad
Freedom Party’s “Two Alis” ad takes a swing at McGuinty and Hudak
January 25, 2011 Toronto – In September of 2009, a taxpayer-funded “Africentric” public school was opened in Toronto. A 2011 election plank issued today by Freedom Party of Ontario proposes that the school be closed, and that the law be changed to prevent Ontario school boards from opening such schools ever again.
The plank is being promoted with a new pre-election video advertisement that condemns Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty and Progressive Conservative opposition leader Tim Hudak for doing nothing to prevent taxpayer funding of Toronto’s race-based public school.
“Dalton McGuinty feigned concern about the opening of a race-based school, but refused to take any steps to prevent Toronto’s Africentric school from being opened” says Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever. “Tim Hudak – who continued to champion taxpayer funding for faith-based education even after his party’s 2007 election loss – did not oppose the opening of the race-based school.
“Children should not be taught that ones genetic make-up determines ones potential, values, or heroes. Ontario schools should be colour blind.
“A Freedom government will do what neither Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals nor Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives will do. A Freedom government will permanently eliminate race-based public schools and change the law so that no school board will have the authority to open one ever again.
One race: the human race. That’s Freedom Party’s stand.”
For further details, contact:
Paul McKeever, Leader – Freedom Party of Ontario
Freedom Party has been releasing 2011 election planks since early October. A complete list of the planks released so far can be viewed here. Freedom Party has also released a number of pre-election video ads to promote its planks. They all can be viewed on Freedom Party’s youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/fpontario .
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Paul McKeever was interviewed on CFRB regarding the Freedom Party of Ontario’s position on race-based education:
As a fierce opponent of race-based policing in Ontario I cannot help but applaud any political party willing to take a stand against racially-driven government services. I remember watching news of the decision by the Toronto School Board to segregate students by race (what ever happened to the ‘diversity’ argument) and wondering if Dr. King was rolling in his grave. By that time I had been involved in Caledonia for over two years, doing my best – along with people like Gary McHale – to apply King’s inspiring teachings to our own struggle in Caledonia.
- VoiceofCanada feature: Lessons from Dr. King
- Mark Vandermaas speech: Lessons from Dr. King and the Little Rock Nine (given at May 24/09 Flag Raising protest, Caledonia Lions Park, published by Regional News)
The disgrace of the creation of the first Black segregated school in Canada seemed to me the very antithesis of everything for which Dr. King gave his life, its existence an obscene insult to his magnificent vision that all human beings would one day enjoy the right to be judged by the “content of their character.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
“This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, excerpt from ‘I Have a Dream‘ speech, Washington D.C., Aug 28/63
- see also: VoiceofCanada, Jan 19/09: “Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
- see also: Stanford University, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, explanatory annotations to Dr. King’s ‘April 16/63 ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’
Supreme Court’s Decision of 1954
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). Brown is a landmark ruling of the United States Supreme Court which overturned Plessy v. Ferguson(1896). Brown made clear that the establishment of separate public schools for black and white students was inherently unequal. The Warren Court handed down a (9-0) decision that made racial segregation a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This legal victory, spearheaded by the NAACP, paved the way for the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 60s.
- see also: FindLaw.com: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) (decision)
- see also: Wikipedia.org: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) (background)
Mark Vandermaas, Editor