great men of truth

I have observed some wanting a platform grid for comparing Brampton’s electoral candidates. This may be helpful in judging candidates positions but there is an easier way.

Let us take a look at some specific and generalized truths.

Value is central to our lives. This general principle is so assumed in our daily living that it is pretty much taken for granted.

People pursue values. People go shopping, purchase vehicles, seek better jobs, good pay or good salary. We even pursue the best ideas we can find. Value pursuit is everywhere we look! Attaining values are rewarding and life enhancing. Value pursuit is also necessary, and moral in the pursuit of the greatest value of all: our own life.

What then would be the greatest societal value, i.e., political value in this relation? The greatest value would be that which leaves us free to pursue our lives how we wish.

Freedom allows the greatest choice and ability in pursuit of personal, life–giving values. The condition is of course we live in a rational culture wherein we respect others right to do the same. To bring this home, Canada’s constitution states, s. 7. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof…”

“Right to life”, “Right to liberty”, and “Security of the person” have been honed for centuries by men who loved truth and encoded these general principles in law for us to personally benefit.

A candidates ideas can therefore be compared to political freedom it has or has not integrated in its platform. We can ask, does the platform and idea promote freedom? How? How not? Will the platform burden us and future generations with involuntary servitude and greater taxes? Will a candidates idea impose greater restrictions? Or enable greater choice? Will our personal dreams be free to flourish? Will our personal savings be drained or be under attack? Will this candidate endanger our personal security? Or will our personal lives and future be respected? Will our right to life be expanded? In what way?

As a concrete example, Brampton’s public LRT proposal is against this abstract, important idea of freedom. The proposal supposedly addresses traffic congestion but quickly loses plausibility when examined against the rights and reality of freedom.

Has the question been asked why we have congestion in the first place? You cannot blame the market. A market does not allow for congestion between supply and demand. A free market price system ensures flow, especially when free people are generally problem solvers.

Political controls. Political restrictions. Political leaders pretending to be market drivers are today’s recessionary bottle neck—and cause of congestion. The solution therefore should be geared towards political freedom, not public transportation and enslaving taxes. Brampton’s economy must be freed to develop value, not driven to bankruptcy.

Freedom is the political standard and guide for deciding which candidate to support. It isn’t easy to adhere to freedom, especially when serious problems exist, but our lives and future depends on it.


Ted Harlson at Brampton’s tax pit. The beginning of the City Hall expansion.
Member Freedom Party of Ontario

Low Blow and response

In response to a low blow accusing Bramptonians of racism, I submitted the following to the Brampton Guardians September 3, 2014 article.

Richard Graff’s, “In Defence of the Mayor” was an uncalled for, unjustified low blow packaging race with, “old Brampton.”

This is an insult to Canadians as well as new Canadians, assuming they have no idea of individual and property rights, but are collective by nature. This racial view is compounded as Richard forwards race politics as a desperate measure against obvious discontent with Brampton’s current regime. Citizens of Brampton should not accept this unearned guilt designed to intimidate and silence.

A real issue is Brampton’s extraordinary high cost of living which politicians at all levels have burdened Brampton with, even as they wash their hands of debt. All tax-payers have had enough!

Better solutions exist than an LRT which promises to add millions more to our already tax forced personal lives.

– Ted Harlson

Looking Past Brampton’s Spending Scandal

August 2014

The current attack on Mayor Susan Fennell will result in greater taxes, and greater authoritarian rule in Brampton without good replacements.

Embedded in the Canadian psyche, especially the highly educated is this: Whenever a problem or crises emerges, the government must, “Do something.” The actions of Brampton’s Mayor and Council may need to be restricted from arbitrariness, yet will this further reinforce the notion that all solutions emanate from government? This depends on if citizens want better.

The Toronto Star is focusing on Susan Fennell’s personal spending scandals. This concentration, motivated or not, diverts attention from deeper problems like extremely high taxes promised, expensive premiums, overly high costs of commodities, and whether Brampton even wants an LRT or not. And I haven’t even mentioned the systemic problems like violations of individual and property rights.

With Susan Fennell gone, will a next Mayor and Council actually reduce taxes by eliminating self-appointed responsibilities? Will Council, elected new or not, stand up against massive new spending schemes of the Province? Can Brampton free itself from crippling government growth and meddling’s?

When was the last time you heard a politician (besides the Freedom Party) speak of freedom and mean it? Instead we live in a permit society.

What’s horrifying is today’s youth have zero concept of freedom and what it means. Remaining freedoms we have may well die with our remaining veterans. Today’s military battles are not defending our values, certainly not about defending our freedom and security, but about feeding the world, and pretending they want to work and produce capital instead of fight.

The basic political crises we face here in Brampton is, will we have freedom or controls? In the coming October municipal elections, do extensive research, vote for freedom and you will have taken steps towards getting it.

Ward 3,4 candidate potentials

I have seriously looked over all the candidates in my ward 3,4 for awhile now. Unless I missed anything, or have not dug deep enough, there is not any candidate that has shown any substance for the future beyond rhetoric and platitudes except one. (I’m just referring to Ward 3,4) Some of the candidates have excellent professional careers and have accomplished a lot in their respective areas so new candidates may well have a difficult time as challengers.
However the political careers of these incumbents and their great accomplishments are precisely what has brought Brampton to the deplorable cultural and economic state we are in now.
In other words, these career politicians, as sweet and chummy as their sunshine club is, have, despite their bromides, long neglected what was (and is) necessary for the future growth of this city.
The immense gap between public and private incomes openly displays the direction these official clubbers have driven on the backs of tax-payers. Brampton’s “middle class” has clearly been run over by Brampton’s bureaucratic elite.
Here is my observation.
There are too many volunteer positions by councilors, spread over too wide an area. The delightful “impression” these politicians give towards volunteering work goes perfectly hand in hand with their vague generalities. If one looks closely, city councilors for the most part are not focused on one area of expertise. For example, there are multitudes of non-profit organizations and business over-lapping and merging. This crowded over emphasis on community spirit and “networking” neglects the time needed for serious problems that exist.
Pilfering of Brampton’s most broad based producers (middle income earners) has been accomplished by a steady, unwavering growth of non-profit blood sucking. Brampton’s citizens virtues of generosity and kindness has been used against them even as individual independence has been dissolved into networks of volunteerism and partnerships.
I believe volunteering is fine and one is free to volunteer provided it is true volunteer work. However, this has grown into a huge, lop-sided industry that is inter-meshed with the use of government force. Governments generous support of sacrificial ideas has tainted Brampton’s true morality of self sustained independence.
There is only one candidate in Ward 3, 4 I see that seems focused on solving Brampton’s serious problems. Michael Freeman is articulate, well capable and he has substance in his outlining where he wants to go, and what he wants to accomplish for Brampton. I don’t agree with his idea of the LRT since his platform of promoting an LRT (Light Rail Transit) goes against reducing taxes but…see for your self what this candidate has to say.

History of Brampton 1

Prior to the 1800s, all real business in Chinguacousy Township took place at Martin Salisbury’s tavern. One mile distant at the corner of Main and Queen streets, now the recognized centre of Brampton, William Buffy’s tavern was the only significant building. At the time, the area was referred to as “Buffy’s Corners”. By 1834, John Elliott laid out the area in lots for sale, calling it “Brampton,” which was soon adopted by others.

In 1853, a small agricultural fair was set up by the newly initiated County Agricultural Society of the County of Peel, and was held at the corner of Main and Queen streets. Grains, produce, roots, and dairy products were up for sale. Horses and cattle, along with other lesser livestock, were also sold at market. This agricultural fair eventually became the modern Brampton Fall Fair. In that same year Brampton was incorporated as a village.

By 1869, Brampton, with a population of 1800, was in the County Town of Peel in the Township of Chinguacousy. It was a Station of the Grand Trunk Railway. The County buildings were erected c. 1869 of freestone and white brick.

A federal grant allowed the village to found its first public library in 1887, which included 360 volumes from the Mechanic’s Institute (est 1858). In 1907, the library received a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, set up by United States steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, to build a new, expanded library; it serves several purposes, featuring the Brampton Library. The Carnegie libraries were built on the basis of communities coming up with matching funds and guaranteeing maintenance.

A group of regional farmers in Brampton had trouble getting insurance from city-based companies. After several meetings in Clairville Hall, they decided to found the County of Peel Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company. In 1955, when the company moved to its third and current location, 103 Queen Street West, it took the new name of Peel Mutual Insurance Company. It reigns as the longest-running company in modern Brampton. Harmsworth Decorating Centre was established in 1890, as Harmsworth and Son, operated out of the family’s house on Queen Street West. The current location was purchased on September 1, 1904, after a fire destroyed their original store. Purchased for $1,400, the 24 Main Street South location is the longest-operating retail business in what is now Brampton.