- Ric McIver elected Alderman to Calgary City Council in
PGIB managed campaign
- Ran candidates in Edmonton and Calgary for City Council
in the Alberta Civic elections
- Drew attention to Calgary Alderman David Bronconnier
& Bev Longstaff’s federal Liberal ties which resulted
in a loss for Bev Longstaff and a very weak percentage of
victory for David Bronconnier
- Our web site at www.pgib.ca had over 480,000 hits this
- Pushed our policies at the Canadian Alliance policy conference
- Pushed our policies at the Alberta Progressive Conservative
- Rob Anders Canadian Alliance Member of Parliament nomination
- Jon Lord’s Alberta Progressive Conservative nomination
- Jon Lord’s MLA victory in Calgary
- Helped elect MLA Gene Zwosdesky in Edmonton
- The release of The Long Horn Limo from Transport
- Stockwell Day Leadership victory
- Successfully stopped the graffiti fine on small business
- Created the Small Business Network Referral Clubs (SBNRC)
which have made millions of dollars for PGIB members
- Brought in a discount group car and home insurance plan
with Jones & Salt Insurance Brokerage
- Brought in a superb health & dental benefits plan
with Equinox Financial
- Helped some members find investment for their companies
- Opened discussion between Canadian Alliance members and
- Drew attention to the Liberals Human Resources billion
dollar boon-doggle with lawn signs and billboards in Jane
Stewart's federal riding in Brantford that read: "Hey Jane,
we do not know where the money is either!"
- Saved businesses in Calgary and Edmonton thousands of
dollars by removing graffiti free of charge
- Had our provincial pension plan adopted by the Alberta
government (still waiting for its implementation)
- Former National Press Secretary Nigel Ravenhill celebrates
a policy victory at the Alberta Legislature.
- Our Taxpayer protection Act was adopted by both Alberta
and Ontario governments
- Our Ontario affiliate the Canadian Citizens Alliance
was the inspiration for the Canadian Alliance name
- In Calgary, promoted our issues in the year 2000 municipal
by-election. PGIB Calgary Municipal Chairman Ric
McIver came a close second out of 13 candidates only losing
by under 300 votes.
- Launched our campaign for a Municipal Taxpayer Protection
Act so that municipalities could not raise taxes without
your approval at election time. This red and white attack
of lawn signs and billboards was noticed by all. The signs
read: "Stop City Hall! With a Taxpayer Protection Act!"
- Presented our petitions to the House of Commons against
the creation of a third category in health care that would
eliminate choice regarding vitamins and supplements in Canada.
- Opened the Canadian Leadership Institute, the first political
and small business-training institute in Canada, dedicated
to conservative business owners and conservative activists.
The CLI has already trained over 150 people.
- National President Craig Chandler holds up a sign used
in the 2001 Mayoral race for Calgary.The signs were part
of a PGIB campaign to inform voters of the Liberal backgrounds
of two mayoral candidates Dave Bronconnier and Bev Longstaff.
- In 1999, formed a coalition with Citizens Voice and drew
attention to the federal government infringing on choice
in Health Care relating to vitamins. Presented hundreds
of petitions to the House of Commons.
- In 1999, Alberta treasure adopted PGIB's flat tax concept
(without giving us any credit, of course).
- In 1999, supported Neil Wiltzen for leadership of the
new conservative alternative party in Alberta called the
Alberta First Party.
- In November 1999, at the Alberta First Party policy convention
all PGIB policies were proudly adopted.
- First group in Canada to put right to work in the forefront
- Obtained favourable ruling municipally in Ontario for
construction of Costco warehouse
- Got elimination of regional government on the ballot
in Burlington. Over 26,000 people voted in favour of PGIB
- Lobbied to get rid of photo radar in Ontario - successfully!
- Ran PGIB members in the 1993 Federal election, under
the Reform party banner.
- Ran/endorsed 24 candidates under the PGIB banner in the
1994 Ontario Municipal elections in Burlington, Oakville,
and Hamilton. Nine candidates were elected to City Hall,
Regional Government and the School Board levels of Government.
- Ran PGIB members in the 1995 Ontario Provincial election
under the Conservative banner.
- Nominated for several small business awards
- Contributed to the election of Mike Harris with his 'Common
Sense Revolution' - with PGIB policies.
- Freedom Party of Ontario, Ontarians for Responsible Government
and Voice of Canadians Committees adopted and promoted PGIB's
Right to Work platform
- Fought against and defeated Bill 167 in Ontario. PGIB
lobbied every MPP and ensured that the NO side showed up
in the legislature. We also sent 5,000 signatures to Queens
- We forced Sheila Copps' resignation over the GST and
erected our now famous Anti-Copps billboards against her
during the by-election. Unfortunately, She-Lied Copps was
re-elected. However, we took part in another campaign to
try to rid Canada of this problem in the 1997 election.
She-Lied Copps was stripped of her position as Deputy Prime
Minister and our group received the credit nation-wide.
Erected Anti-Copps billboard signs.
- Helped remove the socialist NDP out of office in Ontario.
- United 13 right wing organizations behind Mike Harris
to get him elected.
- Created an offshoot organization called Focus Federally
for Reform (FFFR). PGIB was largely responsible for the
Reform Party not expanding provincially in Ontario and splitting
the Right Wing vote.
- Ran the well known billboard campaign which helped Mike
Harris get elected. Our billboards stated: "Bob Mcleod and
Lyn Rae, we don't see a difference! Do you see a difference?
Haven't you had enough Socialism?"
- Woke up other taxpayer groups, business organizations
and Chamber's of Commerce to get off their asses and be
more direct and assertive.
- Took part in the campaign Census by race. What a disgrace!
Mark me Canadian! PGIB members marked on the 1996 census
that they were Canadian under the other column.
- Fought against Bill 79 (The Employment Equity Law). The
Harris Conservatives repealed it after we helped them beat
- Expanded into Alberta and British Columbia.
- Ran PGIB members in the 1997 Alberta provincial election
under the new right wing Alberta Social Credit banner.
- Social Credit proudly adopted PGIB's small business platforms
at the Social Credit 1997 election convention in Edmonton.
- Alberta Premier Ralph Klein adopted two PGIB policies
the week after his re-election. Klein failed to credit PGIB
- but we all know where Ralph shops for new ideas!
- Focused debates in Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton on Less
Government and Lower Taxes.
- Started the battle to change the Workers' Compensation
Boards (WCB) in Ontario and Alberta - have commitments from
the Mike Harris Government and many MLA's in Alberta to
allow business to opt out of the WCB and go with their own
private insurance programs.
- Only lobby group to viciously oppose The Charlottetown
Accord and "Distinct Society" for Quebec.
- Started a Scholarship program to help young Right wingers
get an education. Our first student - Mike Bressers graduated
from the University of Calgary in 1997.
- 'Operation Spring Cleaning' - Thousands of litres of
paint were used to clean up graffiti. We reduced the amount
of graffiti in Calgary by 30% according to City Hall and
saved Calgary taxpayers over $300,000.00.
- Spring 1997 - Rallied against a municipal tax hike successfully!
- Drew attention to trough-feeding by Alberta Municipal
and school board officials seeking another level of government
while still collecting a pay cheque. We also demanded a
change to the Municipal and School Board Acts so that this
cannot be repeated.
- Toured Southern Ontario and Alberta in the 1997 election
promoting PGIB's platforms.
- Started the most successful series of 'Unite the Right'
conferences called 'The Roots of Change' that brought Federal
Progressive Conservatives, Reformers, Provincial Tories,
Socreds and many people from organizations including the
Canadian Taxpayer's Federation, APEC and others representing
over 250,000 Canadians. The first conference was in Calgary
at the Metropolitan Centre in 1997 and the second was in
Toronto at the Royal York Hotel in March of last year. These
conferences attracted participants which included: Alberta
Treasurer Stockwell Day, Link Byfield (Alberta Report),
Paul Jackson (Calgary Sun), Alderman Jon Lord, Diane Alblonzcy
(Reform MP), Michael Coren (Financial Post, CFRB Radio),
and delegates from Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British
Columbia and Alberta.
- We door knocked Alberta Labour Minister Murray Smith's
riding of Calgary Currie. We erected signs, throughout his
riding, that read "Hey, Murray - it's a matter of choice?"
and "Stop the extortion! Privatize the WCB!" After many
letter campaigns and other techniques, the Labour Minister
wrote a rather unusual letter. According to his March 11,
1998 letter on behalf of the Alberta government, Mr. Smith
is "Prepared to look at alternate ways of delivering a no-fault
Workers' Compensation Insurance program...If your members
know a better way...I would be pleased to review it." We
are closer than ever to allowing businesses to pot out of
the WCB and go with their own Insurance Programs.
- Convinced the Calgary Injured Workers' Association that
our policy on the WCB was the best option. We now have their
- We are also partially responsible for the elected Senate
race in Alberta. For months we lobbied to have the Senate
race included on the Municipal ballot across Alberta.
- We have a PGIB Youth Wing that has been organizing young
Canadians for the small 'c' conservative movement. PGIB
Youth now has Campus Clubs in both Windsor University and
- Ran three candidates under the PGIB banner in the Calgary
Municipal election on October 19, 1998. Our candidates determined
the agenda and had strong finishes in second, second and
- The Freedom Party of Ontario adopted PGIB's platforms
for the 1999 Ontario election.
- The City of Calgary adopted PGIB's municipal platforms
of public/private partnerships and a public/private task
force for the Organizational review.
- Got Governor Paul Celluci of Massachusetts to apologize
to Canada for his promotion of Quebec separation. Our president
Craig B. Chandler contacted Mr. Celluci and an apology appeared
in the Boston Globe and in a letter to the Consulate General