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Political Accomplishments

  • 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 past year
  • Pushed our policies at the Canadian Alliance policy conference
  • Pushed our policies at the Alberta Progressive Conservative policy conference
  • Rob Anders Canadian Alliance Member of Parliament nomination victory
  • Jon Lord’s Alberta Progressive Conservative nomination victory
  • Jon Lord’s MLA victory in Calgary
  • Helped elect MLA Gene Zwosdesky in Edmonton
  • The release of The Long Horn Limo from Transport Canada
  • Stockwell Day Leadership victory
  • Successfully stopped the graffiti fine on small business in Edmonton
  • 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 Joe Clark
  • 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 in politics
  • 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 policies
  • 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 Park.
  • 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 the NDP.
  • 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 support.
  • 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 SAIT.
  • 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 third.
  • 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 of Canada.