The next provincial election is June 7, and it looks like at least a five-person race in Nipissing.
"I will be running in this election because I want to help you recover your personal and economic freedoms and encourage serious reductions in the scope of government," he says on the Libertarian website.
Keevil lists the five most important election issues as:
- Ontario's record-breaking $312 billion debt. Ontario is the world's most indebted sub-sovereign borrower. We need to make a serious effort to reduce government spending and government services.
- Ontario has some of the highest electricity prices in North America. We need to end all forms of energy subsidies and leave energy production and distribution to the free market.
- A $15/hr minimum wage will be economically devastating to the north and destroy jobs. We need to repeal minimum wage laws to ensure everyone who needs a job can find one.
- Reign in the nanny state and restore personal responsibility. The government has no business regulating the production, distribution, and sale of any product or service.
- Ontario continues to have the highest policing costs per capita of all the provinces. We need to reduce the scope of what the police are doing and refocus them on solving property crimes and violent crimes.
"I have been living in this district for 12 years and have become convinced that reducing the size of government is one of the keys to getting this district and the province back on track," says Keevil in a news release, "This will be the second election in a row in which the Libertarians have been able to field a candidate in this riding and I am pleased to have been selected to help continue to build the party brand."
Henri Giroux is widely expected to seek the NDP nomination. while the Liberals have yet to announce a nomination date, and no one has stepped forward to say they will seek the nomination.
The Northern Ontario party has already nominated Trevor Holliday.