No Tax for Pan Am

This video by Paul McKeever is about some of my early activism from 1982 to 1986. Please ignore the 80’s hair.

This covers a protest I sank thousands of hours into over four years, plus $15,000 to put out leaflets and hand deliver them myself every night for over a year. This was before the internet so you had to go door-to-door and do it physically, one house at a time. I delivered 35,000 pamphlets myself in 1983.

Here’s what McKeever says about the video:

The City of Toronto is one of three cities bidding to host the 2015 Pan Am Games. The projected cost of its proposal is $1.77 billion. According to the plan, the lion’s share of that money will be tax revenues collected by the governments of Toronto, Ontario, and Canada. In 1985, Freedom Party of Ontario, together with its then Action Director, Marc Emery, commenced a No Tax for Pan Am campaign against London Ontario’s bid to host the 1991 Pan Am games using approximately $100M of tax revenue from the governments of London, Ontario, and Canada. The result: VICTORY. Londoners, and all other Canadians, were spared the burden of approximately $100 M. This video will show you how it was done, and give you the knowledge, and the hope, to prevent $1.77 billion in tax revenues from being spent on the Pan Am Games leading up to 2015.

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Marc Emery
Marc Emery

Marc Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, entrepreneur, and politician. Known to his fans as the Prince of Pot, Emery has been a notable advocate of international cannabis policy reform for decades. Marc is the founding publisher of Cannabis Culture and Pot TV.