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.



  1. Anonymous on

    I’m glad this was posted. Had read about Marc’s early involvement in political issues besides those involving cannabis and bookstore but had never seen any footage.

    It’s important for his critics to realize that Marc isn’t just a cannabis smoker who is fighting for his right to smoke. He could have laid low and smoked without being caught. He’s a smart guy.

    Marc believes in bringing truth and information to the masses so they can make educated decisions. While others fought to make books illegal that they didn’t personally enjoy reading, Marc fought to give people the freedom to choose and decide for themselves.

    Same goes with cannabis. He never forces anyone to use it; he fights to give people the right to decide whether or not they want to use it. It’s a freedom and civil rights issue.

    It’s important for people to see that while certain politicians and governmental groups try to take away rights and freedoms, Marc consistently fights those people to give them back.

    I am certainly glad people like Marc are willing to put their own comfort and well-being aside for the good of those around him. How people such as the DEA can condemn such actions is beyond me.

  2. Gord Hume is a dickhead on

    Gord Hume? Was that you who wrote the first comment? Marc rules so piss off ya wanka!

  3. Anonymous on

    That was a remarkably selfless thing for Marc to do. He spent $15,000 of his own money to save a lot of people a lot of taxes. Too bad there aren’t more like him. Hosting sports events like that on the tax payers’ backs is not at all reasonable. Why would it stop at hosting sports events? Next they might want to put up a big amusement park at your expense. Then every other city would have to put up a bigger amusement park to draw people from that one to theirs. Besides, who the hell actually watches those boring sports events anyway? I always hate when the Olympics are held, because I know all the good TV programs will be replaced by some yutz trying to jump over a bar or something. Oh yeah, now that’s entertainment.

  4. Dan on

    Name calling and ridicule are tools of the ignorant. But then what else is prohibition? Did it work in the 20’s? Sure it did…for a while. But facts and the public will have always and will always win in the end. Hang in there Marc.
    My advice for the anonymous posters, educate yourselves on the FACTS regarding cannabis.

  5. Anonymous on

    don’t know why this inspired some hateful comments but in my opinion the protest in London to save us from wasting tax dollars was a good thing and I support any further attempt at reducing the amount of tax dollars that are wasted.

  6. Anonymous on

    Mark, you’ll find out that there’s no Gulag’s or Concentration Camps it the US., won’t you? Oh wait, you already knew that.