Frank Klees interview

Frank Klees is running for the leadership of the PC Party of Ontario and took some time to chat with me today about what his bid means and where Ontario needs to go given the tough economic times and new taxation structure being implemented by Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty. Frank also discusses specific policy measures that he would or would not implement.

Related: Tim Hudak interview, Christine Elliott interview, Randy Hillier interview

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  • Matt

    No to liberalization of alcohol sales in Ontario? If you love the nanny state why don't you just say so Frank.

    You will be dead-last on my ballot, unranked if possible.

  • annonymous

    Frank has my vote.

  • Heather

    I like Frank 's policies except that he is on the Board of Director's of Northern Ethanol. Barrie has been fighting to have Northern Ethanol leave Barrie. There should never be an Ethanol plant in the middle of a city. Northern Ethanol say's we welcomed them but when Barrie welcomed the previous owners we were welcoming a small plant that used to make beer in the old Molson plant and were going to use the old equipment that was there. Now Northern Ethanol wants to build the biggest ethanol plant in North America in Barrie. If there was ever an explosion there the whole city would have to be evacuated. The city and people do not want this to happen. Nothern Ethanol are looking at sueing the city now. Frank Kee's is on the Board of Director's of this company. What can we expect if he becomes the head of the party for the rest of the province. This scares me. I like his other policies but this ethanol plant scares me more.

  • Heather

    The information below is what is posted on Northern Ethanol's Web site. What is going to happen in the rest of the province if Frank becomes leader of the party.

    Frank F. Klees
    Director

    Frank F. Klees assumed his position as a Director of Northern in September 2006. In addition he had been President of Klees & Associates, Ltd, Ontario, Canada, since January 1982, a company engaged in financial services consulting. Mr. Klees is a board member of Universal Energy Corporation. A Corporation that is building the largest wheat based ethanol facility in North America.

    Mr. Klees has been a sitting Member of the Provincial Parliament Legislative Assembly in Ontario and has held numerous government positions, including a member of the Cabinet in 1999, Ontario’s Tourism Minister and Minister of Transportation. During which he was responsible for the implementation of a multi-year $10 billion highway infrastructure program.

    Prior to his political career, Mr. Klees co-founded the Municipal Gas Corporation, an energy company that developed 55,000 customers in Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec.

  • Robert

    Mr. Klees was also a paid consultant for Northern Ethanol. Mr. Klees’ 2004 leadership campaign received a $2,000 contribution from Karen Georgiou, one of the principal investors in Northern Ethanol, according to SEC filings. Ms. Georgiou’s husband, George Georgiou, was arrested in September by the FBI for an alleged stock manipulation scheme that involved Northern Ethanol stock. Mr. Georgiou’s company, 401 Capital Parters, also gave $1,800 to Mr. Klees’ 2004 leadership campaign.

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  • http://www.thebarrierealestateblog.com/ Barrie Real Estate

    This is such a great interview. I love his policies but I think it is not enough to make him win on that election. I just hope that he will run again and passed these great policies of him.

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    Awesome interview with Frank Klees, I love how he answer each question. This is a good example for those who are looking for a job and getting ready for an interview. With more than 25 years of experience this can surely improve and develop policy. Thanks!

  • Merideth Maxwell

    You should have asked him to describe the extent of his involvement in Neutron Enterprises, Inc., and Northern Ethanol, and how well/how long he has known George Georgiou.