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 May 2009 - Nr. 5

On March 29, 2009 Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees announced that he will seek the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

"Our Province needs decisive leadership, and we’re not getting it from Dalton McGuinty," said Klees. "He has no plan, is out of touch with Ontarians, and will only drag us deeper into debt, will further destabilize our economy, and undermine the quality of life of every man, woman and child in this province."

We watched and listened to what he had to say and followed him when he came to the Danube Swabian Club in Scarborough, sort of visiting his roots. Joseph MeyerHe was introduced by Joseph Meyer, an Danube Swabian from Leamington, where Frank arrived with his parents as an immigrant when he was only 5 years old. After the quaint reminiscences Frank Klees came quickly to the matter at hand. He wants people to participate in the process. He wants to change the way we do not have a democracy to a real one, where parliament members can vote their conscience, instead of having to follow a rule from the top. Joe Folk, President Danube Swabian Club; Frank Klees, M.P.P.; Toni Baumann, V.P.He looked at the problems of overtaxing and lack of caring for those that need help, he spoke about the fact that discipline in schools is missing, that parents and teachers have to get and take back some of the responsibility of raising children properly instead of having them drugged.

We learned that anyone over 14 can become a member by signing a membership, you do not even have to be a Canadian citizen, also online at, or at the office in Richmond Hill, or when he can be found on his campaign trail. Next he will be in Kitchener in the Concordia Club on May 12th between 2:30pm and 4:00pm. Wayne Wettlaufer will introduce him. In the Danube Swabian club 60 new members were registered.

Would it not be wonderful to have someone of our heritage in office at Queens Park?

Here is some background data on Frank Klees

As a five year old boy Frank Klees immigrated to Canada from Germany with his family, and settled in Leamington in Southwestern Ontario.

He began his career in business with the Canada Life Assurance Co. He went on to build his own financial services consulting practice and in 1990 Frank co-founded Municipal Gas Corporation and served as the firm’s Executive Vice President.

In 1995 Frank was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and appointed as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Following the 1999 provincial election he was appointed to Cabinet and served as the Chief Government Whip and Deputy House Leader and later as Minister of Tourism and Recreation and Minister of Transportation. Frank was again re-elected in 2003 and 2007 and has held several critic portfolios including Education, Citizenship, Immigration, Transportation and Infrastructure. In 2004 he was appointed as Caucus Chair, a position he held until resigning several weeks ago to stand for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

Frank and his wife Jaine live in Aurora and have two (now adult) children, Alissa and Robert.

To join Team Klees and or to register to vote for Frank, go online at and do one of two options to join and no later than May 14, 2009. Forward your completed membership form to
45 Vogell Rd. Suite 101, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3P6


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