BELIEVE IN PRINCIPLES,
VALUES, RESPECT PROMISES, LAWS
Honesty will always remain the best
policy, accept it or not. An honest person firmly believes in principles
and values and truly respects promises and laws. His thinking and approach
is purely positive and constructive. This is the secret of his success.
People trust and follow him blindly because they have faith in him.
world population is increasing rapidly, the number of honest persons is
decreasing faster. Problems are multiplying by each day and piling up with
no solutions in sight. This is just because of our own faults and erosion
of values. We have lost trust and confidence in ourselves and as a result
fail to differentiate between the good and bad, right and wrong.
universal fact now that politicians are least trusted, we blindly choose
and follow the wrong leadership and expect miracles. What we get from such
leadership, everybody knows. So, we must have faith and confidence in
ourselves and must never forget the lesson that without proper judgment
and accountability we can never find true leadership and produce positive
On June 9,
2004, I had the opportunity to meet once again Frank Klees, a person who
mesmerizes the people, particularly the shrewd media and critics, not with
his tricks and gimmicks but with his sound character and contributions.
Very few politicians and leaders enjoy such respect and standing.
daughter, Sana Javed, a college student, who like most others hates dirty
politics and refuses to accompany me to such meetings, was highly
impressed by this personality and his message. She listened to him and
became his fan. Truth prevailed with no politics and catches involved.
Same was the case with my wife, Sabiha Javed, and many others, who keep
themselves away from politics and yellow journalism. They enjoyed every
moment of the proceedings. They now believe in his leadership and want him
to become the leader of the Conservative Party and premier of Ontario. By
w! inning their hearts and support through understanding and truth was
indeed a great victory for Frank Klees, MPP, Oak Ridges.
was the chief guest at the dinner given in his honor by Shahid Hashmi,
Chairman, CanPak Chamber of Commerce, and his wife Seema Hashmi at the
Shahnawaz Restaurant in Mississauga, which is gaining popularity for
delicious food and meetings. The purpose was to introduce him to the
media, which was present in almost full strength. Also present on the
occasion was a leading personality of the South Asian community and the
pride of Canada, Shanul Haq Haqqee. Syed Aftab Rizvi was the Master of
Ceremony. The attendance was remarkable and included renowned figures of
the community in large numbers.
proceeding was simply superb. Briefly I could state only that he deserves
the appreciation, being a good human being and a man of commitment. The
future will no doubt testify the same. His rejection like others will
occur only when he forgets the people and principles.
discussed about his political career and how he entered politics. He
explained the role of Conservatives and said they must realize the
importance of being involved in the community. They must help those who
cannot help themselves. They must not support anti-people policy.
ordinary people must be motivated to come forward and help form policies.
Their opinion is very important for formation of a public policy, good
system and future of the country. It is essential to know what is in their
heart and mind. The existing system does not allow the ordinary people to
get involved in policies.
tears in his eyes, praised his father, Frank Sr., who he said served
quietly and practically and inspired him. He tries to follow his
the reasons for failure of the Conservative Party in the last elections
and said: “Some people took over the decision making process and
hijacked the party. The result was the collapse of leadership and party.
Now we have to get back with a clean slate and as a political party based
on principles and values. We must give the government the essence of
democracy. The people the choice and the opportunity to speak against any
legislator and legislation.”
give the people the power of accountability. There is no accountability
now. Often people smell but don’t know what is wrong. They are helpless
and speechless. The government shuffles the ministers just to keep the
people confused and away from the shady happenings, “ he stated.
disclosed: “I have 30 years of experience and was first elected in 1995.
Till today I am not satisfied with the functioning of the governments.
There is a lot to be done to meet expectations of the people.”
“I want qualified people in the government and courageous steps to
ensure accountability. I have the passion to know and what is to be done.
Allow ministers and caucus members to make changes. I know where the
landmines are. I am against running away from problems and issues. We must
find the solutions with the support of the people and the media. It is in
the interest of the families and the future generation.”
He said the
media must come up to the expectations of the people. The coverage must be
objective and proper and not distorted. Most of his speeches are
distorted, he stated. The media cannot to be fully blamed, as it is our
fault also that we don’t initiate, he added.
he would prioritize the importance of communication. A two-way
communication with media is necessary for the government. Also he is
working on a technology to remove language barrier so that the people
could understand the messages easily and instantly. This would be a great
achievement in creating understanding.
said: “In the last election we focused on our aims and objectives and
conducted ourselves with civility. You cannot play and should not play
with people. It is wrong by all means and should not be part of any
“The Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, should be made accountable as
he not only broke his promise of not increasing the taxes but broke the
law as well. Within few months his popularity graph has fallen to a very
low level. If I were in his place I would have gone to the people, told
them the truth that there was no choice except to raise the taxes and hold
a referendum for its acceptance and approval. This should be the way for
any such issue. Dalton McGuinty avoids questions, as he has no answers.
You can watch the proceedings on the TV and judge for yourself.”
“We must learn from our past mistakes and failures. Some people withdrew
decision-making to the premier office. We were not involved in decisions.
The respect and tradition was disregarded and we were taken on the wrong
path. The departure from commitment, principles, values and ethics were
the main reasons for our defeat and collapse.”
personally offended by what happened in the 2003 elections. I knew we were
in trouble. If you see the results, you will find that only those people
were rejected who did not meet the expectations and played with the
people. They were not the committed ones,” he stated.
questions and answers session, Frank Klees was bombarded with several
spinning questions. Commenting on a question on Israel’s policies, he
said that his personal view is: “We must find solutions based on
justice. I cannot see the destruction of people, homes and lost of lives.
We must start the dialogue with respect to ensure justice and respect. Our
job as a human being is to ensure justice. It is really painful that we
cannot find a peaceful solution.”
of Radio Carvan strongly criticized the participation of Police Chief
Julian Fantino in a rally `Walk With Israel’. She told Frank Klees to
take notice of such racist attitude seriously and act accordingly. She
said even the Foreign Minister was informed but he turned a deaf ear and
till now nothing has been done. “How do Muslims expect justice and
protection under such circumstances,” she stated.
question of gay marriage, he said: “I will keep challenging all such
decisions because I believe in traditional definition of marriage.
However, we must respect the choice and belief of others as well. It is
better to respect each other. We will call it civil union or give it any
other name but not term it marriage. Presently decisions are being made on
such issues because legislators don’t have the courage and they leave it
on the judges and courts. Legislators must stand and speak up.”
question of racial profiling, he said: “I believe that as Canadians we
must share the true principles of democracy. I believe in the principles
and values of democracy. We must focus on creation of understanding. We
can only live together if we understand each other. Without understanding
nothing positive can be achieved.”
question about immigrants, Frank Klees said: “Immigrants are essential
and welcome because they are backbone of the country. They are
contributing tremendously despite all odds. Unfortunately, we are not
letting people know the reality and the importance of immigrants. We
definitely have a perception problem. I will open the door for them. I
want my party to have the largest membership comprising people of all
communities, which will reflect the true picture of the party and
question about problems, promises and mistakes, he said: “We forget that
in 1994 the situation was very bad in all respect. Ontario was in the last
place in the country. The province was upside down. It was like coming
into a bankrupt corporation. In 1999, we performed incredibly and help
Ontario regain the first place. It was the time to benefit from the
economic revolution and enjoy. Unfortunately, people keep forgetting the
past. They committed grave mistakes, despite warnings. Now we will make
sure that past mistakes ar! e not repeated and principles and values of
democracy are practically followed and implemented. People will be taken
into confidence for development and implementation of policies and
solution of the problems.”
“Issues like teachers’ strike could be settled through negotiations
and in a professional manner. Teachers are highly respected and they
should be treated accordingly. Our children spend most of the time with
them. Their problems need to be studied and solved. I don’t pretend to
have all of the answers. I want to learn. The structure of policy
development is based on belief.”
Syed Aftab Rizvi, while introducing Frank Klees, said: “We are
conservatives but have a liberal approach. We will choose only the one who
is best for the party and the people.” He hoped that Dr Jamil Dar, a
highly respected member of the community and society, would organize
fund-raising for Frank Klees.
and support for Frank Klees by the audience and media was tremendous.
Surinder Gill, also a renowned figure, said: “We are here to decide what
we can do for Frank Klees and not what he will do for us. We must support
him because he is a man of commitment and good qualities.”
Dr Jamil Dar
said: “Frank Klees keeps his promises when he makes them. He understands
our problems and will solve them, like in the past. He believes in
practicality. He is, no doubt, a man of commitment.”
Hashmi and Gul Nawaz worked very closely with Frank Klees and he too
acknowledged their hard work and contribution. Shahid Hashmi spoke about
his close association with Frank Klees. He said: “Frank motivates you
and gives you the energy. Whenever issues were brought to him, he paid
full attention and extended practical help. His achievements are notable.
He deserves to become the leader of the party and premier of Ontario.”
of Vision Pakistan presented gifts to Frank Klees and his wife Jaine on
behalf of the media. He assured him: “We are all behind you. We want to
see you as premier of Ontario.”
Ali, a world-renowned artist, too was highly impressed by the message and
commitment of Frank Klees. He donated 25 of his precious paintings and
assured him his full support. The proceeding of the painting exhibition
would go to the fund raising, he stated.
of Hum Sub Eik program and organizer of the famous Markham Mela, invited
Frank Klees to start his election campaign from his Mela. Javed said:
“Usually we don’t promote politicians but since we found Frank Klees
as a genuine and concerned person and not a politician therefore we are
extending him full support.”