Any Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age on the day of the election may stand for election. Though it is not necessary to live in the riding chosen, we strongly recommend you run for office in a riding you are known in.
To volunteer as a candidate for the Libertarian Party of Canada, please contact the LPC. In every case, to run as a candidate, it is necessary to be a Voting Member. If there is a constituency association, we will put you in touch with them. Even if you are not selected, there is a need for local organizers and other volunteers.
Of course you need to be a member of the party with your membership dues up to date.
In order to run a more successful campaign, it’s best to have a campaign manager and a group of volunteers ready at election time. It is, of course, useful to be known in the community you are running for office in…. so having a blog or website, a twitter account, and being known with the local business and associations is important. Talking about the issues that have direct impacts on your community from a Libertarian perspective and blogging about it or posting it on youtube will go a long way in making strides into you constituency.
Of course, the party will be with you every step of the way to help you have a great campaign.
You can also contact the returning officer in your riding when the election is called to obtain necessary information and assistance.
Thank you very much for considering the Libertarian Party of Canada
For the registration deadline, a candidate needs the following:
An official agent (your campaign CFO) who manages your income and expenses, and is responsible for paperwork. Locate an official agent in advance of the election – friend, family member or LP volunteer.
$1,000 deposit; fully refundable after the election if all paperwork is submitted by your official agent. We recommend raising this from friends, family, supporters or other members.
Arrange with a local accountant to be your campaign auditor. A letter from the auditor is necessary. This expense is subsidized by the government.
Once the election is called, the signatures of 100 people who are electors entitled to vote in the riding. It is highly recommended that a surplus, say 150, signatures be obtained in case the returning officer is unable to certify some of them. The LPC can help with each of these points.
Letter signed by the Libertarian Party of Canada Leader
Beyond that, candidates are encouraged to do however much they feel comfortable with in terms of promoting their campaign, media interviews, and participation in debates.