Candidate Guidelines

Any Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age on the day of the election may stand for election.

To volunteer as a candidate for the Libertarian Party of Canada, please sign-up as a voting member and be sure to indicate "Becoming a candidate on the form. To run as a candidate, according to our rules, it is necessary to be a Voting Member and this includes agreeing with the Principles of the party . If there is more than one person locally that wants to be the candidate, usually this will work itself out when the two or more people that want to be the candidate talk it out with each other.

At this time, most of our local campaigns are very modest. The most important achievement for a modest campaign is getting our name on the ballot. Right away this will get us local media coverage and we are able to spread our ideas of Limited Government and Personal Responsibility. Even a campaign that raises and spends no money has a very large impact. You may attend any all candidate meetings where you are invited. You may respond to media interview requests. Being a candidate isn't really hard and you can do as little or as much as you are willing.
 
In a few ridings where we are better established, we will run a more substantial campaign. In order to run a more substantial campaign, it is necessary to have a campaign manager, a group of volunteers ready at election time, and some funds for local spending. You need at least 5 people willing to help out before you can hope to achieve greater success than a modest campaign.  
 
The party will be with you every step of the way to help you have a great campaign. We have done this before and we actually have significant support mechanisms in place to minimize the burden and effort needed to run a local campaign.
 

Once an election is called, as a candidate, you will need the following:

  1. An official agent (your campaign CFO) who manages your income and expenses (unless it is a modest campaign where there will not actually be any income or expenses), and is responsible for paperwork. In almost every case the party will identify someone to do this for you.
  2. $1,000 deposit; fully refundable about 30-60 days after all paperwork is submitted by your official agent. We recommend raising this from friends, family, supporters or other members.
  3. An accountant to be your campaign auditor. A letter from the auditor is necessary. This expense for the audit is subsidized by the government. In almost every case, the party will provide this for you.
  4. 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. All you do is hang out where people gather, in front of a coffee shop, grocery store, pharmacy, arena, etc. and ask people to sign. About half will. It takes some time, but it really isn't too hard.
  5. Letter signed by the Libertarian Party of Canada Leader. We will provide this in every case.

The LPC will help with each of these points in whole or in part as best we can.

 

Once you are an official candidate, you are encouraged to do however much you feel comfortable with in terms of promoting your campaign, media interviews, and participation in debates. Being a candidate is a great experience. Welcome to politics!