Platform

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The Libertarian Party of Canada stands for free market economic policies, property rights and entrepreneurship. As such, the Libertarian Party would:

  • Reduce federal income taxes to a maximum rate of 15% and increase the personal income tax exemption amount to $17,300 from $11,500
  • Eliminate all tax credits, and replace them with 4 additional exemptions, valued at $4,000 each (Child, Senior, Disability, Student)
  • End all forms of corporate welfare
  • Audit the Bank of Canada’s effect on inflation and gradually phase out government control over the money supply

 

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 The Libertarian Party of Canada recognizes the importance of a clean and healthy environment to all Canadians. The property rights of all Canadians must be respected to ensure responsible and accountable use and preservation of our natural resources. As such, the Libertarian Party of Canada would:

  • Enforce property rights so individuals have full ownership over their land and the natural resources above and below it
  • Encourage a system whereby harm and property damage as a result of pollution can be dealt with through the judicial system
  • Remove eminent domain legislation by repealing the Expropriation Act

 

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 The Libertarian Party of Canada stands for a foreign policy of honest trade, peace, and diplomacy. As such, the Libertarian Party would:

  • Immediately withdraw Canadian armed forces from international conflicts. The Libertarian party strongly opposes the foreign interventions of the past 13 years
  • Reallocate military resources for the purpose of national defence, and Arctic sovereignty.
  • Restructure the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in the following way
    1. Eliminate all forms of government foreign aid
    2. Encourage remittances. Doing so means that aid is voluntarily given and done so without ending up in the hands of corrupt foreign governments.
    3. Unilaterally end all tariffs on foreign goods.

 

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 The Libertarian Party of Canada opposes the criminalization of victimless crime. As such, the Libertarian Party would re-evaluate all victimless crimes in the federal criminal code. This will allow for law enforcement to spend its time and budget on targeting and punishing violent offenders.

  1. Sex work

The Libertarian Party of Canada would legalize sex work. Doing so respects the decisions of consenting adults, while making life safer for those who choose to engage in sex work. This policy also ensures that law enforcement can focus on human traffickers, and not its victims.

  1. The War on Drugs

The Libertarian Party of Canada would end the war on drugs by legalizing cannabis and immediately decriminalizing the consumption and possession of drugs. The war on drugs has cost Canadian tax payers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration of citizens who have harmed no one besides themselves. Drugs should be dealt with through harm reduction strategies, and as a matter of public health, not through the criminal justice system. The decriminalization of illicit substances ensures that organized criminals, both domestic and foreign, cannot profit from the drug trade.

 

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 The Libertarian Party recognizes the importance of the right to privacy and as such would:

  • Immediately repeal bill C-51
  • End Warrantless Searches

Keeping the Government Out of Our Bedrooms (and Every Other Room)

The Edward Snowden & Wikileaks revelations have had lasting repercussions in both the United States and in Canada. Without due process, governments have unreservedly begun spying on innocent citizens, justifying their actions in pursuit of nebulous terrorist threats. Due to these disclosures, the Libertarian Party would seek to curb and eliminate all government surveillance programs that operate without a Warrant. More specifically, the Libertarian Party of Canada would pass legislation that would forbid government, and all government agencies, from spying on personal information without a warrant issued in open court. This includes ending mass surveillance operations, including the collection of metadata. As a result, the Libertarian Party would rein in the actions of Canadian surveillance agencies, ending the practice of blanket surveillance and placing these organizations under strict independent civilian oversight mechanisms. An open and honest mechanism to thwart terrorism will be just as effective as surreptitious means.

Who’s Bullying Whom?

Anti-cyberbullying legislation, although well intended to curb online abuses, subjects Canadians to privacy abuses at the hands of government and corporations with Bills C-13 and S-4. The Libertarian Party would immediately repeal the lower Warrant thresholds for obtaining personal information, which will effectively restore privacy rights by upholding the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The Libertarian Party will also remove the immunity provisions for telecommunications providers who hand over personal data to government agencies without a warrant. If a telecommunications company is to disclose personal data to third parties, including government, it should only be done with the presence of a warrant or the expressed consent of the customer.

Restoring the Rights Lost in Bill C-51

Bill C-51 is an egregious violation of Canadian privacy rights, which are protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The information sharing provisions overturn the public sector privacy protections set out in the Privacy Act. Organizations like CSIS should not be given the power of law enforcement agencies, and their findings should not be applicable to the prosecution of Canadian citizens. This bill should never have been brought forward in a democratic nation, and all aspects of it will be fully repealed under a Libertarian government.

Focusing the Canadian Security Establishment on Foreign Threats

The Canadian Security Establishment (CSE), lesser known than CSIS, provides Canadians with security in regards to foreign threats, but in no way should it subject Canadian citizens to charter rights violations. To ensure that Canadians are not having their privacy infringed upon, the Libertarian Party would establish an independent oversight board to ensure privacy is protected. The Libertarian Party would also create legislation prohibiting the mandate of CSE from warrantlessly spying on Canadian citizens. Lastly, the Libertarian Party would end all forms of collaboration with foreign surveillance agencies, especially the NSA, that could infringe upon the privacy rights of innocent Canadians. Simply, the CSE should work to protect, and not punish, Canadian citizens

 

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 The Libertarian Party of Canada recognizes the right of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples to meaningful autonomy and jurisdiction over their territories. This jurisdiction includes natural resources, mining rights, local economic affairs and community membership.

The Libertarian Party would:

  • Replace the Indian Act with a blanket guarantee of sovereignty for all indigenous groups.
  • End all federal restrictions and obligations on indigenous territories
  • Streamline the Land Claim process
  • Find and eliminate systemic discrimination against indigenous peoples

 

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 The Libertarian Party of Canada realizes that government regulatory agencies often do far more harm than good. These regulatory agencies ultimately hurt consumers by increasing costs and curbing competition. As such, the Libertarian Party of Canada would:

  • Repeal the powers of the CRTC over radio, television and communications
  • Eliminate the unfair price manipulation and quota system of the Dairy Board.
  • Reduce the CATSA and government fees for passengers coming from abroad to encourage more tourism and enterprise

 

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 The official position of the Libertarian Party of Canada is to remove the prohibitions and legislative obstacles for the ownership of guns by peaceful citizens for the purposes of recreation, self-defence and hunting.If elected, the Libertarian Party of Canada would:

  • Repeal section 91 and 92 of the Criminal Code to make responsible gun possession legal
  • Revise the legal definition of weapon and firearm to reflect that guns are tools when in the hands of qualified civilians
  • Eliminate the provincial and territorial Chief Firearms Offices as a cost saving mechanism and transfer responsible gun ownership to a certification based system
  • Eliminate the unfair search and seizure provisions under the Firearms Act and reverse the onus provisions so that citizens are not labelled criminals before their day in court

 

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 The official position of the Libertarian Party of Canada is that the federal government should leave the entirety of health care decisions to provincial and territorial governments. The current system costs Canadians approximately $6,000 a year, per citizen. For the average family, their healthcare tax burden will be approximately $24,000 per year. Although Canadians spend a lot on the provision of healthcare, the system is painfully slow. The median wait time for an emergency room visit in Canada is 8.8 hours, which places Canada dead last among OECD countries for timeliness of care.

Not only do Canadians spend much of their time waiting for care, the system consistently underperforms. Canada is ranked in the bottom third of OECD countries for safe care, effective care, coordinated care and patient centered care.

To overcome these issues, the Libertarian Party of Canada would:

  • Repeal the Canada Health Act
    1. To ensure that healthcare is a provincial responsibility
    2. To allow private alternatives for care and insurance, which will alleviate public wait times and the growing fiscal burden of healthcare. Provinces will be free to choose the system that best fits their needs

 

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Immigration is an essential aspect of a growing and prosperous country. As such, the Libertarian Party of Canada advocates for a welcoming immigration policy.

More specifically, the Libertarian Party of Canada would:

  • Significantly decrease the bureaucratic burden for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Eliminate the point system for immigration and replace it with a background check for violent or fraudulent criminal activity
  • Eliminate the TFW program and replace it with a streamlined work visa program, and residency roll out. Granting foreign workers legal residency ensures that the Canadian economy continues to grow, without subjecting them to poor working conditions.
  • Create sponsorship guidelines whereby organizations and individuals can sponsor immigrants if they are willing to financially support them.

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  • commented 2017-04-21 13:10:29 -0400 · Flag
    Hi Bryce;
    No member of any political party, including this one, ever agrees with every aspect of their party platform.
    Deviation from the party platform does not bring ridicule or condemnation. Argument perhaps, but that is true in all political parties.
    Deviation from libertarian philosophical principles will bring ridicule, hostility, attempts to educate, and numerous other responses. And rightly so.
  • commented 2017-04-20 23:43:52 -0400 · Flag
    The reason that the overwhelmingly majority of Canadians giggle or disregard anyone associated with this party can be found right here in this forum. I fully realize my intellectual limits will never allow me to become a physicist, medical doctor or even a political leader.

    But, I cannot understand why an individual has to observe every aspect of this platform, in its entirety, without exception to be a “true” Libertarian. And, any sort of deviation from the ideas of the leader or its platform brings ridicule or ‘holier than thou’ responses.

    I feel this party has many wonderful people attempting to bring an alternative view to traditional or mainstream politics to Canadians. I’ve stated this previously but, off the wall statements and unrealistic or unattainable goals is precisely the reason why this party has never obtained more than 0.5% of the popular vote.

    “Zero taxes?, taxes are slavery? We’ll get invaded by NATO or the UN or something, Trojan horses, don’t really care about economics” Really? I feel we need to support each other and engage in honest and productive conversations with like minded people. I feel we need to lose the rhetoric and baseless statements in order to go forward. I truly believe if we can discuss our differences with respect and understanding we can change the Canadian political landscape

    I am also a realist and await your fury with an open heart and mind.
  • commented 2017-04-20 21:03:35 -0400 · Flag
    Excellent points you’ve made and I cannot disagree. I looked in here today because I don’t feel like any of the 3 actually represent me.

    NDP and Liberals are cut from the same cloth, and I don’t care much for the conservatives who are not much different when it comes to money and personal freedoms. Way too much government…
  • commented 2017-04-20 20:45:50 -0400 · Flag
    Christine… yes, the big 3 (4?) parties do not know what to make of us. The right thinks we are communists or anarchists (or worse) and the left thinks we are hardcore heartless capitalists… and neither of those things is true. This party is different because it starts from a very different philosophical foundation. We want Liberty – period, and don’t really care too much about economics.
  • commented 2017-04-20 20:40:21 -0400 · Flag
    Christine, you need to remember that this is a “Libertarian” arena. Your immigration policies are “more of the same” of big central government control grids in advocating rules and policies to control people. Libertarianism always advocates allowing people to move freely as they wish. The problem is not immigration or immigrants. The problem is the Marxist/socialist/welfare state that forcibly extracts the wealth of Canadians against their will and redistributes those funds to immigrants to unbalance the free market. If the socialist forces were removed, people would only immigrate to Canada if they could support themselves and/or offer a skill to our nation instead of draining our resources.
  • commented 2017-04-20 20:39:29 -0400 · Flag
    This is the first time I’m actually even hearing of this party. I can see why the top 3 keep trying to marginalize it..
  • commented 2017-04-20 20:31:55 -0400 · Flag
    The plan, as I understand it, is to lower taxes slowly and responsibly, until they are zero. We have inherited a mess of government programs and people who are dependent on them. Some of them will need to be replaced with viable alternatives so that people don’t get hurt, and that takes time. We did not get to this place in a day. But it is the libertarian view that taxation is slavery/theft/feudalism or what have you, and it has to be stopped.
  • commented 2017-04-20 20:21:51 -0400 · Flag
    I am not, taxes are out of control, money is being wasted on pet projects and special interest groups, don’t even get me started on Hydro costs.

    But there is always money in the budget for government pay raises.

    If as you said taxes were eliminated, I’d almost be inclined to agree with you.
  • commented 2017-04-20 20:08:02 -0400 · Flag
    I’m not sure that we care that much about the wages of politicians. As long as we succeed in eliminating taxes, anything paid to politicians is consensual… so more power to them. if they do a good job of defending our liberties then I am okay with them becoming as rich as Midas.
  • commented 2017-04-20 17:13:50 -0400 · Flag
    I would also like to see a REDUCTION in the wages politicians are receiving. These paycheques and gold plated pensions are a slap in the face to Canadians.
  • commented 2017-04-20 17:11:48 -0400 · Flag
    Almost got me, some of the policies presented are very good, however the immigration issue is wrong.

    Europe has done more than enough with their immigration programs to see the result. If this policy was reversed, I’d be willing to give this party a chance.
  • commented 2017-04-06 20:54:59 -0400 · Flag
    I think the whole platform makes sense…except the immigration….In light of the current world issues April 2017…. I would be very very wary indeed with Muslim immigration…… they are in my opinion……a TROJAN HORSE….and will be your eventual undoing
  • commented 2017-04-04 21:47:03 -0400 · Flag
    Weapons, drugs, alcohol, health-care, prostitution, same-sex marriage, environmental issues etc should all be provincial issues. If you don’t like how your province legislates, at least you can move to another province and pursue the lifestyle of your choice. Personally, I don’t want the government of any jurisdiction involved in any of these issues but if we must endure them, let it be provincial. For goodness sakes, keep the Feds as small as possible in all aspects before they devour us !!
  • commented 2017-04-04 21:38:10 -0400 · Flag
    @ Bryce – you are right that Libertarianism is over the head of the majority of Canadians and untenable for them. It is exactly for that reason that we need great educated Libertarian candidates that bring important issues to the fore WITHOUT compromise. Ron Paul has been an incredible light to the mayhem of American politics.

    You asked … "What will auditing The Bank of Canada do for average Canadians? "…. in short , save all their money from devious politicians eroding it through inflation. Canada is waaaaay in debt and has abandoned any gold backing to its currency leaving a pure fiat currency. The word “fiat” is key. If you don’t know what a fiat currency is you will never understand why Dr Paul so strongly pushed the “Audit the FED” issue State side. All fiat currencies in the past have failed …. horribly eg China, France, Argentina, Finland, Germany, Zimbabwe and on and on the list goes. Canada is flirting with a MASSIVE economic failure from either deflation or hyper-inflation because of its debts and reckless finances. We could experience a dollar crises similar to what Venezuela is facing as we speak.

    The Conservative & Liberal & NDP crooks in Ottawa are ignoring this and many other HUGE issues [ like demographics and the aging population], capitalizing on the ignorance of oblivious Canadians who think that bad things only happen to OTHER countries and “could never come here” . Even the Sponsorship Scandal didn’t wake them from their stupor. Don’t fall prey to “watering down” true leadership to appeal to willfully foolish Canadians….. you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make ’em drink !!!
  • commented 2017-04-04 20:30:39 -0400 · Flag
    Hi Bryce;

    You are probably right that decriminalizing drugs etc. doesn’t actually prevent criminals from selling and profiting, but it sure would take a huge bite out of it. Prohibition is what keeps the profits high and fosters corruption.

    Guns…. free men have always had the right to weapons.

    Depends what is meant by “government control over money supply”. It is quite possible to leave government in control of ensuring honest money, without allowing government to print/inflate at whim. This one is either a good idea or a bad idea, depending on which economist you ask. As always, if you ask three different economists you will get six different answers. We shall see how it works out, but at least the Libertarian Party is considering the issue when everyone else blindly accepts the status quo.
  • commented 2017-04-04 13:49:36 -0400 · Flag
    RE: Fringe Wizard

    You make good arguments, even if I disagree on some of them. Let’s keep this conversation going regardless.
  • commented 2017-04-04 13:35:02 -0400 · Flag
    Please don’t go more centrist. The cuckservatives in America always tried to outlib the libs and alienated their own supporters while the people that wanted liberal policies kept voting for the real thing. Then along came Trump and everything changed. I have been advocating for this party for a long time and I have success by telling people their activity and their votes for the big parties carry no weight while anything they do in a smaller party makes a much bigger difference to Canada amongst many other arguments. The party needs more attention and to have a candidate in every riding. I don’t believe we need stricter penalties for “gun related crimes” and if anything we should soften up on a lot of that. We should also make guns of all sorts accessible to everyone, without any restrictions on “the mentally ill” or on people with criminal records. If you’re worried about potential crime and other issues, you don’t really need to rely on government to keep guns out of the hands of “the mentally ill” as family will probably do that for them, and criminals don’t seem to have any issues finding weapons to use for their crimes be they guns, trucks, or whatever else. I also strongly believe we draft everyone who is able-bodied and sound-of-mind into the military in the exact same way Estonia does: http://www.mil.ee/en/defence-forces/compulsory-military-service When practically every Canadian has military training and is armed our society will be a lot safer and it will be much more difficult for terrorists to rake up kill counts in the 2 and 3 digits. They might be able to shoot one or two people before someone else shoots them and ends it. I don’t think there’s going to be some overnight apocalypse if we suddenly make it as easy to own assault rifles and 100 round clips and so on almost as easy as buying pellet guns is today.
    As for drugs, it doesn’t make sense to me to make any drugs illegal, we have laws against self-harm and attempted suicide and public nuisance and driving under the influence and neglecting your children and so on. I personally believe that psychiatric drugs like anti-depressants are tremendously harmful drugs that “ought to be banned”. However I realize that government intervention in this matter is a waste; it really makes no difference. If we make all drugs legal (there’s plenty of people dying anyways on pharmacy drugs every year) we’ll be effectively getting rid of some useless laws. Besides it is important to remember this axiom; one man’s cure is another man’s poison. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what substances someone is putting into their body if they can continue to work and function and don’t create trouble for others. You can argue that something like meth or cocaine or whatever is extremely harmful but then so is huffing gasoline and paint thinners and taking anti-depressants or doing jenk em’. Everything I just listed is stuff you can find in any house or that are legal and given out by doctors.
    Concerning corporate donations, don’t you think if you ban them, they will just find another way to give politician’s money when they want to bribe them? How are we going to make damned sure we put a stop to bribery? It’s probably at least worth a try to ban corporate donations but we may have to go further to actually stop the problem. As for auditing the bank, I have no idea how that would play out, it sounds like something that might put us at odds against the globalist bankers and cause Soros to send in his buses of foreign shills to destabilize the country and stage sham protests and maybe we’ll get invaded by NATO or the UN or something.
  • commented 2017-04-04 02:03:02 -0400 · Flag
    RE: Bryce Black

    Here is one example of corporate corruption in B.C politics here in Canada: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/politics-money-how-to-fix-bcs-corrupt-political-fundraising-system/article29590585/

    “The B.C. government should immediately ban union and corporate donations. Quebec, Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba have done this, and Ontario is about to. It is the basic first step required for getting money out of politics.”

    I am all for getting corporate money out of politics in all provinces, period. Those “donations” just turn into bribes at the end of the day, especially from rich donors.

    Here are my thoughts on those three points you made:

    In terms of drug use, I am for legalizing weed, but we should stop there personally. The harder drugs should remain criminalized for good reason.

    I want to keep our current gun-laws the way they are, and simply have stricter penalties for gun-related crimes.

    I do not know enough about the Bank of Canada to have an opinion on the issue of auditing at the moment.
  • commented 2017-04-04 01:24:26 -0400 · Flag
    Greetings Freeman;

    Just as a start from this website only, in no particular order are 3 stances that, in my opinion only- just do not reflect the mindset of the vast majority of Canadians.

    1. The decriminalization of illicit substances ensures that organized criminals, both domestic and foreign, cannot profit from the drug trade.

    2. The official position of the Libertarian Party of Canada is to remove the prohibitions and legislative obstacles for the ownership of guns by peaceful citizens for the purposes of recreation, self-defence and hunting.

    3.Audit the Bank of Canada’s effect on inflation and gradually phase out government control over the money supply.

    Just a few. I could cut and paste the things I absolutely love with regards to the platform but that is not the point I’m trying to convey. Two of the aforementioned are just blind random statements.

    How can one ensure that criminal elements will not profit from decriminalization? What will auditing The Bank of Canada do for average Canadians? And who is left to monitor monetary policy if it isn’t a government function? The free market? There certainly isn’t any corruption or greed in Corporate Canada…….

    As for the gun issue- I get it. I’m a responsible gun owner myself. I grew up with a working respect for firearms in rural Ontario. However, most of Canadian society does not see things the same way- especially younger voters in a city environment. This factor is a massive stumbling block.

    Don’t get me wrong- I truly love the majority of the platform, but this party needs more relevant substance and less ambiguous statements.

    Just one average guys opinion.
  • commented 2017-04-04 00:33:28 -0400 · Flag
    Bruce;
    Can you be more specific about which platform/policy is a problem? perhaps it’s just the wording…
  • commented 2017-04-04 00:11:48 -0400 · Flag
    Greetings all;

    I love some of The Libertarian platform. I’ve also been a supporter of the party of the last 5 years or so.

    The results of the by election tonight have just confirmed my original beliefs that this party has to get off some of the bat sh&t crazy platform ideas. If the goal is to garner .5 to .75 of a percentage point, then stay the course. However, if you really want to make a dent, or a difference in election results- a move to a more centralist platform in some areas is a must.

    Now, that said- I would never want to witness a more ‘liberal’ or ’conservative ’ Libertarian agenda- but some of the party ideals are just too fu@&$ng extreme.

    If love nothing more to once again support the Libertarian party in future elections, however if you don’t alter your platform to cover a more inclusive support base- I’m out.

    Looking forward to the future of The Libertarian Party of Canada. Hopefully you are as well.

    Bryce
  • commented 2017-04-04 00:11:48 -0400 · Flag
    Greetings all;

    I love some of The Libertarian platform. I’ve also been a supporter of the party of the last 5 years or so.

    The results of the by election tonight have just confirmed my original beliefs that this party has to get off some of the bat sh&t crazy platform ideas. If the goal is to garner .5 to .75 of a percentage point, then stay the course. However, if you really want to make a dent, or a difference in election results- a move to a more centralist platform in some areas is a must.

    Now, that said- I would never want to witness a more ‘liberal’ or ’conservative ’ Libertarian agenda- but some of the party ideals are just too fu@&$ng extreme.

    If love nothing more to once again support the Libertarian party in future elections, however if you don’t alter your platform to cover a more inclusive support base- I’m out.

    Looking forward to the future of The Libertarian Party of Canada. Hopefully you are as well.

    Bryce
  • commented 2017-04-04 00:11:48 -0400 · Flag
    Greetings all;

    I love some of The Libertarian platform. I’ve also been a supporter of the party of the last 5 years or so.

    The results of the by election tonight have just confirmed my original beliefs that this party has to get off some of the bat sh&t crazy platform ideas. If the goal is to garner .5 to .75 of a percentage point, then stay the course. However, if you really want to make a dent, or a difference in election results- a move to a more centralist platform in some areas is a must.

    Now, that said- I would never want to witness a more ‘liberal’ or ’conservative ’ Libertarian agenda- but some of the party ideals are just too fu@&$ng extreme.

    If love nothing more to once again support the Libertarian party in future elections, however if you don’t alter your platform to cover a more inclusive support base- I’m out.

    Looking forward to the future of The Libertarian Party of Canada. Hopefully you are as well.

    Bryce
  • commented 2017-04-04 00:11:47 -0400 · Flag
    Greetings all;

    I love some of The Libertarian platform. I’ve also been a supporter of the party of the last 5 years or so.

    The results of the by election tonight have just confirmed my original beliefs that this party has to get off some of the bat sh&t crazy platform ideas. If the goal is to garner .5 to .75 of a percentage point, then stay the course. However, if you really want to make a dent, or a difference in election results- a move to a more centralist platform in some areas is a must.

    Now, that said- I would never want to witness a more ‘liberal’ or ’conservative ’ Libertarian agenda- but some of the party ideals are just too fu@&$ng extreme.

    If love nothing more to once again support the Libertarian party in future elections, however if you don’t alter your platform to cover a more inclusive support base- I’m out.

    Looking forward to the future of The Libertarian Party of Canada. Hopefully you are as well.

    Bryce
  • commented 2017-04-03 22:41:32 -0400 · Flag
    Concerning the stances on drugs and prostitution I am in full agreement. Absolutely all drugs should be made legal — but bad behavior while on those drugs should not be excused. I don’t believe in reduced responsibility for drunk and high people that end up harming others if anything they should be punished the more severely. Everyone should be allowed to use whatever drugs they want but if they create problems for others (e.g. driving their car into a store and running over people) because they are irresponsible they are going to have be punished. I personally don’t even drink coffee, smoke, or drink alcohol, or have any interest in any drugs be they pharmacy drugs like anti-depressants or the kind that are illegal today, nor in paying a woman for sex. I advocate asceticism for myself and others who want to follow my path; but the real issue with drugs for me isn’t the drugs themselves but the behavior of those using them. I do not want to be exposed to people’s drug use involuntarily; so I hope smoking cigarettes inside of buildings is not legalized. If it is legalized then it should be on a per-business basis, where the owners of the building get to decide if it’s ok or not, so nobody who owns say a restaurant is forced to let people smoke in their building because telling them not to would be a violation of their individual right. Here the rights of the owner of the building should trump that of the individual who chooses to enter that building. If people are doing their drugs in private away from me it’s their own issue and doesn’t interfere with my life so much, I’m not inhaling second hand smoke I never consented to. With stronger free speech laws and a more “libertarian” cultural attitude in Canada I’ll also be able to more freely tell people what I think about them without the government then deciding I’m committing some kind of discrimination.
  • commented 2017-04-03 22:25:13 -0400 · Flag
    Canada needs a culture war to reform its military. The military must not be seen as a big welfare program for losers looking for comfort and an easy life while doing their best not to get deployed and secretly planning to desert or fight against the country if the National Guard actually has to be used. Canadian soldiers who are cowards, who think like this, should not be discharged but should be put through hell and used for hard and dangerous labor, and never given respect until they become actual zealots of Canadian Nationalism. I am sure there are many Canadian soldiers with the right mentality ready to make sacrifices for the nation; but our government is doing its best to poz up the military, making it weak and effeminate and ineffective, and trying to put in place (in the high command) individuals who will work to turn our military into a joke. The military naturally resists these kinds of changes the government tries to make and to ignore whatever bullshit is going on in Ottawa but can’t survive these assaults in the long-run if they keep going for decades on end. What attitude would a Libertarian Canada have towards its military? What would our expectations be? What would our official policies be?

    The policy outlined above that would end foreign involvement, end foreign aid, etc. is absolutely solid. I will be so elated it can be hardly described how happy I’ll be to see Canada one day bring home its troops and end our involvement in these bullshit conflicts that are none of our business. We must however have a very strong and loyal military that the rest of the world fears to mess with. We should also make some serious efforts to arm every single Canadian citizen, to encourage every able-bodied male and even the women to own a gun and know how to use it, and to have some basic military training. Many countries could invade America but they could never hold it; they would encounter resistance everywhere from the native population that is heavily armed and patriotic.

    Another issue I want to comment on is what are we going to do about prisons and the penal system? We have so many people sitting in prison. I don’t know if any of you know about David Myatt but he wrote some very solid arguments against prisons and I would like anyone browsing this comments section to give him a read ( https://pastebin.com/5SRLbQnL ). Having people sit around in prison for years is absurd; at most we should have people sit around in confinement somewhere until they have sobered up, a few days to maybe a month, as we do with rehab. We need to deal with criminals more efficiently and effectively. If we evaluate them as unfit for living in our society and beyond reformation, they ought to be simply executed (main argument against this seems to be the idea an innocent man wrongly convicted could be killed and this is unacceptable but I think some collateral damage is acceptable). Otherwise they should be quickly rehabilitated and made to make amends, working off their debts, etc. Something else I’d like to mention is that our prisons right now are full of illegals who have come into this country and who get caught and they have to sit there in prison for months or years (especially the men have to sit around the longest, women and children get deported quicker) because they must wait for their home country to pay for their ticket back. I don’t know what costs us more; keeping them in prison so long feeding them and taking care of their needs while they live in there, or just buying the damned ticket and sending them right away back to their home country on the first flight that is available. We need to make our deportation process more efficient and we need to make coming into this country illegally far more risky and unattractive for these people. I’ve known of many cases of people being deported in Europe who just immediately walk back into Europe on foot again. It may be for the better that if the country they come from doesn’t want to pay their ticket back and handle the problem themselves, we just execute these illegals. Sob stories be damned, they will stop trying to come here and put themselves in danger, and there’ll be less instances of scenarios like children washing up on a beach having drowned trying to illegally immigrate.

    In the past we didn’t have the big prisons we do today that hold so many people in them for years on end but we had ways of dealing with criminal behavior and resolving disputes to the satisfaction of all parties involved.
  • commented 2017-04-03 21:35:15 -0400
    We are a nation and the very foundation of a nation is borders. I think to myself, and I believe many around the world would share the same sentiment as me, that it would be better to be homeless and destitute in Canada than rich in China. I think all the millionaire Chinese that leave China in droves and come here are testament to the correctness of my belief; that even with their wealth the country is too dystopian for them to want to stick around. As long as there’s food, a reasonably clean environment, and a population that is kind and benevolent (not going to murder you for being homeless), the life in Canada is better than a lot of the world. Maybe an immigration filter that is based on quality of life measurements would be sensible. Immigrants can only come from nations that have a similar quality of life as Canada. This will prevent us from being overwhelmed with desperate people pouring in who accept a low standard of living. It does not however prevent the more wealthy and affluent foreigners from potentially buying up a lot of Canada, having duel citizenship and real estate here in Canada, and maybe renting to Canadians and siphoning the money out of the country. The liberty and freedom is for our people — not foreigners (and especially not ones that would give only lip service to those ideals while working to undermine them and destroy the economic and cultural foundations of the country, exploiting Canada and then leaving when the going gets tough and the country needs its true patriots to fight for her, so many people are just here to make money and leave and don’t care what damage they do to the country, they don’t care about what condition Canada will be in 100 or a 1000 years from now). Think of the people who come to America and demand they get rid of their gun laws; they should just go live in the United Kingdom and stay out. I don’t find foreign influences on our politics, such as masses of immigrants brought in who all just vote liberal, a good thing. The people whose allegiances are to Canada, who’ve really put down their roots here and see it as their land for better or worse, should not be overwhelmed by economic opportunists here in search of a job or to simply avoid the problems in their own country. If people in other countries want to live by the same ideals, they should work to transform the political landscape within their own countries, and adopt the principles of Libertarianism there. The immigrants overwhelmingly just want to play dress up and maybe sing the national anthem and of course they’re happy because they’re getting all these free hand-outs and probably thinking to themselves about what fools the Canadians are. Most Canadians will abandon this country; just like these refugees abandoning their respective nations, as soon as it can’t be exploited any further and is faced with collapse or strife. How many Canadians have the mentality that they were put in this country by God to cultivate it, strengthen it, and die for it if need be? That there was no mistake about their being born here, that this is where their efforts are needed. When we work for the betterment of our own nation and people, our wealth and success will inevitably pour over in some way or other; maybe we will take humanity far out into space, or drive the technology forward that benefits the whole world. If we are a self-defeating people who let ourselves be displaced by foreign demographics we will do nothing for the world. Nationalism should be embraced by all peoples, the dysfunctional societies with inferior ideals and a sickly culture will suffer until they are ready to reorient themselves towards a more sane way of life, and make the necessary sacrifices to achieve it. We shouldn’t be letting people in from these failed nations, they either won’t learn their lesson and will push for the same policies and reforms that made life so intolerable for them back at home, or they will have learned their lesson but they won’t be able to apply it to their own nation and fight to make things right because they just upped and leaved.
    At least if a Canadian is willing to put up a substantial sum of money, like ten thousand dollars to bring in an immigrant, and basically cover all the costs for them that means the immigrant is very much loved by a Canadian. The only thing I could think of that might be wrong with this plan is some scheme where someone pays out that sum over and over just to bring in more workers for their company and not because they on a personal level love them so much they want to take on a financial burden like that to bring them here.
    Perhaps a combination of only allowing immigrants from countries with a similar or higher quality of life, making it a requirement that all immigrants join the Canadian military, and that there is a Canadian somewhere in this country willing to pay 10 thousand for them to be here, along with all the reformations to social programs etc. that Libertarianism would involve, and I might feel very differently about the people that come over here.
  • commented 2017-04-03 20:49:55 -0400 · Flag
    Hello Fringe Wizard, your passion and zeal for Canada is infectious and gives me hope for our country’s future. I can sense your frustration with the status quo of Canadianism and I can certainly relate. Our nation is deteriorating in terms of production, morale, etc etc and we need BIG changes and not just “feel good” adjustments.
    I must however disagree with your attack of new immigrants to Canada, not because you don’t have some great insight but because you have forgot the important essence of Libertarianism. Liberty/ Freedom is the most important gift a nation can give to its citizens or anybody else for that matter and restricting the free movement of humans across arbitrary borders is harmful and a violation of “laissez faire”. If we would be so bold as to eliminate much or all of Canada’s harmful welfare state policies and wealth redistribution agendas [ eg socialized health care, mother’s allowance, property taxes, income taxes, tariffs etc etc], I think you would find most if not all of your immigration complaints would be eliminated and so would the attraction of people who wish to come to Canada for a “free ride”……cheers !
  • commented 2017-04-03 13:53:27 -0400 · Flag
    If Quebec left Canada it would be entirely to the detriment of Quebec / the French. They could leave and I don’t think anyone would care besides people in that province who realize what harm they would be doing on themselves. If Ontario left, that province would be faced with economic collapse, and the rest of Canada would cheer. Ontario is where liberal policies reign supreme and most of the immigrants are to be found. Now if Alberta or one of the Western Provinces left that would be very serious. They, with their resources, prop up the whole Canadian economy. So how can anyone here say immigrants bring us more wealth? Is Ontario in a better position because it’s been flooded with foreigners who are changing the demographics and destroying whatever Canadian identity might have existed? I don’t think so. More immigrants just means your own labor is devalued, the cost of living goes up, you can’t afford any land or you work all your life just to pay rent, and other problems. The real source of our wealth is the western provinces. Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia are economic parasites and I’m saying this as someone who has lived only in Ontario all my life. I think our situation would be much better if all the policies concerning immigration that were put in place since Trudeau’s father never happened (although it would be better if we rolled things back even further). I agree also that we need to shutdown any programs supporting immigrants, we should just make a rule that if someone wants to come here than they need to find a Canadian citizen who is willing to pay $10,000 CDN minimum for them to come and they have to join the army. The joining our military requirement filters out undesirables who’d never do it because it would be seen as treason to whatever militant groups they already belong to. I also think that while they are in the military our soldiers can closely observe the new recruits and test them and see if they truly owe their allegiances to Canada or to some foreign or globalist interests. If you are a globalist btw you are little more than a traitor to Canada, putting the interests of everyone else first over that of Canadians.
  • commented 2017-04-02 21:40:41 -0400 · Flag
    Any discussion of the role of immigration to Canada [ or any nation for that matter ] must be cautious to avoid:
    1- Any agreement with population control measures or worse population reduction measures which continue to have disastrous consequences all over the world [ eg China one child policy with forced abortions or UN funded forced sterilization programs etc].
    2- Any anti- spirituality discussions [ ANY involvement of governments in any kind of religious/ spirituality discussions have had HORRIBLE historical consequences eg Spanish Inquisition, Naziism etc ]
    3- Any empowerment of centralized governments to control groups of people by force of any kind

    Libertarianism always supports everyone’s freedom to decide for themselves how and where they will live as long as it does not restrict the liberty of others. Accordingly, the real problem of immigration is the Welfare State and forced taxpayer based social programs that force citizens by taxation to financially support new Canadians. Let us be quick to welcome people who wish to bring their skills and labour to Canada and encourage Canadians to freely and by choice help integrate new people but clearly communicate that there will be “NO FREE LUNCHES” for any that come. You come “on your own dime” and by your own resources. All new immigrants should be isolated from any government social programs until such time as their tax revenues pay for their liabilities [ or better yet, scrap all the social programs in entirety !!]