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 2017-03-26 16:02:20 -0400 · Flag
    @william Brown re Immigration: Then don’t you agree that we need to severely limit immigration, and only import families that fill a specific need within a specific community (e.g, a hospital in Manitabo needs a doctor so we bring in a doctor and their family to that town?

    And the example you gave about the length of time it takes to train doctors has a flaw. This is specific to Canada, that there is 13 years of schooling needed. This is because Canada has rules in place that we can only train AAA doctors. When we import doctors, they usually have only 4-5 years schooling total, including bachelors. Most countries outside of Canada, US and UK offer an MD (to become a practising physician) as an undergraduate degree (4-5 years) .
  • commented 2017-03-26 03:05:39 -0400 · Flag
    It’s the first thing they say in the article.

    “Eliminate all tax credits, and replace them with 4 additional exemptions, valued at $4,000 each (Child, Senior, Disability, Student)”
  • commented 2017-03-26 02:45:43 -0400 · Flag
    As a visually impaired person currently on the Ontario Disability Support Program, I am interested to hear a libertarian stance on welfare for citizens that require it and how that would look under a libertarian government.

    As for the rest of your platform, I like what I see here very much!

    (I favor equality under the law regarding illegal immigration, however, that is a discussion for another time.)
  • commented 2017-03-25 21:25:20 -0400 · Flag
    Immigration makes our country richer a lot like how free trade makes us richer. As long as they play nice and don’t cause trouble they can contribute their skills to the Canadian economy which is better for everyone.

    This is especially clear when a certain profession lacks qualified workers. For example it would take years to train new doctors, possibly four years for undergrad, four more for post-grad and one to three years for training. That’s a minimum of seven years to train new employees in certain professions if they already have a bachelor degree. Allowing immigration would immediately ease the work load of the professions in question and allow more people to get treated and more quickly at a lower cost.
  • commented 2017-03-20 14:41:40 -0400 · Flag
    Do you guys seriously believe immigration in any way helps our nation? It absolutely does not. We don’t need any immigrants, not even from Europe. Taking on immigrants of any sort is purely to the benefit of those immigrants, not to anyone already living in Canada. I’ve voted for your party every single time I’ve ever seen a libertarian candidate available in my area; but you guys need to rethink the supposed importance of immigration. At best it has maybe benefited some corporations that exploit the cheap labour but it has never been a net positive to the country as a whole and to the average Canadian. I would like to see you guys try and actually back up your claims that immigration in any way positive to the growth and prosperity of Canada when there’s overwhelming evidence that it is NOT. The only reason I could see someone wanting to support immigration is they have some friends or relatives or something in another nation they want to bring over; well I don’t and I would like to see the population in Canada decrease as I believe it’ll increase the quality of life. Look at Japan, it’s going to be way better off, following a course of closed borders and letting the population decrease naturally. Look at China with their one-child-policy, imagine what trouble they would be in today if they didn’t have that policy? There is nothing better you can do to help the environment than to let the population decrease, no bullshit carbon taxes or other half-measures will make as big of a difference as simply reducing population. I hope we can take an honest look at this issue, this isn’t even a race thing if that’s what you’re thinking, it’s just immigrants of all sorts should not be regarded as beneficial to Canada (economically or environmentally). We have more than enough people already living in Canada and with increases in automation and some of our natural resources running out and other factors there’s going to be less and less work available for everyone in this country; which is why we must look into a Universal Basic Income or similar measures to keep people from rioting and starting a civil war when they’re out of work. The more immigrants you bring in, the bigger will be the eventual bloodbath when everything catastrophically collapses. We could let population scale itself back naturally or we can forcibly prop it up with immigration at the expense of quality of life and eventual destruction of the country. What would you prefer? Email me with your thoughts.
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