June 18, 2017

Staying true to liberty: Libertarian Party sees surge in support after Bernier’s loss

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator
 

Maxime Bernier was the most libertarian candidate in the CPC leadership race, which is partly why after his unsuccessful bid, the Libertarian Party of Canada adopted his freedom friendly policies and offered him the leadership position in their party. 

After all, many bought CPC memberships to support Bernier but don’t really like the status quo in the party, so it’s not surprising that the Libertarians are now seeing a surge in support.

Watch to see my in depth interview with the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, Trevor Schmidt.

We discuss Bernier’s loss, what the reaction has been to the party, how they’re adapting Bernier’s policies and what it will mean for the CPC if they don’t adopt at least some of his liberty-oriented policies too.

The fact is, Bernier captured a lot of votes in the race so it will be interesting to see if he goes on to have a significant influence on CPC policy and also to see what kind of role he’ll play in the party under Andrew Scheer’s leadership.

Meanwhile, the Libertarian Party of Canada continues to want the government to get out of our lives regardless of what the CPC are up to.

They advocate for less government, lower taxes and more freedom and you can find more information about them at www.libertarian.ca.

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commented 2017-06-19 23:08:23 -0400
Pretty soon Angie is going to tell us that libertarianism isn’t synonymous with free speech, land rights, smaller government, personal defense, and lower taxes… He’s going to tell us the libertarianism is based on the principles of the Liberal government… Angie you are hilarious..
commented 2017-06-19 22:47:59 -0400
It’s hilarious that a couple of you are nominating Trost as compatible with the LIbertarians

Nothing about social conservatism is compatible with libertarianism, which has no patience whatsoever for government mandated morality and places a high value on freedom of individual choice.
commented 2017-06-19 20:41:36 -0400
Billy Howard,

It’s an embarrassment that Trump pulled out. He deserves all the mocking he has gotten for it.
commented 2017-06-19 18:37:41 -0400
JImmy,
The PA motion was a childish attempt at belittling Trump’s decision to pull out/renegotiate the PA.
You have to admit the motion meant nothing and was purely virtue signalling.
commented 2017-06-19 16:40:32 -0400
Andrew Sneer with his appointment by the people of Canada who chose to put him in his position as leader of the CPC did not represent their wishes even remotely..
He doesn’t challenge bad policies aimed at this country to separate us from our wealth and our freedoms but willingly secedes to the flavor of the moment appealing to the globalists.!!
I hold him 100% responsible and accountable for the negative backlash that he is now receiving after out right lying to ascend to the appointment that we gave him.
My fondest wish is that the newly revived/founded Libertarian party offers Brad Trost a leadership position in that party.
His platform mirrors and echoes the sentiments of the majority of conservative Canadians who wish to see rule of law reestablished, security at the borders and climate change debunked once and for all all the while defunding do UN.
As a citizen of the western provinces we need a better stake in
“Club Canada” or separation is all that’s left..
commented 2017-06-19 16:38:52 -0400
Jane Reece..
You must be guilty as charged..
Those that wish to create doubt use tactics like that.. Debunk as hersay..
Alex jones is a fraud and a globalist
and so are you, And as a leftist you promote pedophilia as one of many sexual preferences among the LABIFFTTQQABC crowd..!!
Go to hell and fuck spiders.!!
commented 2017-06-19 16:29:42 -0400
David White,

What does Hillary have to do with this? I don’t care about her.
commented 2017-06-19 16:15:45 -0400
Hillary calling. Jimmy Reese dear, I need you.
commented 2017-06-19 16:04:33 -0400
Billy Howard,

What specifically is childish belittling?
commented 2017-06-19 15:51:59 -0400
Jimmy, I respect your right to disagree.
IMO Harper may have stood up to Obama, but he didn’t go out of his way to childishly belittle him as Justin has done to Trump.
commented 2017-06-19 15:43:27 -0400
Billy Howard,

I disagree.

If there are fundamental differences with our two countries, you need to show that you have balls and stand up for what you believe in.

Canadians hate Trump for the most part outside of The Rebel, so what Justin did is viewed as a good thing. Just like conservatives who were praising Harper for standing up to Obama, so let’s not be hypocritical here.
commented 2017-06-19 15:40:18 -0400
Janie Reece..
You are delusional, It wouldn’t surprise me if you were a supporter of pizza gate..
But however you do tend to galvanize the right and make them stronger in there resolve to have a safer place for their children to grow while their parents can be employed at meaningful work with benefits and a pension instead of three part-time jobs to make ends meet.
So keep it up Janie you are doing your bit for us.!
commented 2017-06-19 15:33:13 -0400
Jimmy Reese:
Whether it’s Clinton or Trump in the WH doesn’t matter. A mature diplomat (which Trudeau/Scheer have proven they’re not) should leave their personal feelings hidden, be publicly neutral, and not be belligerent to our biggest trading partner.
commented 2017-06-19 15:28:45 -0400
Andrew Sneer with his appointment by the people of Canada who chose to put him in his position as leader of the CPC did not represent their wishes even remotely..
He doesn’t challenge bad policies aimed at this country to separate us from our wealth and our freedoms but willingly secedes to the flavor of the moment appealing to the globalists.!!
I hold him 100% responsible and accountable for the negative backlash that he is now receiving after out right lying to ascend to the appointment that we gave him.
My fondest wish is that the newly revived/founded Libertarian party offers Brad Trost a leadership position in that party.
His platform mirrors and echoes the sentiments of the majority of conservative Canadians who wish to see rule of law reestablished, security at the borders and climate change debunked once and for all all the while defunding do UN.
As a citizen of the western provinces we need a better stake in
“Club Canada” or separation is all that’s left..
commented 2017-06-19 15:21:22 -0400
Billy Howard,

There should be a disdain for Trump. He’s been a do nothing shit show since January. He certainly isn’t proving the naysayers wrong
commented 2017-06-19 14:44:24 -0400
Ron Voss: I don’t lay the blame on Scheer alone. There is a contingent in the CPC membership that are pro-Paris Accord and believe in substantial “man-made” climate change, and thus voted for him to be leader. There was also many that were duped into thinking Scheer had a more Canada-centric view.
But the response from Scheer should have been disgust at Justin’s blatant slam at POTUS. The motion meant nothing else. All Scheer would have to say is that he won’t play childish games with Trudeau and
CPC has, at this time, no power to withdraw or renegotiate, so a no vote (or whipped abstention) only means we refuse to play Justin’s silly game.
Even the hard core pro-Paris Accord NDP should have voted no because the motion was clearly nothing but a virtue signaling disdain for Trump.
commented 2017-06-19 14:18:17 -0400
BILLY HOWARD commented, “Scheer and Trudeau are joined at the hip when it comes to UN climate change and POTUS”. And he noted that he “whipped the CPC caucus into a ‘yeah’ vote”.

Frustrated by the conservatives having done so, I, as well, have made reference to his “whipping” his caucus to do so and realize that that is an oversimplification. Remember that there is only one MP and member of the caucus, Brad Trost, who has declared he doesn’t believe in man-made global warming and sees no reason to pursue climate politics. All the others, including Bernier, have not denounced the hoax of man-made climate change and only differ in their approach to address the ‘problem’. So, if there was a caucus meeting and three quarters stood up like Trost and said we are not going to vote “yeah”, do you think such an outcome would have occurred?

Before the final vote was taken Stephen Blaney (one of the leadership candidates) complained that the Liberals had not done enough to fight climate change and CPC MP Gerard Deltell (Quebec lieutenant and shadow finance minister) complained that the Liberals weren’t giving any credit for what Harper achieved in fighting climate change! My point: Don’t lay everything at Scheer’s feet alone!
commented 2017-06-19 13:50:28 -0400
Billy Howard,

There is NOTHING left about the CPC. They are still socially conservative, which is the opposite of the left.
commented 2017-06-19 13:45:41 -0400
JIMMY REESE….Did you drag Hillary across the finish line yet? Guaranteed win??? Your love bunny Trudeau will cook his own goose before he is done. Enjoy.
commented 2017-06-19 12:59:33 -0400
Jimmy Reece: It’s not about the cycle, it’s about the kind of Liberal leader within that cycle. There is the “democratic centre-left” Paul Martin type, and the “dictatorial far-left” Trudeau type. The upheaval wouldn’t be so great if Justin was more like Martin and less like Hugo Chavez.
And it appears the CPC has now become the new centre-left party.
commented 2017-06-19 12:13:22 -0400
Louise Leborgne ,

So hyperbolic with the Canada is doomed bullshit. Canada is still a great nation – it’s not much different now than it was in the 80’s for me. I am proud to be Canadian.

You do understand that we live in a county where we can vote for a political party to run things? I have the understanding that Conservatives may be in power again at some point and then Liberals will win again after that. It’s a cycle.

You won’t be able to live out the rest of your life with the Conservatives in power. You get that right? Even if Sheer beat Trudeau – another Liberal leader down the line with become PM again. You can’t avoid Liberals being in power, so yes – maybe you should leave Canada. Alberta can be it’s own country and you can have Conservative dictatorship forever.
commented 2017-06-19 10:53:43 -0400
Great. The vote will be split and the Libs will torture us for another 4 years. The conservatives have been looking more and more like the left so we need some upheaval but I am so worried that another 4 years of Libs will destroy what is left of this once great nation. The west needs to separate before it’s “too late.”
commented 2017-06-19 10:24:50 -0400
Everyone should realize this motion on the Paris Accord changed nothing. It was Trudeau’s way of ridiculing the POTUS decision to back out — virtue signaling his hatred of Trump.
When Scheer whipped the CPC caucus into a “yeah” vote, he was confirming his disdain for the POTUS…not good politics. Scheer’s yes vote was also to support an all-round bad document because the PA allowed for the major polluters (like India and China) to INCREASE their output of pollutants. A made-in-Canada environmental plan should have been touted.
Scheer and Trudeau are joined at the hip when it comes to UN climate change and POTUS.
Got to give Trudeau credit for managing to put a Liberal shill in control of the CPC.
commented 2017-06-19 10:22:14 -0400
Would it not be a laugh if Bernier ran as an independent or as Libertarian in Sheer’s riding and won. That would make my day.
commented 2017-06-19 10:04:34 -0400
The biggest problem with the M308 vote is that the CPC whipped the caucus to vote for it, rather than a free vote as used to be CPC tradition for private members motions and bills. Ambrose did not whip on M103. Even Harper the controller did not whip his caucus on private members’ initiatives. If Scheer is whipping on a simple private member motion, then what independence will CPC MP’s have down the road. Which means in turn, how much respect will constituents have.

I still await a reply from Viersen about M308, which he was conveniently out of the House during the vote.
commented 2017-06-19 09:44:50 -0400
YVETTE MOZOL, like you, “I am very disappointed with the way they are going” given their “support for the Paris Accord”
With respect to you indicating that, as a result, you might consider voting for a Libertarian candidate “unless the CPC starts acting like who they say they are”, consider the positions the various leadership candidates, including Bernier, held on climate change, as pointed out by the Globe & Mail:
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/alberta/conservative-leadership-candidates-offer-sharply-varied-approaches-to-climate-change/
“Two candidates in particular are staking out ground on either end of the spectrum. Social conservative MP Brad Trost does not believe in human-induced global warming, and sees no reason to pursue climate politics.
MP Michael Chong proclaims climate change to be one of the greatest environmental challenges of our generation and pledges to adopt a revenue-neutral carbon tax – a risky stand in a party that has long scorned such a measure as a job-killer and a tax on everything.
The most common position among Conservative candidates is that Canada must protect the environment, but a carbon tax is the wrong way to do it.”
Bernier fits into ‘the most common position’ which includes the new leader Scheer. Bernier was absent from the House the day the vote was taken on the Liberal’s climate change motion. So what’s with all this nonsense that things would be better with Bernier and a libertarian party?
commented 2017-06-19 08:50:14 -0400
Leviticus 2013 – I agree with calling it appointment. Great post!
commented 2017-06-19 08:28:24 -0400
Andy… Let’s quit calling the position of these politicians "power"…. I think by doing so it is predetermined to go to their heads and have them make stupid decisions. Let’s call it what it is and it is, an appointment into civil service and maybe we can refer to it as the “appointment”.
So we could say, 10 days into his appointment as opposition leader, Andrew Sneer has already stepped in it.
commented 2017-06-19 08:09:57 -0400
If you have principles, it’s hard to stick with the likes of Scheer, Brown and our current crop of Conservatives.