BC Libertarians Gear Up For 2017

Writing this on Christmas Eve as I am, it’s interesting to notice the calculated timing behind a recent explosion of activity from “Today’s BC Liberals”. As if perfectly stepping to a script, the BC Liberals have become a suddenly active and interventionist force in the province. With the recent slew of announcements including tax hikes and other cost increases also came the expected bounty of “free stuff” to placate voters. To my way of thinking these gifts arrive just in time for the holidays, and vote buying has never looked so sickeningly obvious.
Most alarming among the various new fees and tax hikes are the misguided Foreign Buyers Tax, the absolutely ridiculous “First Time Home Buyers” fund… and the incredible announcement that ICBC Premiums could increase as much as 42%. Property tax hikes in Vancouver which will (somehow) combat the fentanyl crisis and MSP slated for another tick upwards.
This is the modus operandi of the Liberal movement in Canada, isn’t it? “Spend as much as possible before someone stops us!” That certainly seems like the angle from the federal government, as they stack tens of billions in debt on the backs of our children. This of course comes alongside a federal dictate that forces the provinces to adopt a carbon tax scheme by 2018, reaching a mandated $50 per tonne by 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says revenue generated by pricing carbon is designed to stay within each province, but this doesn’t change the fact that in the end consumers will foot the bill, at the till.
Merry Christmas, Sincerely… Socialism.
Yes. As we get ready to spend time with family and look forward to a new year, 2017 promises to be one of the best for Libertarians the world over. In countries all across the globe, people are waking up to the reality of authoritarian government, and the left-right paradigm is being slowly but surely discarded. The British Columbia Libertarian Party in particular has undergone a complete revamp over 2016, and I am proud to say we are well on our way towards an incredibly successful election season in May 2017.
Our new Leader Clayton Welwood and the executives of the Party have been working hard behind the scenes developing a full-scale campaign across the province. We have candidates from many ridings lined up at the door, waiting to be reviewed and approved by the board. It’s inspiring to see so many people stepping up to represent Libertarian ideas in BC, especially now that the Liberals have kicked into full gift-giving mode. We’ve been developing our new platform, policies, statement of principles, and other important documents, and all of these efforts come together on our brand new website.

Make no mistake – Libertarians are not going anywhere but up. Our ideas stand on firm principles, our platform is sensible and welcomes a broad range of voters to our Party. Liberty has never looked as good as it does heading into 2017. Watch our blog for steady updates as we announce candidates, platform planks and more starting this January.

 – Kyle McCormack
Board Member