Purpose of the Party

The purpose of the Party is to bring about the election of BC Libertarian Party candidates to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in promoting the following core principles.

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That no individual or group is permitted to initiate the use of force or fraud against any
 other,
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That the universal natural rights to life, liberty, property, expression, and the peaceful 
pursuit of happiness are essential to the preservation of civil society
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That the role of government is to protect and preserve such rights, and
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That the citizens of British Columbia have the right to defend and be defended from those 
persons or institutions that seek to diminish any of the above principles.

BC’s Story, Our Story

British Columbia has always been a land of freedom and local autonomy. A land of natural beauty and plenty that nourished the growth of indigenous nations that excelled in culture, craftsmanship and wealth. A land that thrived on trade and entrepreneurship as newcomers landed on its shores. A land where hard work, innovation, tolerance, and civility have combined with stewardship of the natural environment to make this one of the most liveable places on earth.

But the values that made BC great are not etched in stone. They require continuous renewal, and the fundamental rights that allow us to exercise these values require constant defending. British Columbians have always moved with the winds of change, but if we don’t hold fast to the values that have kept us strong, we risk being swept away in the storm.

The year of the pandemic is opening the eyes of many citizens to the false promise offered by bigger government. In times of acute crisis, such as the mass shooting earlier this year in Nova Scotia, authorities do little to protect citizens; conversely, in times of slightly elevated risk, governments use all their power to bring life to a halt. Where’s the balance?

It’s not an easy question, but the major political parties all seem to think that another government program is always the answer, and sadly, many voters seem to agree. We know that is rarely the best path, and that our vibrant civil society offers many other organic solutions.

Since 1986, the BC Libertarian Party has run candidates in provincial elections to let voters know that they have a choice other than bigger government and more taxes. We have explained how the private sector and non-governmental organizations can provide public goods, and care for society’s needy better than distant bureaucrats. We have advocated for local communities to be the most important level of government, and reduced power for career politicians in Victoria and Ottawa. Most importantly, we have fought for the fundamental rights of every citizen: life, property, freedom of expression, and the liberty to pursue one’s own vision of the good in peaceful cooperation with others.

More than ever, BC needs a strong voice for liberty, voluntary solutions, and decentralisation of power, and we need your help to be that voice.

Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

Party Leader

Don Wilson

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Don was elected Party Leader at the 2018 convention. He has been practicing law for 10 years and is a partner at a firm in New Westminster.
Deputy Leader

Bill Morrison

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Bill was elected Deputy Party Leader at the 2018 convention. He works in sales and lives in Vancouver.
President

Clayton Welwood

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Clayton has been actively involved in the Party since 2015, and ran as a candidate in North Vancouver-Seymour in 2017. He works as a project manager in the construction industry, and lives with his wife and children in his hometown of North Van. He has a BA in International Development and Anthropology from Trent University.
As far as political philosophy, Clayton is a classical liberal, and takes an interest in how public services can be delivered through institutions other than the state. He's a strong advocate of political decentralization and the ability of local communities to experiment with different models of governance.
Vice President

Steve Tsonev

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Ethics Committee Chair

Andrew Coombes

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Grew up in Northwestern Ontario. 2008 US presidential elections Dr. Ron Paul opened my eyes to the world of Libertarianism. I guess I was a libertarian and just didn't know it. Joined the BCLP in 2017. Just got elected to the executive for the first time this year.
Favourite quote: Taxation is theft.
Party Secretary

Kyle McCormack

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Kyle was elected Party Secretary at the 2020 AGM. He lives in Vancouver, and ran as a candidate in Shuswap in 2017. McCormack is particularly motivated as a libertarian by the issues of free speech and free markets; there's just too much authoritarian government in our lives!
Treasurer

Paul Geddes

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Paul lives in Coquitlam and teaches economics at Columbia College in Vancouver. He has been a director of the Party in various roles, including President, since the 1980's and has run as a candidate for MLA many times over the years.
Executive Director

Sandra Filosof-Schipper

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Sandra was elected as an Executive Director at the 2018 convention. She's the owner of two manufacturing businesses and lives in Vancouver
Executive Director

Neeraj Murarka

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Neeraj grew up mostly in the greater Vancouver area (Burnaby), attending Cariboo Hill Secondary. After graduating with honors from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics, he started working in the video games industry initially, then moving into high technology consulting.

Professionally, he is a scientist and technology entrepreneur. He is the CTO and co-founder of Bluzelle Networks. Bluzelle builds blockchain and distributed ledger solutions for the finance industry. He also manages Flight Level Media Inc, an aviation technology company, and is a licenced pilot, motorcyclist, a martial artist, and chess player.

He values liberty, freedom, justice, tolerance, responsibility, peace, harmony, integrity, and honesty. He wants to practice what he preaches by standing up for these values publicly.

Executive Director

Brandi McLauchlan

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Brandi McLauchlan was elected for a year term as a Director on August 8, 2020. As a Director, Brandi is responsible to help implement the strategic vision of the Party and to help develop policy. She owns a marketing consulting company and lives in the Okanagan Valley.