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.

Meet our Executive Council

Party Leader

Keith MacIntyre

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Keith MacIntyre has lived in Penticton for the last 10 years. He is the owner of Big Bear Software and President of the Okanagan School of the Arts. Over the last 2 decades he has seen firsthand the inefficiencies in government procurement in the defense, medical and throughout government ministries. He has been disillusioned with partisan politics for a long time and believes that the current state of democracy, polarized politics and perpetuating bureaucracy is damaging to Canadians. Finding the BC Libertarian has given him hope that we can make a real difference in reducing the size of government and taking back our individual freedoms and live as freely as we all deserve.
Deputy Leader

Sandra Filosof-Schipper

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I was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to Canada in the 1970s. I am a proud and grateful Canadian Citizen. I grew up in Vancouver in the quiet neighbourhood of Oakridge. I have been married for 23 years and have three children who are my pride and joy. For work, I run our family businesses. For fun I practice martial arts and love scuba diving. I have a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA. My passion is political policy. My goal is to ascertain that each and every British Columbian has freedom, prosperity, and the right to live as they see fit. I never forget that there is no place like BC!
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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Treasurer

Dylan Davison

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Secretary

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.
Executive Director

Maizy Thorvaldson

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Maizy joined the Party in 2020 and currently leads our Outreach team. She lives in East Vancouver and studies Philosophy at UBC. Maizy is a Student Affiliate at Heterodox Academy, a non-profit organization that aims to promote and preserve open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in academia. https://heterodoxacademy.org/

She works at the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), an American nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity. www.fairforall.org

Executive Director

Rachel Whitehouse

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Rachel has been a Party member since 2020 and quickly immersed herself in the party by heading the quarterly newsletter and becoming a member of the executive. She lives in the beautiful Nicola Valley on a hobby farm with her family and is an advocate of local agriculture. She has a Masters of Environmental Science, works as a Rangeland Agrologist and is an active co-leader for the local NatureKids group. Growing up, she saw how policies of the BC NDP government destroyed her grandparents' Long Term Care business and most recently she has been appalled by the big parties' tendency to create hate and division to capitalize on it politically. She is excited to make libertarianism a real choice for British Columbians."
Executive Director

Josh Hardy

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Josh has been active in the Party since 2017 and currently leads the Outreach team. He lives in Vancouver.
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.
Past President

Paul Matthews

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Paul sat as President of the Party from 2018-2020, and continues his involvement leading the Constitution and Ways and Means committees.
Find here a link to the current version of our Party Constitution and Bylaws:

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS 2020 REVISION