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.
Purpose of the Party
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
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.
Favourite quote: Taxation is theft.