Libertarian Party of Canada

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Libertarian Party of Canada
Parti libertarien du Canada
Active federal party
Leader Jacques Boudreau [1]
PresidentBrandon Kirby [2]
FounderBruce Evoy
Founded7 July 1973;49 years ago (1973-07-07) [3]
Headquarters409–207 Bank St. Ottawa, Ontario [4]
International affiliationInterlibertarians
International Alliance of Libertarian Parties
Colors  Yellow
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House of Commons
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The Libertarian Party of Canada (French : Parti libertarien du Canada) is a federal political party in Canada founded in 1973. [3] The party subscribes to classical liberal tenets, and its mission is to reduce the size, scope, and cost of government. [5] Party policies include ending drug prohibition, ending government censorship, lowering taxes, protecting gun rights, and non-interventionism. [6]



The party was founded on 7 July 1973 by Bruce Evoy (who became its first chairman) and seven others. [7] Evoy ran unsuccessfully for election to Parliament in the 1974 federal election in the Toronto riding of Rosedale. [8] [9] The party achieved registered status in the 1979 federal election by running more than fifty candidates. [10]

The party described itself as Canada's "fourth party" in the 1980s,[ citation needed ] but it has since been displaced by new parties such as the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party of Canada. The party declined to join the Reform Party of Canada when it was formed in 1987.[ citation needed ] Many Libertarians were also attracted to provincial Progressive Conservative parties that moved to the right during the 1990s in Ontario under Mike Harris and in Alberta under Ralph Klein. The decline in the party's membership and resources resulted in Elections Canada removing their status as a registered party immediately before the 1997 federal election when the party failed to run the minimum fifty candidates needed to maintain its registration.[ citation needed ]

Jean-Serge Brisson led the party from 22 May 2000 until 18 May 2008, when he was succeeded by Dennis Young. Young defeated outgoing party president Alan Mercer for the leadership. Savannah Linklater was elected deputy leader. [11] In May 2011, Katrina Chowne was elected leader of the Libertarian Party. In May 2014, Tim Moen was elected leader of the Libertarian Party.[ citation needed ]

In the 2015 federal election, the party fielded 72 candidates and solidified their position as the 6th federal party in Canada, with growth over 500% from the 2011 federal election.[ citation needed ]

The next Federal Libertarian Party of Canada Convention took place in Ottawa from 5 July through 7 July 2018, concluding on the 45th anniversary of the party. [12]

In September 2018, Moen, who had previously offered the leadership of the Libertarian Party to Maxime Bernier, stated that he was open to the idea of a merger with Bernier's People's Party of Canada. [13] When asked by Global News , Bernier indicated he had no interest in a merger. [14]

Election results

ElectionLeaderCandidatesVotesShare of popular voteShare in ridings contested
1979 Alex Eaglesham
60 / 282
1980 Vacant
58 / 282
1984 Victor Levis
72 / 282
1988 Dennis Corrigan
88 / 295
1993 Hilliard Cox
52 / 295
1997 did not contest
2004 Jean-Serge Brisson
8 / 308
10 / 308
2008 Dennis Young
28 / 308
23 / 308
2015 Tim Moen
72 / 338
24 / 338
2021 Jacques Boudreau
13 / 338

The party also nominated a number of candidates to run in by-elections:



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No.LeaderYears in office
1M. Bruce Evoy1973–1974
2Charles "Chuck" Lyall1974–1976
3Ron Bailey1976–1978
4 Alex Eaglesham 1978–1979
5Linda Cain1980–1982
6 Neil Reynolds May 1982 – 1983
7Victor Levis1983–1987
8Dennis Corrigan1987–1990
9 Stanisław Tymiński 1990–1991
10George Dance1991–1993
11Hilliard CoxMay 1993 – 1995
(10)George Dance1995–1996
12Vincent Pouliot12 May 1996 – 5 April 1997
13Robert Morse1997–1999
14 Jean-Serge Brisson 1999 – 18 May 2008
15Dennis Young18 May 2008 – May 2011
16Katrina ChowneMay 2011 – May 2014
17 Tim Moen May 2014 – 2021
18Jacques Boudreau15 August 2021 – present

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