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Federal Election October 2019

We have three federal candidates for the October 2019 election in Alberta:

Tim Moen in Calgary Confederation

Cory Lystang in Yellowhead

Robert McFadzean in Lakeland

Robert McFadzean – Independent Candidate for Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainsright

This is Robert’s platform:

  • I have no desire to dictate how other people’s income is used. Consequently, I would support any legislation that decreases government spending and decreases or eliminates taxes.  I would oppose any legislation that increases government spending or increases taxes.
  • I have no desire to dictate what other people choose to do with their lives.  Consequently, I would support any legislation that decreases or eliminates government regulation of individuals or businesses.  I support laws that prohibit any form of assault and any form of theft. I would oppose any expansion of government regulation and bureaucracy.
  • I have no desire to live by the support of taxpayers.  I would expect  expenses directly related to being an member of the legislative assembly to be covered by my MLA salary. Any monies received over and above expenses would be put in trust for the purpose of promoting liberty. (I deem it unwise to return such monies to government where it will be misused.)

If there are other libertarians that running as independent candidates, contact robertforliberty@gmail.com to have their candidacy announced here.

If there are other libertarians who are running as independent candidates, contact robertforliberty@gmail.com to have you candidacy announced here.

Constitution, By-Laws, Policy

I propose that the Alberta Libertarians adopt a modified version of the Libertarian Party of Canada (LPC) Constitution, By-Laws, and Statement of Policy.  These modified versions are now posted here and were modified to work for the Alberta provincial party.  The changes can be seen by looking for the strike-outs.

Last year a number of us tried to come up with these documents as the first step to forming an Alberta libertarian party.  It was a struggle and didn’t get completed.  I have been thinking that I am a member of the LPC and ran as a LPC candidate in the last federal election.  There are parts of the LPC documents that I don’t agree with, but I can live with it.  If I can live with it, maybe we can all live with it and move forward.  Post your thoughts on forum.albertalibertarian.ca

My Platform

Since we don’t seem to be able to get together to form the Alberta Libertarians, I will probably run as an independent in the next provincial election.  My main purpose in doing so is that I want to be able to vote for liberty rather than some variation of tax and regulate government.  This is the platform that I would run under:

  • I have no desire to dictate how other people’s income is used. Consequently, I would support any legislation that decreases or eliminates taxes and oppose any legislation that increases taxes.
  • I have no desire to dictate what other people choose to do with their lives.  Consequently, I would support any legislation that decreases or eliminates government regulation of individuals or businesses.  I support laws that prohibit any form of assault and any form of theft. I would oppose any expansion of government regulation and bureaucracy.
  • I have no desire to live by the support of taxpayers.  I would expect taxpayers to reimburse me for expenses directly related to being an member of the legislative assembly. Any monies received over and above expenses would be put in trust for the purpose of promoting liberty. (I deem it unwise to return such monies to government where it will be misused.)

Let’s Register An Alberta Libertarian Party

To register an Alberta Libertarian Party requires 7,868 acceptable signatures or candidates in at least half of the 87 electoral districts.  Go to the Contact Form in the menu above and enter your contact information.  When we get enough people on board, we will start the process of registering the party.

There is no widget to update the number of contacts immediately.

The first contact was recorded 27 Apr 2016.

As of 21:30  23 Jun 2018 we have 84 contacts.

Maybe we will all have to run as candidates to meet the requirement to have candidates in at least half the electoral districts!!

Money, Banking, and Government

Money is useful or more correctly, essential, as a medium of exchange in a free enterprise, capitalistic economy. This type of economy has a large number of products and services, and a high degree of specialization. Consequently, people are occupied with their specialized work and don’t have time or means to produce all the products and services that they need and want. People exchange their specialized work for money and then use this money to exchange for the results of other people’s work.

Money represents productive work and it is illegal and illegitimate to make money by non-productive means called counterfeiting. Counterfeit money does not represent productive work so that if it mixes in the money supply, the counterfeit money will dilute the value of the money representing productive work. This is a form of stealing and a violation of the property rights of everyone whose money has been devalued.

Fractional banking is legal and consists of lending more than the bank has on reserve. These loans do not represent productive work since they are simply numbers added to an account balance. These loans enter the money supply and dilute or devalue the money. The difference between devaluation due to fractional banking and counterfeiting by private individuals, is that fractional banking is legal, and the scale is so large as to render the devaluation due to private counterfeiting irrelevant.

Besides legalizing fractional banking, governments also engage in a manipulation of money to monetize debt. In this process, the government incurs an obligation and pays for it by printing money. Once again, this money does not represent productive work, will enter the money supply, and devalue the money. And again this is legal, and on a grand scale.

The devaluation of money by fractional banking and government money manipulation is easy to do with fiat money which has no commodity base. Fiat money is simply paper supported by legal tender laws. The value of fiat money is not tied to anything like a precious metal, so the amount of fiat money can be increased at will. It is the people doing productive work that lose due to the devaluation of money. People tend to pay more for products and services over time, not because these things are worth more, but rather because the money is worth less.

In a truly free enterprise economy, things get cheaper as the capital expands. Consider the difference between digging a hole with your bare hands or using a shovel or using a backhoe. Capital is productive resources and as people accumulate these resources they become more efficient and productive so that the cost of what they are producing decreases and things become cheaper. Computers have come down in price even in the midst of money devaluation. The computers are more dramatic because it is emerging technology. Gasoline priced in gold is cheaper in 2014 than it was in 1960.

We should have stable money that keeps its value and fairly represents the productive work for which people are paid. This is possible if the devaluation of money by fractional banking and government money manipulation is illegal just like counterfeiting by individuals.

Minimum Wage Laws

A wage is a price that employers are willing to pay for an employee. Prices are subject to the law of demand. We have all seen the effect of demand where a price goes up and people buy less or a price goes down and people buy more. Setting a minimum wage increases the price to employ a whole group of people which will eventually result in an increase in unemployment including those persons who will now give up on the job market and are not counted in government unemployment numbers. Employers will adjust the way they run their businesses by changing the duties of a fewer number of employees or perhaps by introducing capital assets so a fewer number of employees can be more productive. People work for low wages because their lack of skills and experience puts them at that level of productivity. The way to increase productivity and the associated wage level is to increase skills and experience. The first step to increased productivity is to gain skills and experience in a low paying job, a step that is not available for many due to minimum wage laws. Many politicians and their supporters think the minimum wage is compassionate while in fact it consigns many to despair of being able to work. One does wonder about the sincerity of politicians since they increase the minimum wage a few dollars rather than to something like thirty dollars. Minimum wage laws are a prime example of the untended consequences of government intervention in the economy where those it is supposed to help are actually hurt.

Government does NOT create jobs

I have noticed in the press that once again government is saying that they are creating jobs. If government returning tax funds to the private sector creates jobs, then when the taxes are taken out of the private sector, jobs are destroyed. It would be more accurate to say that government is restoring previously destroyed jobs in the private sector while incurring administrative costs in taking the taxes out and then putting them back in. The next worst thing the government does is destroy productive jobs in the private sector and replace them with productive jobs in the public sector which are less effective due to bureaucratic management. The next worst thing the government does is destroy productive jobs in the private sector and replace them with unproductive jobs in the public sector. The next worst thing the government does is destroy productive jobs in the private sector and replace them with bureaucratic waste and inefficiency. Canadian governments take over 40% of the annual private sector income in taxes which is a tremendous loss in potential investment and the associated employment. Governments ignore the negative effect they have on the economy. When a government claims to be creating jobs either they are dishonest or they do not understand the impact of taxes on the economy. The truth is that the net effect of governments is to destroy jobs. Robert McFadzean

Four Reasons to Vote Libertarian

Check this out; especially the fourth reason which both Tim and I think is the most important one. It has to do with integrity in that we are all libertarians in our private lives, but we support something entirely different as voters.

Federal Election 2015

Please support libertarian candidates in the current 2015 federal election.  If we could elect even one libertarian in this election, it would give a big boost to the libertarian cause here in Alberta.  Even a good showing in this election will be advantageous and help to get our provincial party going.  Here are candidates who are running:

  • Calgary Forest Lawn – Matt Badura
  • Calgary Heritage – Steven  Paolasini
  • Calgary Nose Hill – Edward  Gao
  • Calgary Signal Hill – Tim Moen
  • Edmonton Griesbach – Maryna  Goncharenko
  • Edmonton Mill Woods – Allen K.W.  Paley
  • Edmonton Riverbend – Steven Lack
  • Edmonton Strathcona – Malcolm Stinson
  • Edmonton West – Alexander Dussault
  • Edmonton – Wetaskiwin – Brayden Whitlock
  • Foothills – Cory Morgan
  • Fort McMurray – Cold Lake – Scott Berry
  • Grande Prairie – MacKenzie – Dylan Thompson
  • Lakeland – Robert George McFadzean
  • Peace River – Westlock – Jeremy Sergeew
  • Red Deer – Mountain View – James Walper
  • Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan – Steven Burry
  • Yellowhead – Cory Lystang