Libertarian Party of Canada candidates, 1988 Canadian federal election

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The Libertarian Party of Canada fielded a number of candidates in the 1988 federal election, none of whom were elected. Information about these candidates may be found here.

Alberta[edit]

Calgary West: David Faren[edit]

Faren listed himself as an advertising consultant. In 1997, he wrote an article sympathetic to efforts to change Canada's cannabis laws.[1] He received 225 votes (0.41%) in 1993, finishing fifth against Progressive Conservative incumbent James Hawkes.

Edmonton Southwest: R. John Hayes[edit]

Hayes was a freelance writer at the time of the 1988 election. He received 356 votes to finish fifth of six candidates against Progressive Conservative incumbent Jim Edwards.

Manitoba[edit]

Winnipeg South: Jim Weidman[edit]

Weidman received 168 votes, finishing fifth against Progressive Conservative candidate Dorothy Dobbie.

Ontario[edit]

Kingston and the Islands: John Hayes[edit]

Hayes was a civil engineer in Peterborough, and was fifty years old at the time of the election. He graduated from Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute and Queen's University in Kingston.

He was a perennial candidate for the Libertarian Party of Canada and the Libertarian Party of Ontario. In 1984, he led a four-day libertarian convention at Trent University (Globe and Mail, 21 May 1984). His wife Sally Hayes and son John Scott Hayes have been candidates of the Libertarian Party (Kingston Whig-Standard, 19 November 1988).

He allowed his name to stand in the 1988 election for Kingston when no local candidate came forward, and acknowledged that he would not be able to campaign actively in the riding. He said, "Think of it as kind of the Chilean factor, if people want to say no to the powers-that-be. I let my name stand so people will have a choice if they want one and they don't want to continue voting for any of the major socialist parties that we have in the country." (Kingston Whig-Standard, 25 October 1988). (The "Chilean factor" comment refers to the 1988 referendum in that country that brought an end to Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship.)

Hayes supported "total free-trade" in the 1988 election, and was skeptical that the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiated by the government of Brian Mulroney did not go far enough. He predicted he would receive between 200 and 500 votes, and received 301 (KWS, 23 November 1988).

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1977 provincial Peterborough Libertarian 341 4/4 John Turner, Progressive Conservative
1979 federal Peterborough Libertarian 787 4/6 Bill Domm, Progressive Conservative
1980 federal Victoria—Haliburton Libertarian 367 4/4 Bill Scott, Progressive Conservative
1981 provincial Peterborough Libertarian 787 2.01 4/6 John Turner, Progressive Conservative
1984 federal Peterborough Libertarian 1,479 2.87 4/6 Bill Domm, Progressive Conservative
1988 federal Kingston and the Islands Libertarian 301 0.53 5/5 Peter Milliken, Liberal

Scarborough Centre: Dusan Kubias[edit]

Kubias was a quality-control inspector for an engineering firm in the 1980s, and ran for the federal and provincial Libertarian parties on four occasions. He also ran for the leadership of the federal party in 1987, but lost to Dennis Corrigan.[1] During the 1987 provincial election, he said that he would abolish taxes and dramatically reduce the size of government.[2] Kubias was twenty-four years old in 1987.

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1984 federal York West Libertarian 335 4/7 Sergio Marchi, Liberal
1985 provincial York South Libertarian 343 1.13 6/6 Bob Rae, New Democratic Party
1987 provincial York South Libertarian 411 1.47 4/4 Bob Rae, New Democratic Party
1988 federal Scarborough Centre Libertarian 342 4/4 Pauline Browes, Progressive Conservative

Scarborough West: Anna Young[edit]

Young was a self-employed advertising consultant at the time of the election, and spoke of eliminating "our growing dependence on government and its bureaucrats" (Toronto Star, 18 November 1988). She received 459 votes (1.10%), finishing fourth against Liberal candidate Tom Wappel.

Quebec[edit]

See also Neal Ford

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Libertarian Party members gather here to pick new leader", Toronto Star, 16 May 1987, A8; Henry Hess, "Libertarians meet amid little hoopla", Globe and Mail, 18 May 1987, A9; "'From fringes to mainstream,' new Libertarian leader vows", Globe and Mail, 19 May 1987, A13. The latter article indicates that Corrigan received 76% ballot support at the party's leadership convention.
  2. ^ "The choices in metro", Toronto Star, 7 September 1987, A8.