Ontario Libertarian Party

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Ontario Libertarian Party
Leader Allen Small
President Jean-Serge Brisson
Founded 1975 (1975)
Headquarters Scarborough, Ontario
Ideology Libertarianism
Colours Green
Politics of Ontario
Political parties

The Ontario Libertarian Party (OLP) is a political party in Ontario, Canada that was founded in 1975 by Bruce Evoy, Vince Miller, and others,[1] inspired by the formation three years earlier of the US Libertarian Party. The party is guided by a Statement of Principles and the philosophical ideas of Austrian School of Economics.[2][3] It is influenced by authors and thinkers like Jan Narveson and Murray Rothbard. The party's leader is Allen Small.

It claimed, for a time, to be Ontario's fourth party, but has been surpassed in popularity by the Green Party of Ontario.

In 1980 several members of the party[who?], unhappy with its direction and democratic structure, left and formed the Unparty.[citation needed] In 1984, under the leadership of Marc Emery and Robert Metz, the Unparty's name and nature changed: it became the Freedom Party of Ontario.

The party is associated with the Libertarian Party of Canada.

Election results[edit]

The party's most successful election was in the 2014 general election when the Liberals won. Libertarian candidates received 0.8% of the vote. Libertarian candidates came in fifth behind the Green, PC, Liberal and NDP candidates. [4]

Because, in part, of the Harris "Common Sense Revolution" and the appearance of the Reform Party of Ontario, the party lost momentum and had trouble finding candidates in 1995, 1999 and 2003.[citation needed] In 1995, under the leadership of John Shadbolt, the party's total vote declined to 6,085 votes. The top candidate was Robert Ede in York Centre, with 1,792 votes (2.3%). Three other candidates – Party Chairman Jean-Serge Brisson, Vice-Chairman Kaye Sargent, and Paul Barker – topped 1.0%. Shadbolt resigned one day after the 1995 election, and was replaced by George Dance on an interim basis. Sam Apelbaum was chosen as the party's full-time leader at a convention in October 1996.[5]

The demise of the Reform Party and the replacement of Mike Harris with Ernie Eves helped the party to regain membership.[citation needed] Changes to the Ontario Election Act, calling for fixed election dates at four year intervals, galvanized the party to start preparing well in advance for the 2007 general election. As a result the party fielded 25 candidates and obtained a total of 9,249 votes.[6]

Continuing its momentum in the 2011 general election, the party ran 51 candidates and won a total of 19,387 votes, 0.45% of the popular vote. This was more than double the number of candidates and votes received in the 2007 general election. Top vote getters included: David Epstein, 2.6% in York Centre; Doug McLarty, 2.1% in Scarborough-Agincourt; and Christin Milloy, 2.0% in Mississauga-Brampton South.[7]

Year of election # of candidates # of seats won # of votes % of popular vote
1975 17[8] 0 4,752
1977 31 0 9,961
1981 12[9] 0 7,087
1985 17[10] 0 12,831 0.4%
1987 25[11] 0 13,514 0.36%
1990 45[12] 0 24,613 0.61%
1995 7 0 6,085 0.15%
1999 7 0 2,337 0.05%
2003 5 0 1,991 0.04%
2007 25 0 9,249 0.21%
2011 51 0 19,387 0.45%
2014 74 0 39,201[citation needed] 0.8%

1977-1981 results: Bulletin (Ontario Libertarian Party), 13:2 (September 1987), 4.]

  • September 6, 2012 by-elections:
    • Vaughan, Paolo Fabrizio, 307 votes (1.0%), fifth out of nine candidates.
    • Kitchener–Waterloo, Allan Dettweiler, 155 votes (0.3%), fifth out of ten candidates.

Executive committee[edit]

Conventions are held every three years to elect the Leader, Deputy Leader, Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Campaign Director for a three-year term. All of these positions except Leader and Deputy Leader may be replaced by election at a General Meeting. Members-at-Large are elected for a one-year term at a Convention or Annual General Meeting.

The party's Executive Committee, elected at its November 2011 Leadership Convention:

  • Leader – Allen Small
  • Deputy Leader – Paolo Fabrizio
  • Chair –Jean-Serge Brisson
  • Vice-Chair – Rob Brooks
  • Secretary – Philip Bender
  • Recording Secretary – Matthew Belanger
  • Treasurer – Jim McIntosh
  • Campaign Director – Jeff McLarty
  • Members at Large – Christin Milloy, Adam Hyde

Greg Pattinson has since resigned as Chair. Jean-Serge Brisson took over the position, Christin Milloy advanced to Vice-Chair, and G.J. Hagenaars was elected to the position of Member at Large.

Ethics Committee[edit]

The Ethics Committee is normally composed of six members, none of whom may be a member of the Executive. Two (or more) members of the Party are elected to the Ethics Committee for a three-year term at each Convention or Annual General Meeting. (Ethics Committee members are listed in order of seniority – longest serving members first.)

Nunzio Venuto (2009), Anthony Giles (2009), George Dance (2010), Chester Brown(2010), John Shaw (2011), Sam Apelbaum (2011) [13]

Party leaders[edit]

See also[edit]


Bulletin is the newsletter of the Ontario Libertarian Party.

  1. ^ Miller, Vince. "Taking Liberty Global", August 4, 2005. Retrieved on December 25, 2007.
  2. ^ "Statement of Principles". Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Think like a libertarian in 30 days or less!". Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bulletin 17:2, Summer 1995 "http://www.libertarian.on.ca/bulletin/v17n2a.htm"
  5. ^ Bulletin 18:1 Spring 1997
  6. ^ Bulletin 28:2, Winter 2007 "http://www.libertarian.on.ca/bulletin/V28_N2%20Winter%202007.pdf"
  7. ^ Bulletin 32:2 Winter 2011"http://www.libertarian.on.ca/winter-2011-vol-32-no-2/candidates-vote-tally-doubled-over-2007"
  8. ^ Bulletin 1:9, September 1975
  9. ^ Bulletin 7:3, March 1981
  10. ^ Bulletin 11:1, spring 1985
  11. ^ Bulletin 13:2, September 1987
  12. ^ Bulletin 16:2 Autumn 1990
  13. ^ http://www.libertarian.on.ca/bulletin/V30_N2_Winter_2009.pdf

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