Libertarian Party of Canada
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|Libertarian Party of Canada|
|Parti libertarien du Canada|
Active federal party
|President||Rehan Basson |
|Headquarters||372 Rideau St., Suite 205
|Ideology||Libertarianism, classical liberalism, non-interventionism|
|Political position||Socially left-wing, fiscally right-wing|
|Colours||Yellow / Indigo|
|Fiscal policy||Fiscal conservatism, laissez-faire|
|Social policy||Civil libertarianism|
|Seats in the House of Commons|
|Seats in the Senate|
|Politics of Canada
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The party was founded on July 7, 1973 by Bruce Evoy, who became its first chairman, and seven others. Evoy ran for election to Parliament in the 1974 federal election in the Toronto riding of Rosedale. The party achieved registered status in the 1979 federal election by running more than fifty candidates.
The party described itself as Canada's "fourth party" in the 1980s, 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. 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.
The party successfully re-registered with Elections Canada on June 2, 2004, in time for the 2004 election. Its eight candidates won 1,949 votes.
Jean-Serge Brisson led the party from May 22, 2000 until May 18, 2008 when he was succeeded by Dennis Young. Young defeated outgoing party president Alan Mercer for the leadership. Savannah Linklater was elected deputy leader.
In May 2011, Katrina Chowne was elected leader of the Libertarian Party. In May 2014, Tim Moen was elected leader of the Libertarian Party.
|Election||# of candidates||# of votes||% of popular vote||% in ridings contested|
The party also nominated a number of candidates to run in by-elections:
- 1980 by-election: 1
- 1981 by-election: 1
- 1982 by-election: 1
- 1990 by-election: 2
- 1995 by-election: 1
- 2008 by-election: 1
- 2010 by-election: 1
- 2012 by-election: 3
- 2013 by-election: 3
- 2014 by-election: 2
Sources: 1974: Libertarian Party of Canada News, July/August 1974, 4. 1979-2006: Parliament of Canada History of the Federal Electoral Ridings since 1867
- Sieg Pedde (1973–1974)
- Charles 'Chuck' Lyall (1974–1976)
- Ron Bailey (1976–1978)
- Alex Eaglesham (1978–1979)
- Linda Cain (1980–1982)
- Neil Reynolds (May 1982 – 1983)
- Victor Levis (1983–1987)
- Dennis Corrigan (1987–1990)
- Stanisław Tymiński (1990–1991)
- George Dance (1991–1993)
- Hilliard Cox (May 1993 – 1995)
- George Dance (1995–1996)
- Vincent Pouliot (May 12, 1996 – April 5, 1997)
- Robert Morse (1997–1999) 
- Jean-Serge Brisson (1999 – May 18, 2008) [f]
- Dennis Young (May 18, 2008 – May 2011)
- Katrina Chowne (May 2011 – May 2014)
- Tim Moen (May 2014 – present)
- British Columbia Libertarian Party
- Libertarian Party of Canada candidates, 2011 Canadian federal election
- Libertarian Party of Canada candidates, 2008 Canadian federal election
- Libertarian Party of Canada candidates, 2006 Canadian federal election
- Libertarian Party of Canada candidates, 1993 Canadian federal election
- Libertarian Party of Canada candidates, 1988 Canadian federal election
- Libertarian Party of Manitoba
- Ontario Libertarian Party
- "Elections Canada". Elections.ca. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
- "Western Standard". Westernstandard.blogs.com. 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- Libertarian Party of Canada, "Leadership Roles," Party File, ParlInfo, parl.gc.ca. Web, Dec. 7, 2010. http://www2.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/files/Party.aspx?Item=2ef41a44-7f48-4b22-a342-781e589f8ed1&Language=E
- "Agenda". Libertarian.ca. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- Libertarian Party of Canada official site
- LPC Candidate Guidelines
- Libertarian Party of Canada Reference on Our Campaigns
- The Libertarian Report (Libertarian news aggregate)