Elect Alan Mercer in Scarborough-Rouge River
The Ontario Libertarian Party has nominated Alan Mercer as the Libertarian candidate for the upcoming provincial general election in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River.
Message from the Candidate
I urge anyone who opposes big government to contact me and get involved with my campaign in Scarborough-Rouge River. Please support the Libertarian Party. Vote Libertarian if you believe that government should stop dominating our lives.
If elected to the Ontario Legislature, I would represent the following goals based on the principles of individual liberty:
- Cut the size of government. Leave a minimal government that protects the basic rights of citizens.
- Reverse the course of the Ontario government’s central planning and social engineering programs.
- Get the government out of education. Ontario residents will no longer be forced to pay for public school indoctrination and “zero-tolerance”. Parents – not the Premier – will raise their own children.
- Abolish the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and every other law that regulates the personal and economic choices of Ontario residents.
- De-socialize Health Care so that there are no more shortages.
- Abolish the Greenbelt Act and similar laws that remove and restrict the rights of property owners. Property owners should have full rights to make decisions about their own property as long as they respect the rights of their neighbours. Victims of pollution should be legally able to stop polluters and require full compensation for damages.
- Encourage Rouge River conservation groups to purchase as much as possible of the land they want to protect instead of trying to use the government to control others. Public property should be transformed into private property so that ordinary people can take good care of their own resources and their own environment.
- Reform the courts and police so that they focus on protecting the public from real crimes – violence, theft, fraud – instead of victimless crimes. Move the provincial and federal governments towards a system based on restorative justice, where convicted criminals are made strictly accountable for the harm they have done to their victims.
- End subsidies and corporate welfare. End the forced transfer of wealth from one group to another, and let individuals decide how they spend their own money.
- Abolish or reduce all taxes. Taxes are wrong. Minimize taxes. Eliminate the provincial sales tax that burdens consumers and businesses. Eliminate the gas tax. Restricting taxation will lead to greater prosperity for everybody and allow greater generosity towards those in need.
- Convert property taxes to fees for municipal services, and introduce as much free market choice as possible. Homeowners should truly own their own homes.
- Encourage greater opportunities for everyone through allowing them the freedom – to start their own businesses without restrictions, to keep their own money, to make their own choices and to build their own lives. Encourage communities in which young people learn respect, personal responsibility, and accountability. Encourage independent communities in which people cooperate and help others without relying on impersonal governments.
About Alan Mercer
Alan Mercer has lived in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River, in the Malvern area, for the past 7 years, and has been married to his wife Anne for 11 years. Alan is a Software Tester and has worked in Toronto’s software industry since 1994. Alan was born in Northern Ireland in 1967. Along with his parents and brother, he became a Canadian citizen while living in Barrie, Ontario. After attending a couple of schools in Scarborough, he graduated from high school in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto with a Major in Mathematics.Alan joined the Ontario Libertarian Party in 2004, and worked as a member of the Party Executive. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and President of the Libertarian Party of Canada.Alan ran in the 2005 provincial by-election and in the 2006 federal election. He is committed to furthering the Libertarian philosophy of economic and personal freedom in Ontario. Contact Information…
Some favourite quotes:
Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end. – Lord Acton
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C. S. Lewis
That government is best which governs least. – Henry David Thoreau
The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer the people become. – Lao Tsu
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you. – Pericles (430 BC)
The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be. – Lao Tsu
Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. – Benjamin Disraeli, 1874
Ontario Libertarian Party www.libertarian.on.ca
Authorized by the Alan Mercer Campaign
September 12th, 2007