Libertarian Party of Canada Convention and Freedom Fair – Edmonton – May 17
– 11 AM – 5PM – Guest Speakers
Libertarian Party of Canada 2008 Convention, Freedom Fair and Liberty Lectures
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Location: Holiday Inn Express, 10010 – 104 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
Date: Saturday May 17 and 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM Convention Registration — Meet & Greet Reception
for registered members and guests. Holiday Inn Express, 10010 – 104 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Opening remarks by LPC Leader Jean-Serge Brisson
Approval of agenda and rules
Reports by LPC Officers
Party business adjourns
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Freedom Fair and Liberty Lectures
Open to the public. $10 ($5 with student card)
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM “Issues in the Libertarian Movement” Panel
Speaker: Dr. Michael Wagner – author, homeschooler
Topic: The Case for a Socially Conservative Culture in the Libertarian Movement
Michael Wagner is the author of Standing on Guard for Thee: The Past, Present, and Future of Canada’s Christian Right. Michael is a freelance writer and homeschooling father with a BA (Honours) and MA in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and nine children.
Speaker: Paul Geddes
Topic: Have Libertarians Abandoned Free Trade?
Paul Geddes is a leading libertarian activist and regular political candidate in British Columbia. He has been an instructor of economics at Columbia College for twenty five years. He is married with two daughters.
11:45 AM Break for lunch
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM National Security Panel
Liberty vs. Security
Speaker #1 – Lorne Gunter – National Post
Speaker #2 – Dr. Moin Yahya – University of Alberta
Speaker: Lorne Gunter
Topic: Liberty vs. Security
Lorne Gunter is a columnist and editorial board member at the National Post and a columnist with the Edmonton Journal. He has been a commentator on political and social issues since 1995 and has published nearly 2,000 pieces in that time. He also maintains a blog at www.nationalpost.com
An occasional panelist on the CBC’s The National, Lorne is also a frequent guest on Adler Online on the Corus Radio Network. He has published essays and opinion pieces in various newspapers and magazines, including Readers’ Digest, National Review, the Weekly Standard, TechCentralStation and others.
In addition to his journalism, Lorne is the past-president of Civitas – a society for conservative and libertarian academics, think-tankers, lobbyists and journalists – and a former member of the advisory board of the Canadian Constitution Foundation.
Speaker: Moin A. Yahya
Topic: Liberty vs. Security
Moin A. Yahya is an assistant professor of law at the University of Alberta, where he is also the associate dean for graduate studies and the acting associate dean for research. He has a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and a M.A. in economics from the University of Alberta; a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto. He has a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the articles editor of the law review. He researches Corporate, Antitrust, Criminal, and Intellectual Property Law. Yahya is a libertarian and a director with the Canadian Constitution Foundation.
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Speaker #1 – Peter Jaworski – Western Standard
Speaker #2 – Scott Hennig – Canadian Taxpayers Federation
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Environment Panel
Speaker #1 – Global warming politics – Prof. Jan Narveson
Speaker #2 – Global warming politics – Lorne Gunter
Speaker: Prof. Jan Narveson
Topic: Global Warming Politics
Philosopher Jan Narveson is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. His publications include The Libertarian Idea and Respecting Persons in Theory and in Practice. In 1989 he was elected to membership in the Royal Society of Canada and in 2004 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. http://philosophy.uwaterloo.ca/people/narveson.html
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Justice Panel
Speaker #1 – Dr. Grant Brown – philosopher, author
Speaker #2 – Marc Emery – Cannabis Culture
Speaker: Dr. Grant Brown
Topic: Deadbeat Judges: How Courts Disenfranchise Fathers
Grant A. Brown has a B.A. and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Waterloo. The title of his D.Phil. thesis at Oxford University is “Functional Libertarianism.” He taught at the University of Lethbridge from 1990 until 1999. He obtained his LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 2002, and since then has practiced law in Alberta. He recently quit the practice of law and is writing a book on his experiences as a family-law lawyer called Deadbeat Judges: How Courts Disenfranchise Fathers.
Speaker: Marc Emery
Topic: Marijuana Legalization: a Personal Statement from Canada’s “Prince of Pot”
Marc Emery is a successful entrepreneur based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He’s also an outspoken libertarian, an activist for the legalization of cannabis and the bane of law enforcement in Canada and the U.S. Emery, also known as the Prince of Pot, has earned millions over the years in his many pot-related ventures, including his website, www.emeryseeds.com, which sold 350 varieties of marijuana seeds before being shut down by the US DEA; his magazine, Cannabis Culture; his online Pot TV network and the BC Marijuana Party Bookstore in downtown Vancouver. Emery has been featured by CNN, ABC, Rolling Stone, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Star. He currently faces extradition to the US on charges related to selling marijuana seeds.
5:00 PM End of Freedom Fair / Liberty Lectures
Break for dinner
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Leadership Contestant & Member Presentations / Q&A
15 minute speeches from each candidate / 15 minutes of moderated Q&A.
Also scheduled: R. Bussières, T. Audain
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Libertarian Party of Canada Business
Open also to registered guests as observers.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Opening remarks by officers and all registered members as to their views and suggestions for strategy and priorities.
Q&A about party structure.
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 12:00 Proposed Amendments to Constitution, Statement of Principles, Bylaws
12:00 – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Proposed Amendments to Statement of Objectives
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM Nominations and elections for party offices
· Party Leader (15 min limit each candidate)
· Deputy Leader (15 min limit each candidate)
· Board of Directors – 8 positions (5 min limit)
· Ethics Committee – 9 positions (5 min limit)
Concluding remarks by newly-elected Party Leader
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM Meeting of new Directors
May 10th, 2008