November 14 Debate (Lester Pearson Collegiate, Malvern)
Closing Statement (Approximate)
Again, I’d like to thank all of you and the sponsors of this event for giving me this opportunity to express my views.
I think our situation is described very well by C. S. Lewis – a Christian theologian who wrote The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. He said:
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 … those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
So instead of that, if I had my way:
I would abolish the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
I would abolish the Greenbelt Act.
I would stop us from becoming a surveillance society. I would prevent the government from requiring fingerprints on drivers’ licenses.
I would separate the government from education, and I would open up health care to the free market.
I would abolish the property tax system, and convert it to a system of fees for municipal services.
I would reform the courts and police so that they focus on serving all members of the public with respect and on protecting the public from real crimes instead of victimless crimes, so that they focus on catching criminals, and holding those criminals to account. Libertarians advocate restorative justice in which the criminal is required to compensate the victim.
I would set young people free to work and do business – in a free economy unburdened by sales taxes and regulations – and in communities that are free to develop independently from central planning. That’s how you keep young people away from violence. In a free society, they learn personal responsibility and independence, and respect for others.
If you agree with liberty, vote for Alan Mercer. Vote Libertarian. Thank-you.