My answers to questions posed by the Western Standard plus some additional comments:
1. Ezra Levant test – Will you repeal Section 13.1 of the Canadian Human Rights Act? You can learn more about that here:
I believe in freedom of speech – on and off the Internet. I dislike racism and anti-Semitism, etc., but we need to be able to talk freely about subjects in order to criticize and separate good from bad. The establishment political class do not believe in freedom of speech and we need to stop them from eating away at this fundamental pillar and value of Canadian society. Like so many other issues, there is a global power grab going on that is directed at the middle class. And the political establishment feels threatened by the potential for revolt against all the wars and erosion of national sovereignty which they prop up with their smears and propaganda. “Hate” laws are a tool for control and policing of opinion. Speech laws, drug prohibition, gun grabs, attacks on civil liberties, Internet regulations, “environmental” attacks on property rights, carbon taxes and banking bail-outs – it’s all part of the same picture.
2. Marc Emery test – Will you oppose the extradition of Marc Emery to the US for charges related to selling marijuana seeds. You can learn more about that here:
Our society needs more empathy for others, to leave people alone. The drug war is all about cruelty and abuse, so of course they came to arrest Marc Emery wearing ski masks! And again the Canadian government, as with the Security and Prosperity Partnership and banking bail-outs, puts U.S. and corporate influence above the interests of Canadians.
3. Pierre Lemieux test – Will you repeal the national firearms registry and provide amnesty to anyone charged under this legislation? More here:
Canadians traditionally have had the freedom and right to own firearms and this has eroded over time. We are facing growing government power and restrictions on our lives. I am glad to see there is resistance among firearms owners to the new government invasions of their lives. Who is threatening violence? The government. Who wants to own all the guns ultimately and leave people defenceless? The government.
4. Jacques Chaoulli test – Will you amend the Canadian Health Act to remove any and all barriers to private health delivery. Here’s our cover story on the Chaoulli case for background:
As in the case of the drug war, the health care system, which is supposed to be so compassionate, is actually cruel and abusive towards patients who are forced to suffer long delays while they wait for treatment. As in the case of provincial legislation in Ontario, violators are threatened with fines and prison sentences. That’s why libertarians cannot support it! Nobody should be proud of that! And read all about the queue-jumping. Amazing! They want freedom for themselves but not for everyone else. Same old story. Violence doesn’t solve problems and threats of violence are what the health care system is all about.
October 12th, 2008
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