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For Libertarians, less is more

The Story

Less government and less government intervention. These two simple ideas make the Libertarian Party the one to vote for, leader Linda Cane tells Cross Country Check-Up during the 1980 federal election campaign. A relative newcomer on the federal scene, the Libertarians propose a novel way to control government spending, which they say is the cause of inflation. It's called negative indexing, and it would mean that for every point inflation rises, government salaries would fall. But MPs and the civil service needn't worry too much yet; Cane doesn't expect to see a Libertarian sitting in the House until at least the next election.

Medium: Radio
Program: Cross Country Checkup
Broadcast Date: Feb. 3, 1980
Guest(s): Linda Cane
Announcer: Bob Karstens
Interviewer: Wayne Grigsby
Duration: 4:00

Did You know?

• Bruce Evoy founded the Libertarian Party of Canada in 1973. According to a 1998 Ontario Libertarian Party Bulletin, Evoy attended the founding convention of the U.S. Libertarian Party in 1972 and returned to Toronto determined to do something similar in Canada. Because the party was not registered until 1979, Evoy ran for office as an independent in 1974. He came in fourth with 220 votes. Despite interviewer Wayne Grigsby's comment to the contrary, according to Elections Canada, the party has fielded candidates in every election since the 1979 election.

  • Party leader Linda Cane, interviewed in this 1980 report, also ran initially as an independent in a byelection in 1978. Her best showing came with her first stand as a Libertarian, in 1979, when she placed fourth in her Toronto riding with 585 votes. She ran again in 1980 and 1984, acting as party leader from 1980-1982. During the heyday of the Reform Party and the Canadian Alliance between 1997 and 2004, the LP didn't field any candidates. Since then, they have nominated fewer than 30 candidates each election cycle.



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