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Libertarian Party of Canada Convention is April 30 and May1, Vancouver

From an announcement from the Libertarian Party of Canada:

As announced earlier the convention of the Libertarian Party of Canada will be held April 30 and May 1st in Vancouver at Columbia College.  This is a chance to listen to well known libertarian speakers and to elect a new board and leader for the party.   We are especially pleased at the line-up of featured speakers which includes Jan Narveson, Pierre Lemieux, and Walter Block.

Ramada Inn (on Pender) is offering a group rate of $75 per night for April but $130 for any nights in May. Cost to attend the convention is $60, some refreshments are included in that fee.  Proxy Fee for those eligible to vote but not able to attend is $25.

New Elections Canada rule require registration and financial reporting of campaign expenses for all candidates for party, by the candidate to Elections Canada.  Yes even though it is traditional in the LPC that no money will be spent on a campaign this must still be documented. This does not apply to other candidates for the board.

The convention is held in accordance with the bylaws and constitution of the party, a copy of which is here and the constitution here.  FYI: There are no known changes to constitution, bylaw or objectives proposed at this time.  Written invites will be mailed shortly to members and supporters.  For those not on the mailing list copies of the registration form will be posted on the website as made available to the webmaster.

While voting and discussions from the floor is restricted to registered delegates (voting members in good standing at least 90 days prior to the convention who have also signed the registration form and paid the fee) the convention is open to all new members, former members who have not renewed, or observers.

To register please complete this form and submit to the address on the form including a check for payment.

An introduction to the featured speakers:

Jan Narveson

Distinguished Professor Emeritus (retired) at the University of Waterloo (Ontario). Jan’s research interests include Ethical and Political Theory and Applied Ethics. Jan received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1961.

Articles and reviews of his have appeared in Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Mind, Journal of Philosophy, The Monist, Dialogue, Canadian Journal of Philosophy and others. He has published four books Morality and Utility (John Hopkins, 1967), The Libertarian Idea (orig. Temple University Press, 1989; republished Broadview 2001), Moral Matters (Broadview, 1993; 2nd, expanded edition, 1999), and Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002); is co-author, with Marilyn Friedman, of Political Correctness: For and Against (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1995); and co-editor, with John T. Sanders, of For and Against the State (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996); and is editor of an anthology, Moral Issues, (Oxford Canada, 1983). Articles of his have appeared in several recent books, and he has served on the Editorial Boards of Dialogue, Ethics, Philosophical Research Archives, The Journal of Social Philosophy, Social Philosophy and Policy, and others, and acts as referee for several journals and publishers of books. In June 1990, Dr. Narveson was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.  In 2003, he was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Jan is currently on the board of ethics of the Ontario Libertarian Party and is a past member of the board of directors of the Libertarian Party of Canada.

Pierre Lemieux

Pierre holds graduate degrees in economics from the University of Toronto (Canada), and in Philosophy from University of Sherbrooke (Canada). His research interests and fields of publication straddle economic and political theory, public choice, public finance, and public policy.

After having lectured in several universities, he is currently affiliated (as a “professeur associé”) to the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Québec in Outaouais. He is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Montreal Economic Institute. He is Vice-President of the newly created International Institute for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a 501(c)3 corporation. During the winter of 2009-2010, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics at San Jose State University, San Jose CA. He has been a columnist for the Western Standard (both paper and on-line) and has published pieces in several financial newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the National Post, and the Figaro-Économie. He was the founder and, for a few years, the co-director of the “Iconoclastes” book series at Les Belles Lettres in Paris. He has also been a consultant for many international corporations.

Pierre’s most recent book is “Une crise peut en cacher une autre” (Paris: Belles Lettres, 2010). Upcoming book: “Somebody in Charge: A Solution to Recessions?” (New York: Palgrave, March 2011).

Walter Block:

Walter Block earned his PhD in Economics at Columbia University. He is an author, editor, and co-editor of many books which include Defending the Undefendable; Lexicon of Economic Thought, Economic Freedom of the World 1975-1995; Rent Control: Myths and Realities; Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity; Theology, Third Word Development and Economic Justice; Man, Economy, and Liberty: Essays in Honor of Murray N. Rothbard; Religion, Economics, and Social Thought; and Economic Freedom: Toward a Theory of Measurement.

Dr. Block has written more than 500 articles for various non-refereed journals, magazines and newspapers, and is a contributor to such journals as The Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of Libertarian Studies, The Journal of Labour Economics, Cultural Dynamics, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is currently a professor and chair of economics, college of business administration, at Loyola University.

If you have any questions please feel free to drop a line and I will try to help, or pass this on to someone who can.  Hope to see as many of you as can make it.

John Shaw


Read the original convention announcement article here.

One Comment

  1. NewFederalist NewFederalist March 30, 2011

    This is still going to take place right at the end of a parliamentary election campaign? Since the general election is May 2nd it just seems odd to me that this would not be postponed until after the balloting to allow candidates to campaign.

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