Mak­ing a case for a Lib­er­tar­ian ap­proach to the is­sues On­tar­i­ans face

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THIS IS DANIEL BENOY’S

first crack at run­ning as rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Lib­er­tar­ian party in the Kitch­en­erCon­estoga rid­ing, where vot­ers join fel­low On­tar­i­ans in go­ing to the polls June 7.

“I didn’t ex­pect there to be so much at­ten­tion,” he said of the ex­pe­ri­ence. “I’ve been flooded with emails and calls. I don’t have a staff like the big par­ties, it’s just me.”

He has been liv­ing in the area since he was eight years old, and has been ac­tive in the com­mu­nity since then. Cur­rently, he worked as a systems ar­chi­tect at Descartes Systems Group Inc. Other com­pa­nies he has worked for in­clude Black­Berry and other IT com­pa­nies in the Water­loo area be­fore vol­un­teer­ing as a po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“The core idea is to keep gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment in our life as small as pos­si­ble,” he ex­plained of the con­cept of lib­er­tar­i­an­ism. “So low­er­ing taxes, but also be­ing very so­cially lib­eral. Un­in­volv­ing the gov­ern­ment in peo­ple’s sex lives, ban­ning cer­tain sub­stances, that sort of thing. It is sort of a blend be­tween the more tra­di­tional con­ser­va­tive and lib­eral views, we’re so­cially lib­eral but fis­cally con­ser­va­tive.”

He strongly be­lieves in re­duc­ing the amount of reg­u­la­tory cap­ture. Reg­u­la­tory cap­ture is the larger firms or po­lit­i­cal groups fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests be­ing pri­or­i­tized over the in­ter­est of the pub­lic.

He also men­tioned that there needs to be a way to make houses more af­ford­able, and has pro­posed so­lu­tions for how to make that hap­pen.

“So if there’s any land out there, per­haps zon­ing regu- la­tions, per­haps it’s some other non­sense, if there’s some­thing keep­ing them from build­ing, then the Lib­er­tar­i­ans would want to re­move that as much as pos­si­ble, in­creas­ing the sup­ply of hous­ing,” he ex­plained. “And then push­ing the price down as a re­sult. Although peo­ple might not be a huge fan of this if they own a lot of real es­tate.”

“I have an opinion on ev­ery is­sue,” he added. “I wouldn’t be a politi­cian if I didn’t.”

He firmly be­lieves that peo­ple have the right to freedom of speech, point­ing to the or­deal faced by Wil­frid Lau­rier Uni­ver­sity teach­ing as­sis­tant Lind­say Shep­herd as an ex­am­ple.

“We’re very so­cially lib­eral so we want peo­ple to say what­ever they please,” he said on the is­sue. “There was an is­sue where it hap­pened where it seemed that the Lau­rier Uni­ver­sity was in­tim­i­dat­ing one of their teach­ing as­sis­tants be­cause she wanted to share an op­pos­ing opinion. It was ba­si­cally just a not-that-of­fen­sive, con­ser­va­tive opin­ions of how some­one should, whether or not some­one should be com­pelled to ad­dress trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als us­ing their pro­nouns of choice. I don’t know if I nec­es­sar­ily want to weigh in how I feel about that is­sue, but I think that uni­ver­sity peo­ple should be able to dis­cuss it. That teach­ing as­sis­tant was in­tim­i­dated in front of a rep­ri­mand com­mit­tee,” he said.

Daniel Benoy

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