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