ELECTION – Libertarian becomes fifth candidate in Kamloops-S. Thompson

Jessica Bradshaw. (Image: BC Libertarian Party; Home page image: Facebook)

The mainstream parties in Kamloops-South Thompson will have some last-minute competition.

Jessica Lea Bradshaw slipped in under the deadline to become the fifth candidate in the riding, running for the B.C. Libertarian Party.

Bradshaw, 34, who works as a care aid, has made no announcements about her candidacy, but she’s listed on the Elections B.C. website as a candidate. Deadline for nomination was Tuesday.

The Libertarians have fielded 30 candidates for the election. Party leader is Clayton Welwood, who is running in the North Vancouver-Seymour riding. He’s a 38-year-old cost controller for an international construction company.

Why did Bradshaw throw her hat into the ring? We’ll find out between now and election day, but the party’s Facebook page says it “stand for freedom in our social interactions and economics; that means that government does not interfere in business and trade with regulation, taxes and fees. We want to reduce the size, scope and cost of government.”

It goes on to say the Libertarians espouse “low taxes, small government, free markets and social tolerance” and “less crony capitalism, corporate welfare and subsidies.”

Bradshaw joins incumbent BC Liberal Todd Stone, the NDP’s Nancy Bepple, Donovan Cavers of the B.C. Green Party, and Communist Party candidate Beat Klossner on the ballot.

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1 Comment on ELECTION – Libertarian becomes fifth candidate in Kamloops-S. Thompson


    “John Locke greatly influenced both libertarianism and the modern world in his writings published before and after the English Revolution of 1688, especially A Letter Concerning Toleration (1667), Two Treatises of Government (1689) and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690). In the latter he established the basis of liberal political theory: that people’s rights existed before government; that the purpose of government is to protect personal and property rights; that people may dissolve governments that do not do so; and that representative government is the best form to protect rights. The United States Declaration of Independence was inspired by Locke in its statement: ‘to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…’ ”

    -David Boaz, The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to Milton Friedman, Simon & Schuster, 2010, p. 123
    -Murray Rothbard, The Libertarian Heritage: The American Revolution and Classical Liberalism, excerpted from Rothbard’s For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, 1973; published at, 2006.

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