Sunday, October 29, 2006

Garth Turner... libertarian?

This is pretty surprising.

Stephen Taylor, friend and blogging ass-kicker, sent me an email letting me know that Garth Turner, the man booted from caucus who flirted with joining the Green Party for a while, claims to be, wait for it, a libertarian.

Yeah. Libertarian. Small government, pro-liberty, anti-war-on-drugs, kind of stuff.

Here's what he writes:
So, my libertarian, Progressive Conservative, democracy-loving ass was in the wrong caucus. But no more.
Now I'm open to this suggestion. If Garth Turner wants to be a libertarian, great. That adds another one to the list of MPs who either are, or claim to be, libertarian. Like Maxime Bernier (who worked for the libertarian Montreal Economic Institute), Andre Arthur (who describes himself as a libertarian), and Garth Turner. Who knew we had such representation? (I'd include Stephen Harper, but I think he's given up on Hayek. Which is a shame).

So. Here's hoping Turner means it.


Blogger Gerry Nicholls said...

I suspect Turner meant he was a libertarian on social issues, but a Progressive Conservative on fiscal issues. Not sure where that puts him on the political spectrum. But I think there is potentially a strong libertarian influence in this government. It's up to libertarians outside of government to keep pushing them in the right direction.

9:18 a.m.  
Blogger mostlyfree said...

I think he means what he says, but I'm not sure he knows what he's claiming to be when he claims to be a libertarian.
(He commented to Stephen Taylor that he is opposed to letting individuals own guns without a state registry and the legalization of marijuana.)

9:52 a.m.  

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