Thursday, October 8, 2015

Harris running for Libertarians in Ottawa Centre

Meet the Ottawa Centre Libertarian candidate: Dean Harris - Ottawa East News:

September 28, 2015 - "Inspired by the 2008 U.S. presidential run of Ron Paul, Dean Harris is running as the Libertarian candidate in Ottawa Centre.

Harris is a 23-year-old linguistics student, who does not live in the riding but attends Carleton University. He grew up in southern Ontario and works as a ski instructor in the winter when he is not in school. Dean has also volunteered with the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, preparing puppies to help blind people. 

Q: Why are you running?
A: I’m running to promote the ideas of freedom, to promote the idea that individuals own themselves and their own life and to try to promote the idea that we shouldn’t allow government to do things individuals are not allowed to do....

Q: What is the biggest federal issue facing your riding and how has it been handled to date? How would you approach it?
A: The issue I’m focused on most of all is the war on drugs, especially considering I’m campaigning and focusing a lot of my campaign on university campuses. A plurality of students and young people has used what are deemed to be illegal drugs. Thankfully most of those people who have used drugs haven’t faced the criminal justice system, but those who do, stand to have their lives ruined as a result of the prohibition of drug use....

Q: Nationally, what do you view as the biggest issues facing Canada, and how do you plan to address them?
A: The economy is a huge issue and our party platform is about deregulation, allowing free market mechanisms to take care of the economy. We’re in favour of deregulation of the CRTC as well as we are proposing a 15 per cent flat tax and to see the personal exemption based to $17,300. So that means the Canadians who are earning the lowest income would be able to keep more money in their pockets. Our plan would see a $17,300 exemption for basic personal income, with an additional $4,000 for students, seniors and each dependent child. So a family of four with two parents and two children would be able to earn their first $42,000 without paying a cent of tax. Everyone would pay a fair flat tax of 15 per cent after their exemptions."

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