Libertarian candidate runs again, pushing for less government

By Roderick Benns

Gene Balfour. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Gene Balfour is once again running for the Libertarian Party for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, one of only 16 such candidates in Ontario.

Balfour moved to Fenelon Falls in 2016 from the GTA after completing a 40-year career in the Information Technology sector. He is married with two daughters.

“In 2007, I discovered then joined the Ontario Libertarian Party.  Previously, I had voted Conservative because it was my least bad ballot option but never what I wanted,” says Balfour.

He said he then grew to become a tireless advocate for less government.

“Too much government is a serious threat to our democracy and prosperity. The excessive size, cost and scope of authority commanded by political and public officials harms society in very significant ways,” he says.

The number one election issue is the rising cost of living, says Balfour, and it’s “due primarily to excessive taxation, burdensome legislations, and numerous deterrents to entrepreneurial success, private sector employment and prosperity for everyone.”

However, the rising cost of living is an international phenomenon. A new 11-country Ipsos poll just released last week shows 25 per cent of the public say they are finding it quite or very difficult to manage financially these days: ranging between two thirds of Turkish citizens (66 per cent) and 16 per cent of those in the U.S. and Germany.

In only three countries – the U.S., Australia and Canada – do more people say they expect their standard of living over the next year will rise rather than fall, according to Ipsos.

Balfour claims governments hold “a monopoly on power in society” and that this power has been “abused repeatedly.”

However, corporate power in Canada was not mentioned by the candidate. Transnational corporations have become the dominant force directing our world, according to Jeremy Lent, writing in Open Democracy.

As Lent points out, “International bodies setting global policy are infiltrated by corporate agents so successful at entrenching corporate power that even those governments that still prioritize their people’s needs can no longer make autonomous decisions without risking crippling lawsuits from the transnationals whose interests they threaten.”

Balfour believes Canadian Charter rights were ignored throughout the COVID pandemic. 

“Ford assumed prolonged and misguided emergency powers, then imposed mass lockdowns and personal restrictions that failed terribly.”

He then went into a defence of the “peacefully-protesting truckers” in Ottawa (who illegally occupied Ottawa streets and called for the removal of a democratically elected government that had been chosen just six months prior.)

“Less government is the only common sense antidote to the ills of big governments. I will continue to advocate for less government until voters take this choice seriously,” Balfour says.

He realizes “that a Libertarian government will not be formed anytime soon, but as Andrew Breitbart said ‘politics is downstream of culture,’ (and) this insight has sustained my desire to influence contemporary political culture.” 

Balfour says less government and freedom of choice are finally beginning to make sense to many more citizens than just a few years ago.

“I hope this trend will be evident in the election results on June 2.”

3 Comments

  1. Gene Balfour says:

    Roderick. Thank you for posting this article. I wonder, however, why you chose to reference the rising cost of living in nations outside of Canada when my arguments are focussed solely on Canada and Ontario in particular. Other nations have very different legislation that affects their economic climate different than Canada’s. That said, however, all G7 nations suffer from massive government meddling in the lives of their citizens which create similar inflationary conditions as the citizens of HKLB face.

    Your criticisms of international corporation power are certainly valid when Crony Capitalism is the cause such abuses of power. Cronyism is a serious issue and always includes government collusion that creates conditions for mutual gains and benefits to both corporation and government collaborators. The other two forms of Cronyism is equally serious – Crony Socialism and Crony Statism.

    You can find an essay on these three forms of Cronyism if you search for My Life Lens as substack.com.

  2. Dean says:

    To comment on Roderick’s Comment… crony capitalism wouldn’t exist without government collaboration.
    The fact that governments have the power to prop up corporations and except huge donations from them is the reason we’re in this mess in the first place.
    A libertarian approach of less government is oir only means of changing this country.
    Capitalism isn’t the issue.
    Bloated oversized government is.
    You can find an excellent view of this topic in the book by Thomas Sowell “the vision of the anointed”.
    This better outlines the idea of government overreach.

    • William says:

      Bloated government like ODSP? Like healthcare? Like education? I don’t make enough on ODSP and had to go bankrupt. Does this help the economy? Should everyone who relies on government aid just apply for MAiD? Do you hate me?

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