The BC provincial government is now demanding mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health and public sector workers under the pain of losing their jobs.
One political party has taken a strong stand against these vaccine mandates, and is actively defending its members.
The BC Libertarian Party leader signed letters supporting supporters’ demands for “housing because of political belief regarding the vaccine mandate”.
Party leader Keith MacIntyre provided the Straight a template of the letter which states four libertarian principles in relation to compulsory vaccination.
The first principle states that “no individual or group is permitted to initiate the use of force or fraud against any other”.
“This is the non-aggression principle to which all volunteers (regardless of party affiliation) share a belief,” MacIntyre explains in the letter.
He continues, “Without the consent of both parties, any act of physical force by one party against another is considered aggression. This applies to murder as well as to an unwelcome slap on the back.”
Therefore, “The act of piercing a person’s skin with a needle is also an act of force, or aggression, if consent has not been provided.”
The second principle states that the “universal natural rights to life, liberty, property, expression, and the peaceful pursuit of happiness are essential for the preservation of civil society.”
MacIntyre explains that the “most important such right that every person has is absolute ownership in their own body”.
“This means that no one can put their hands on another person’s body, even to administer treatment to them, without their consent,” he states.
The third principle states that the “role of government is to protect and preserve such rights” as mentioned.
“We believe that the proper role of government is limited to the protection of such individual, negative rights,” explains MacIntyre.
“In other words,” he continues, “the government’s monopoly on the legitimate use of force is valid if it is used only to prevent or punish acts of aggression, theft, assault, murder, etc., against its citizens.”
“Conversely, the government loses its legitimacy when it goes beyond this scope and tries to solve all or many of society’s problems using coercive measures, such as restricting the free movement of non-sick citizens or issuing orders depriving citizens of employment. in order to achieve ‘public health’. “
In addition, “An employer requiring vaccines for all of its employees means placing social goals or a notion of public good above the right of individuals to decide what is in their own medical best interest.”
And fourth, citizens have the “right to defend and be defended by those persons or institutions that seek to undermine any of the above principles.”
MacIntyre states that vaccine orders “make employees choose between treatment that could be harmful, and the loss of employment, they represent a violation of property rights.”
“We believe that every person has the right to defend themselves against these threats and to call on institutions such as the courts to assist them in that defense,” the BC Libertarian leader states.
In a phone interview, MacIntyre told the Straight that his party is growing in membership as people seek alternatives to established parties on the left and right side of a political spectrum.
“Every time the government fires a worker or takes away a business or forces the closure of a business, it wakes up more people how much the government can actually harm them,” the libertarian said.
MacIntyre added: “I often say that this is the first time in the lives of many people that they realize how much the government can harm them. They have [government] did this all his life; or [people] just mostly don’t feel it, but they do [government] have so many ways to force and force us to do what they want. “
MacIntyre noted that none of the established parties are defending people’s freedoms.
“We are the voice of freedom,” MacIntyre said.