Economic rights are an extension of individual rights, specifically of the right to association and the right to own property.
All government action which interferes with the free market violates these rights.
The only proper role of government, in this context, is to protect property rights, enforce contracts, and adjudicate disputes, providing a legal framework for the protection of voluntary trade.
The Economy Government intervention in the economy threatens both the personal freedom and the material prosperity of every Canadian.
We therefore support the following specific and immediate reforms: reduction of both taxes and government spending; an end to deficit spending; the removal of all government impediments to free trade, including legislation dealing with industrial labour relations, the Combines Investigation Act, government marketing boards, and government licensing and enforcement of monopolies (for example, the present communications, utilities and transportation agreements); and the repeal of all controls on wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
Trade We believe that each person has the right to exchange goods and services with any person or group, free from coercion. All efforts by government to control or manage trade are improper.
Money We oppose any government involvement in the monetary and banking system. We propose elimination of the Bank of Canada and the termination of government power to issue or regulate currency or credit.
We support the continued freedom of any individual or group to own gold or any other commodity of exchange, as well as the right to produce coinage and issue currency.
Taxation Because we believe that every individual is entitled to keep the product of his or her labour, we oppose, as a violation of individual rights, all government activity which consists of the forcible collection of money or goods from citizens.
Specifically, we support the repeal of all taxation. Pending such repeal, we are opposed to the use of criminal sanctions against tax evaders, and support unconditional amnesty for all persons convicted of violating tax law.
We oppose, as involuntary servitude, any legal requirements forcing employers or business owners to serve as tax collectors for any government agency.
We support a system of fees for services rendered, and collection of voluntary donations, as methods for financing government services in a free society.
Subsidies In order to achieve a free economy, in which government victimizes no one for the benefit of anyone else, we oppose all government subsidies to business, labour, education, agriculture, science, the arts, sports, political parties, or any other special interest. We propose the elimination of all government "job creation" schemes.
Tariffs and Quotas Like subsidies, tariffs and quotas serve only to give special treatment to favoured interests, and to diminish the welfare of all citizens. We therefore support the abolition of all tariffs and quotas as well as the abolition of the Canadian Tariff Board and such boards, commissions, or departments as act under the terms and authority of either the Customs Act and the Customs Tariff.
Foreign Investment We call for the immediate repeal of all special restrictions and taxes imposed on foreign investment in Canadian property and business. All persons living and working in Canada, regardless of citizenship, have an equal right to freely exchange goods and services.
Government Agencies We oppose the involvement of government agencies or Crown Corporations in business and industry (e.g., the Canadian National system, Canada Post, and all seaports and airports).
We propose the immediate repeal of all legislation restricting free competition with any of these agencies, and the disposal of their assets to individuals or private groups.
Unions and Collective Bargaining We support the right of individuals voluntarily to join or to establish labour unions. We believe that an employer should have the right to recognize, or to refuse to recognize, a union as the collective bargaining agent for some or all employees.
We recognize the employer's moral right to employ substitute workers in case of strikes, and the union's moral right to organize secondary boycotts, unless there are contractual agreements to the contrary.
We oppose all government interference in the bargaining process, such as certification of unions, compulsory arbitration, or imposition of an obligation to bargain. We recognize voluntary contracts between employers and labour unions as being legally and morally binding on both parties.
Employment Standards Legislation specifying wages to be paid, hours to be worked, and other conditions of employment restricts the ability of individuals to find work, and limits individual freedom.
We believe that the government's ability to set employment standards should be restricted in applicability to its own employees.