There are times when the entire world seems to be heading towards authoritarian nationalism. Thus, it is refreshing to see a right-wing party that still has some libertarian instincts. The Economist He has an article on Pierre Poiliffry, the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. In some respects, his views are similar to those of American conservatives:
Mr. Poilievre hates mainstream media and wants to defund CBC, a public broadcaster. He endorsed the Freedom Caravan, a protest against vaccine mandates led by truckers, that paralyzed central Ottawa, the capital, earlier this year.
But he’s not exactly Trump:
Mr Poilifry’s most enduring political conviction is Reagani’s preference for small government. The adopted son of schoolteachers, he learned early on that “the biggest social safety net we could ever have” was “voluntary generosity between family and community.” As a student at the University of Calgary, he entered a competition that required contestants to write an essay about what they would do as Prime Minister. His answer: “I will relinquish as much of my social, political and economic control as possible to the citizens.” Now he promises to make Canada “the freest country on earth.”
His rhetoric excites populists like Donald Trump. But his list of enemies is much more restricted. Unlike Trump, he favors immigration.
And while Trump became a NIMBY during the latter part of his administration, Poilievre is staunchly in favor of reducing barriers to home building, and opposes “gatekeepers” like city officials who block home building.
Of course Poiliffry is not actually a liberal, as Canadian voters are deeply attached to a number of big government policies such as national health care. But Poilifry seems more sympathetic to libertarian ideas than the average Canadian politician.
More immigration and more home building is the most effective way to make Canada great again.
Meanwhile, Toronto Mayor John Tory is preparing to embrace YIMBY’s agenda The largest city in Canada:
So in a city where an estimated 70% of residential land is set aside for single-family homes, Tory proposes a big shift: opening it all up to development of small apartment complexes and buildings, with medium elevations on commercial streets. The plan is to make housing less expensive by building more of it, in smaller units, where people actually live.
Without a major opponent, Torrey is expected to cruise to victory Monday, and his focus on reclassification as an answer to Toronto’s housing dilemma suggests that what’s really changed is that more voters are ready for a bolder idea.
I see similar things happening in California. It appears as though voters are finally tired of rising home prices, and the tide is turning away from NIMBY’s politics.