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Encyclopedia > Libertarian Party of Manitoba

The Libertarian Party of Manitoba is a political party which runs candidates in Manitoba's provincial elections. The party has existed since the mid-1980s.

Like most Libertarian parties, the LPM advocates that government activities which affect the lives of citizens (whether in social or economic matters) be kept to a minimum. The party's current leader, Chris Buors, is a marijuana-rights activist and has also run as a candidate for the Marijuana Party.

The LPM ran four candidates in the provincial election of 1986, one fewer than was required for official party certification. It achieved ballot status in 1988 with six candidates, and ran five in 1990. [On the latter occasion, an LPM candidate named Ken McAllister announced that he was running on an anti-abortion platform. It is unlikely that the party endorsed this decision.]

The LPM ran six candidates in 1995, six again in 1999 and five in 2003. It has never come close to electing a member to the legislature, and Buors has acknowledged the LPM is a marginal political force in the province. Like other "fringe parties", the LPM claims to present ideas to the public which are ignored by mainstream organizations.

The party appears to have been founded by Clancy Smith, who is still an active member. Dennis Rice became party leader at some point in the 1990s, and stepped down two days after the 2003 election was called. Chris Buors was quickly chosen as Rice's replacement (without opposition), and remains party leader today.

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Manitoba Marijuana Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (154 words)
The Manitoba Marijuana Party (MMP) is a provincial political party in Manitoba, Canada.
The party is the successor to the Libertarian Party of Manitoba (LPM), which was registered in the mid-1980s.
The party officially changed its name from the LPM to the MMP in February 2005, on the advice and with the support of prominent cannabis activist Marc Emery.
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