Hans Wienhold, Candidate for Hamilton Mountain in Ontario Provincial Election 2011

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NameHans Wienhold
ElectionOntario Provincial Election 2011
AreaHamilton Mountain
PartyOntario Libertarian Party
Email uncleblock@gmail.com
Website http://libertarian.on.ca/profiles/hans-wienhold
BioI drive a cab in Hamilton. I have lived here most of my life. I have run in 3 previous elections... Leeds-Grenville, 1984 - federal. Willowdale, 1988 - federal and Hamilton West, 1995 - provincial. I am currently 57 years old. I have always been a libertarian but when I was 20 I read "Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal," by Ayn Rand. That book really blew me away by filling in a lot of the blanks for me. The rest is history.
Why Are You Running?:

After the 1995 provincial election I decided I was not going to waste any more time putting myself on the political menu for a population who obviously were not remotely interested in the ideas of liberty. Since the advent of the internet, however, I have seen an explosion in the spread of libertarian ideas. Though I do not expect to see a libertarian elected at this time in Ontario, I would like to see the party run as many candidates as possible and see if there is any upward bump in votes. More people seem to be waking up to the futility of expecting any real solutions from the "Statist Quo." Perhaps the hour of liberty is nigh.
Your Top Issue:
Limited Government
Issue Details:
Government, throughout history, has shown itself to be nothing more than a destructive, murderous, larcenous and deceitful criminal enterprise whose impact utterly dwarfs the damage done by isolated, freelance criminals. It grows like a cancer as it tightens it's choke chain on the population. It is time for the people to struggle free of the choke chain and put it right back where it belongs.... around the neck of the state. Given the opportunity, I would like nothing more than to give that choke chain a good hard pull. As Alex Jones has said, "The answer to 1984 is 1776."

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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
In 2007, the Ontario Government promised two light rail lines in Hamilton. Will you fulfill that promise to build light rail in Hamilton? Why or why not? No No, I will not fulfill that promise.

Reason 1: The government should be completely separate from transportation. Decisions about travel including when to travel, where to travel, how to travel, etc. ought to be left to a free citizenry rather than delegated to a small group of interest group driven politicians. When important decisions are centralized the result is a "one size fits all" contraption which, necessarily, cannot fit all and never will. This is one of the main reasons most people are NEVER HAPPY with the results of their votes. (How do you like our "one size fits all" education monopoly?)

Reason 2: When the Ontario Government promises to build something, anything, it is promising to fund such spending by stealing money from it's citizens via taxation (theft.) The result is that some people, those who want the project to be built, expect to derive benefits by forcing other people... those who don't support the project or just don't care ... to pay for it.

When I was very young my mother made a lasting impression on me when she told me that stealing is wrong. The thing libertarians recognize is that stealing cannot be made right just because the government is doing it.
Will you complete the job of uploading social services costs to the Province? Why or why not? No When my job is completed, social services shall be completely *off* loaded. Government should not be in the social services business at all.

Canada, I have been told forever, is a very compassionate society. If this is true then Canadians need not employ the violence of the state to manifest it's compassion. A free people will put their own money where their mouths are without the need for an armed, bloated and politically manipulated middle man which, in the end, shows far more compassion for itself and it's employees than it does for those it presumes to help. (How do you like our "one size fits all" education monopoly?)
Hamilton has a lot of available office space in the downtown. Will you move any departments to Hamilton to boost the local economy and save on rent costs? Why or why not? No If I were ever in a position to be making policy decisions I would be shutting down government departments en masse, not shuffling them around.
Do you support completing the Mid-Peninsula Highway? Why or why not? No As stated above, I do not think the government should be involved in the transportation business. Therefore I do not support the building of any more roads or highways, anywhere by government.

As a compromise measure however, I would be favourable to a complete democratization of the issue. In other words, if some voters want the highway then they should also be willing to pay for it. Those who do not want it should not be forced to.

I would therefore support mailing a survey to every Ontario taxpayer asking them whether they support the highway or not. Then I would develop two separate Ontario tax forms to be included with the annual T1 forms.

Those who support the highway would receive tax form "A" and pay a proportionately higher provincial tax rate than those who do not.

It would, I believe, give us all a kinder, gentler democracy instead of the version where 51% of the voters can legally bludgeon the other, unwilling, 49% into conformity.

The same technique could, of course, be widened to include all kinds of other politically contentious and divisive issues... like.... government funded abortions, religious vs. secular schools, firing tax funded missiles into places like Libya for humanitarian reasons and funding the CBC.
The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area has some of the worst traffic congestion in North America. What, if anything, will you do to alleviate the gridlock? Yes Well, finally an easy question.

The idea that government should have a near total monopoly on roads (and transportation in general) is one that is rarely questioned. Yet, what it really asks is.... should we continue to place our hopes and trust in the system of road socialism? ... with it's excessive costs, it's interminable delays, its idiotic stream of regulations, prohibitions and fines... and it's decrepit product?

As regards the decrepit nature of it's product... imagine if you went to patronize an evil private company, like Wal-Mart and it were run like a government road. First of all there would be the bumps and potholes.

Then you would find that you could not enter through the front door... it would be "under construction" .... for months at a time.... over and over again.

So you would have to detour and go through the back door or something whereupon you would be imediately be greeted by a person wearing a uniform... who demands to see your papers to determine whether you have the "right," to shop there. If you complain the person in uniform will notify you that, "Shopping at Gov. Inc. Wal-Mart stores is not a right... it's a privilege." (Hmmm... didn't it kinda work that way in the old Soviet Union, where only party members were allowed to shop at certain stores?)

And then the shopping aisles will be highly regulated. If you turn down the wrong aisle (one way) ... or spend too much time at one shelf (no stopping) ... or fail to peruse the condom selection (to fight overpopulation) ... you will be fined.

If you go to the music department and choose CD's by foreign artists you will be advised that, in order to complete your purchase, you must purchase a certain percentage of music by Canadian artists, even if you can't stand their product.... (for example, I hate RUSH.)

And finally, there would be the horrific death toll. How many people die on government monopoly roads every year? Is the government ever sued?
Hamilton has a large number of contaminated brownfield properties that present a risk for investors. What, if anything, will you do to make it easier to remediate brownfields? No Nothing.

Investors, as I see it, take risks. It is the nature of their business.

The question, in essence, is.... would I socialize the risks in order to privatize the profits? (As we have recently seen in a plethora of banker bailouts, etc.)

No. Emphatically, no.
Do you believe municipalities should have more powers to generate revenue? If so, what would you propose? If not, why not? No In other words, do I think that governments should have MORE POWER to force innocent people to pay for its massive incompetence?

I would propose that people keep their own money and spend it upon things that are more compatible with their own priorities.

Call it respecting the dignity of those who do the work and earn the money.
Do you support term limits for municipal politicians? Why or why not? Yes Well, I am going to get a little personal here. You see, I drive a cab in the City of Hamilton. As such, my fortunes are determined by the decisions made by municipal politicians because they regulate the local taxi business.

Their regulations to date have resulted in the average taxi driver in Hamilton earning significantly less than the minimum wage.... about $40 or $50 dollars per day.... if that.

I would therefore support pegging a politician's salary to that of the average taxi driver.

Trust me. In such a scenario... the terms for municipal politicians would be highly self-limiting.