Canada's Emergent Libertarian Movement

How free market ideas went from marginal to mainstream in our neighbor to the north


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"For a couple of years now, Canada has had a freer economy than the United States."

That's Martin Masse, one of the leading figures in the Canadian libertarian movement. Back in the late 90s, when libertarianism was a thoroughly marginal ideology in the country, Masse started Le Quebecois Libre, an online gathering place for allies to the cause.

Things have since changed. Free market ideas now inform Canadian public policy to a degree that's probably surprising to the average American. Reason TV recently sat down with Masse to find out about this transformation and the problems with Canada's centralized health care system.

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Run time: 6 minutes.

Interview by Todd Krainin. Camera by Jim Epstein. Edited by Rob Montz