David — April 25, 2011
Great Canadian Libertarians: Part 1 in a series raising awareness of libertarians in Canada. To kick off this series I profile Martin Masse, a Quebec based libertarian and publisher.
Martin Masse is the founder and publisher of the Quebec based publication Le Québécois Libre which has become the leading libertarian voice in the French speaking world. Le Québécois Libre has been published since 1998 and although its initial focus and readership was on libertarian issues as they relate to Quebec its geographic sphere of influence has since grown to include all of North America and Europe.
Mr. Masse recently served as political advisor to the former Canadian Industry Minister Maxime Bernier from 2006-2007. Mr. Bernier may be the only politician vocally in favor of giving Canada’s money supply a sound basis. Martin now works as an independent public policy consultant.
I can remember coming across Mr. Masse’s site for the first time in the early 2000’s. I was linked to it by LewRockwell.com. I was so proud to see that a Canadian was running an online libertarian publication. Mr. Masse is one of the inspirations for the Libertarian Book Club blog.
Over the course of Martin’s career he has published some excellent articles. Below are a few of my favorites:
- The Socialist Winds from the South
Canada is often considered socialist in comparison to the US. In this article Martin correctly points out that many of our socialist policies were actually tried in the US first and came here later.
- North America’s First Experience with Paper Money: Card Money in New France
Martin outlines North America’s first run in with paper money.
- Let the Recession Run its Course
Mr. Masse argues in favor of letting the 2001 recession run its course.
Martin has done an outstanding job in the service of liberty. Thank you for all your hard work Mr. Masse.
Disclaimer: The articles and opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Libertarian Book Club.