Sandra Filosof-Schipper faces tremendous odds as a candidate in the Vancouver-Quilchena by-election on April 30.
The deputy leader of the Libertarian Party of British Columbia is running in one of the strongholds of the Liberal Party of British Columbia.
In this exercise, BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon is expected to take the seat.
As for the BC NDP, Premier John Horgan’s ruling party introduced Jeanette Ashe, an educator and also wife of Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart.
Filosof-Schipper lives in Point Grey, a neighborhood adjacent to Vancouver-Quilchena.
For work, the mother of three runs a family business that distributes industrial products. And for fun, she indulges in martial arts and scuba diving.
In the last 2020 provincial election, Filosof-Schipper ran unsuccessfully for the BC Libertarian Party in Vancouver-Fairview.
“I don’t intend to be a professional politician for life,” Filosof-Schipper told the Straight in a telephone interview.
“I no longer have a sense of obligation,” she continued.
This obligation is to carry the message of personal freedom, which is the foundation of libertarianism.
“Freedom is the most important thing, and I like to tell people about it, and Canadians expect freedom,” Filosof-Schipper said.
“A lot of Canadians take this for granted and it is disappearing,” she added.
Filosof-Schipper also said his party is “firmly rooted in the principles of voluntary economic transactions and civil liberties.”
Filosof-Schipper believes that everyone is by nature a libertarian at heart.
“Every election is a learning experience and an opportunity to talk about libertarian principles, which most people embrace, but have no name for,” she noted.
“If we don’t win,” she said, “but we get people to demand more libertarian policies from the winning party, then I consider that a win.”
Filosof-Schipper said when she spoke to constituents in Vancouver-Quilchena, many of them talked about high taxes.
Without them realizing it, she declared that the issue of excessive taxation is a key issue among libertarians.
One of their main goals is to limit the size and power of government, while ensuring the efficient delivery of public services.
To illustrate the case of health care costs in British Columbia, Filosof-Schipper said: “Compared to Germany, they spend 11 times less on administrative costs, and yet they have three times as many doctors per capita and two times the number of nurses per capita and twice the amount of diagnostic equipment.
As for voluntary transactions, Filosof-Schipper said, “You have something you want to sell. I want to buy it. We come to a price. That’s it.”
When it comes to self, she said, “I want to dominate my body. This COVID has really made it clear that we don’t have that right.
Filosof-Schipper was referring to mandatory vaccination policies imposed by federal and provincial governments in Canada in response to the pandemic.
Online, Filosof-Schipper has a past video relating that she is dealing with COVID-19 even though she is fully vaccinated.
In the video, the deputy leader of the BC Libertarian Party asked at the time why governments continued to push for vaccinations when those doses proved ineffective in preventing infections.
As Filosof-Schipper said on camera, “question everything.”