Libertarianism is based on individual responsibility and property rights. Each person has the inalienable right to life and their legitimately owned possessions and to use their body and other possessions as they choose while not violating that same right that everyone else has. In exercising these rights, a person takes responsibility for what they do, is accountable for what they do, and takes the consequences for what they do. In accordance with this principle of liberty, a person has the right to defend their property (their person and other possessions) from assault, vandalism, theft, or any other aggression.

Property Rights
Property right means that the legitimate owner can do whatever he chooses with his property as long as it does not damage the property of anyone else. Or to turn it around, no one can legitimately interfere with the property of anyone else, and this includes the government.

Government and Property Rights
Governments routinely violate property rights by taxation, expropriation, and regulation of private property. The Canadian constitution does not acknowledge property rights such that any use of property is subject to government approval. Property rights are not recognised in Canada and consequently, we do not have liberty in Canada. What we have in Canada is whatever freedom our governments allow us to have, and whatever restrictions on liberty that our governments choose to legislate.

Property Rights in Canada
To the extent that Canadian governments allow freedom, there is prosperity. To the extent that our governments interfere with property, there is waste, inefficiency, and hardship for many citizens. The objective of the libertarian movement is to restore the recognition of property rights and the liberty of our citizens to pursue happiness and prosperity according to their initiative.

The Proper Role of Government
The only possible legitimate role of government is to protect the property rights of its citizens including their person. For example, laws that prohibit assault, vandalism, and theft would be legitimate and should have provisions for restitution to the victims. It may not be unreasonable to have a law enforcement system in place to protect property rights.

The Improper Role of Government
There are three major ways that government violates property rights to the detriment of its citizens. This happens with money, taxation, and regulation.