May 16th, 2017

How to engage civil society and activate grassroots movements for consumer choice

Ottawa, Canada
May 16th, 2017



The Consumer Choice Center (CCC) is a global initiative that aims to empower consumers across the globe. Consumer choice is pivotal for economic freedom and lifestyle decision. Regulators on local, national, and supranational levels keep regulating more and more areas of consumers’ lives. This leads to less consumer choice and higher costs for consumers.
Whether protectionism in the airline industry prevents more efficient airlines to sell cheaper tickets to passengers, excessive taxation of consumption serves as letter of indulgence, or branding bans destroy the brand value of companies: Consumers don’t benefit but suffer from such regulation.
In some cases paternalistic regulations cause even harm. Examples can be seen in more driving under influence cases in cities after banning ride-sharing services such as Uber or smokers being unable to switch to less harmful ways of consuming nicotine such as vaporizers. Branding bans lead to a higher accidental consumption of counterfeited products that can be of lethal consequence for the consumer.
 The CCC empowers consumers to raise their voice in media, the Internet, and on the streets, facilitating activism towards more freedom of choice in the marketplace. Learning from the successes of its parent organization, Students For Liberty, the CCC will elevate the struggle for consumer freedom to the next level.
Join us at our Canadian launch event on May 16 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Date, Time and Venue

Date: May 16th
Time: Starts at 5:00pm and ends at 6:30pm
Venue: ALT Hotel Ottawa

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Interactive elements of the event

– Mini corner store with plain packaged chips and sodas
– Best memes/graphics printed on plastic posters/signs (exhibition of absurd regulations)

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Fred Roeder

TOPIC: The Mission of the CCC

Fred Roeder
Managing Director at CCC
David Clement

TOPIC: Fighting for Consumer Choice in Canada, A large scale Lifestyle Freedom Campaign

David Clement
North American Affairs Manager at CCC
Guy Bentley

TOPIC: Government Paternalism in the Anglo-sphere

Guy Bentley
Consumer Freedom Research Associate at the Reason Foundation
Maxime Bernier, MP

TOPIC: His vision for Canada

Maxime Bernier, MP
Member of Parliament


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