Libertarian icon Ron Paul warns against big government

Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during a rally in Tampa, Florida August 26, 2012.

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OTTAWA - Republican primary presidential candidate Ron Paul delivered 4,000 babies when he was a doctor and he delivered again Friday by bringing his populist message of less government and more individual liberty north.

The maverick former U.S. congressman, Texan and libertarian stopped by Ottawa to share his beliefs at a gathering of conservative-minded thinkers at the Manning Networking Conference hosted by Preston Manning.

Liberals and New Democrats bemoaned his appearance while Conservatives jammed the hall to hear Paul debunk the left for embracing a nanny or social-welfare states through taxes and spending.

"The left, the far left will say that debt doesn't matter. When you get into a problem what you want to do is just spend more money," Paul said.

Much of his address was plucked from the anti-war, anti-establishment script he used last year when he sought his third nod to lead the Republican Party.

Some of the loudest applause came when he called for a "revolution" and for people to use the Internet to unite behind a global movement to restrict the influence of governments.

He chided governments for the state of their economies and restricting freedoms and said it was only a matter of time before the debt bubble facing many nations burst, creating the next generation of economic thinking and change.

"I talk a lot about a revolution and I believe in it and I think it is coming. I do not believe in violence. I'm a non-violent person, but ideas are powerful. And they're much more powerful than armies."

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