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Chapter 1: The Meanings of Conservative
by James Farney (University of Regina, Political Science) and David Rayside (Political Science and associate of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto)

Philosophical, Attitudinal, and Religious Foundations

Chapter 2: The Structure and Dynamics of Public Opinion
by Chris Cochrane (University of Toronto, Political Science)

Chapter 3: Canadian Populism in the Era of the United Right
by James Farney (University of Regina, Political Science)

Chapter 4: The Triumph of Neo-Liberalism Within Partisan Conservatism in Canada
by Steve Patten (University of Alberta, Political Science)

The Conservative Party of Canada
Chapter 5: Something Blue: The Harper Conservatives as Garrison Party
by Tom Flanagan (University of Calgary, Political Science)

Chapter 6: Immigration, Citizenship, and Canada’s New Conservative Party
by Inder Marwah (Acadia University, Department of Politics), Phil Triadafilopoulos (University of Toronto Scarborough, Political Science), and Steven White (Concordia University, Political Science)

Chapter 7: Fiscal Frugality and Party Politics
by John Frendreis  (Loyola University, Political Science) and Raymond Tatalovich (Loyola University, Political Science)

Chapter 8: A Conservative Foreign Policy? Canada and Australia Compared
by Alan Bloomfield (Queen’s University, Political Science) and Kim Nossal (Queen’s University, Political Science)

Chapter 9: Women, Feminism, and the Harper Conservatives
by Karen Bird (McMaster University, Political Science) and Andrea Rowe (McMaster University, Political Science)

Chapter 10: The Relationship Between the Conservative Party of Canada and Evangelicals and Social Conservatives
by Jonathan Malloy (Carleton University, Political Science)

Provincial Conservatism

Chapter 11: Provincial Conservatism
by Nelson Wiseman (University of Toronto, Political Science)

Chapter 12: American Protestantism and the Roots of ‘Populist Conservatism in Alberta
by Clark Banack (York University, Political Science)

Chapter 13: Albertans’ Conservative Beliefs
by David Stewart (University of Calgary, Political Science) and Anthony Sayers (University of Calgary, Political Science)

Chapter 14: Moral Conservatism and Ontario Party Politics
by David Rayside (Political Science and associate of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto)

Chapter 15: The Blue Electorate in Quebec and Support for the ADQ and the CPC
by Andrea Lawlor (McGill University, Political Science) and Éric Bélanger (McGill University, Political Science)

Chapter 16: Epitaph for a Conservative Insurgency in Quebec: The Rise and Fall — and Rise and Fall — of the Action démocratique du Québec, 1994-2008
by Brian Tanguay (Wilfrid Laurier University, Political Science)


Chapter 17: The Distinctive Evolution of Canadian Conservatism
by David Rayside (Political Science and associate of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto) and James Farney (University of Regina, Political Science)

Selected Bibliography



With the electoral success of the Harper Conservatives federally and of a number of conservative parties provincially, the topic of Canadian conservatism is more important to our understanding of Canadian party politics than ever before. This timely volume presents the first comprehensive examination of Canadian conservatism in a generation – a period during which its nature has changed substantially.

Conservatism in Canada explores the ideological character of contemporary Canadian conservatism, its support in the electorate, its impact on public policies such as immigration and foreign policy, and its articulation at both federal and provincial levels. The essays include comparisons with other countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, as well as specific examinations of conservatism in Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec.

Featuring contributions by both established and new scholars in the fields of political science and public policy, this volume makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the changing nature of Canadian conservatism and its broader implications for the future of this country.


‘This collection serves as an important purpose of showing just how wide and varied Canadian conservatism actually is…This book’s innovative mix of voices and outlooks should be read by anyone interested in understanding more about the distinctive aspects of Conservatism, conservatism and the pivotal developments that have occurred within Canada’s Right. ’

- Michael Taube