Conservatism in Canada
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Authors James Farney and David Rayside

Conservatism in Canada

This book is a collection of original essays by many of the most respected experts in the field, who explore the ideological character of contemporary Canadian conservatism, its support in the electorate, its impact on public policies, and its articulation in both federal and provincial party politics. I have co-authored a substantial introduction and conclusion laying out the evolution of varied, sometimes inconsistent, and occasionally distinctive ways that the term is applied in this country. I have also authored a chapter on provincial politics in Ontario, challenging the prevailing view that religion has become an inconsequential factor other than in the persistence of age-old denominational voting patterns.


  • 1. Introduction: The Meanings of Conservatism.
    James Farney and David Rayside

Part One: Philosophical, Attitudinal, and Religious Foundations

  • 2. The Structure and Dynamics of Public Opinion.
    Christopher Cochrane
  • 3. Canadian Populism in the Era of the United Right.
    James Farney
  • 4. The Triumph of Neoliberalism within Partisan Conservatism in Canada.
    Steve Patten

Part Two: The Conservative Party of Canada

  • 5. Something Blue: The Harper Conservatives as Garrison Party.
    Tom Flanagan
  • 6. Immigration, Citizenship, and Canada’s New Conservative Party.
    Inder Marwah, Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos, and Stephen White
  • 7. Fiscal Frugality and Party Politics.
    John Frendreis and Raymond Tatalovich
  • 8. A Conservative Foreign Policy? Canada and Australia Compared.
    Alan Bloomfield and Kim Richard Nossal
  • 9. Women, Feminism, and the Harper Conservatives.
    Karen Bird and Andrea Rowe
  • 10. The Relationship between the Conservative Party of Canada and Evangelicals and Social Conservatives.
    Jonathan Malloy

Part Three: Provincial Conservatism

  • 11. Provincial Conservatism.
    Nelson Wiseman
  • 12. American Protestantism and the Roots of “Populist Conservatism” in Alberta.
    Clark Banack
  • 13. Albertans’ Conservative Beliefs.
    David K. Stewart and Anthony M. Sayers
  • 14. Moral Conservatism and Ontario Party Politics.
    David Rayside
  • 15. The Blue Electorate in Quebec and Support for the ADQ and the CPC.
    Andrea Lawlor and Éric Bélanger
  • 16. Epitaph for a Conservative Insurgency in Quebec: The Rise and Fall — and Rise and Fall — of the Action démocratique du Québec, 1994–2008.
    A. Brian Tanguay
  • 17. Conclusion: The Distinctive Evolution of Canadian Conservatism.
    David Rayside and James Farney