This volume, written with Paul Thomas and Gerald Sabin, takes a close look at how much influence faith continues to have in federal, provincial, and territorial politics. Case studies from across the country draw on historical material and contemporary accounts, alongside interviews with close observers and data on public attitudes, to explore three important axes of religiously-based contention – between Protestants and Catholics, moral conservatives and reformers, and more recently, defenders and opponents of publicly recognizing minority religious practices. Although the extent of partisan engagement with each of these sources of conflict has varied across time and region, we show that religion still matters in shaping political oppositions.
Part 1: Federal Politics
Part 2: Persistent Denominationalism in Provincial Politics
Part 3: Religious Conservatism and the Partisan Right
Part 4: Canada’s Most Distinctive Regions
Conclusion: Canadian Diversity in Comparative Context