The Blueprint: Conservative Parties and their Impact on Canadian Politics

The Blueprint: Conservative Parties and their Impact on Canadian Politics

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Edited by J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
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384 Pages
ISBN 9781487521684
Published Aug 2017
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In this collection, J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt bring together a group of up-and coming-political scientists as well as senior scholars to explore the recent history of the Conservative Party of Canada, covering the pre-merger period (1993–2003) and both the minority and majority governments under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The contributors provide nuanced accounts about the experience of conservatives in Canada which reflect the contemporary evolution of Canadian politics in both policy and practice. They challenge the assumption that Harper’s government was built upon traditional "toryism" and reveal the extent to which the agenda of the CPC was shaped by its roots to the Reform and Canadian Alliance Parties. Organized thematically, the volume delves into such topics as interest advocacy, ethno-cultural minorities, gender, the media, foreign policy, and more. The Blueprint showcases the renewed vigour in political studies in Canada while revealing the contradictory story of the modern Conservative Party.

J.P. Lewis is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick.

Joanna Everitt is a professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick.

Chapter 1
J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt

Chapter 2
Ideology, Strategy, and Organization in the Conservative Party of Canada
James Farney and Royce Koop

Chapter 3
The Conservative Turn Among the Canadian Electorate
Eric Bélanger and Laura Stephenson

Chapter 4
Private over public: A conservative approach to interest advocacy
Nicole Goodman

Chapter 5
Political Players or Partisan Pawns? Immigrants, Minorities and Conservatives in Canada
Erin Tolley

Chapter 6
Equality of Opportunity but not Result: Women and Federal Conservatives in Canada
Melanee Thomas

Chapter 7
With or Without You: Quebec, the Conservative Movement, and the Pursuit of Majority Government
Kate Puddister and James Kelly

Chapter 8
Protecting Private Property Regimes and ‘Canadian’ Territory: Conservative Approaches to Understanding and Reconciling Indigenous Claims to Land and Governance
Michael McCrossan

Chapter 9
The message despite the media? Conservative parties’ relationship with the press
Andrea Lawlor

Chapter 10
Conservative with the Constitution? Moderation, Strategy, and Institutional Distrust
Emmett Macfarlane

Chapter 11
More Than a Terrain of Struggle: Parliament as Ideological Instrument and Objective Under Conservatism
Jonathan Malloy

Chapter 12
A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing: The Stephen Harper Ministry
J.P. Lewis

Chapter 13
Federal Feet and Provincial Pools: The Conservatives and Federalism in Canada
Anna Esselment

Chapter 14
Stephen Harper and the Radicalization of Canadian Foreign Policy
Shaun Narine

Chapter 15
Conclusion: A Moderate Turn to the Right With At Least One Enduring Consequence
Peter Russell

"The Blueprint is comprehensive and fills an important void. It is a careful and reflective assessment of Harper’s legacy as prime minister that avoids portraying him either as a master political manipulator or as the author of a sinister plot to destroy Canada. It sets itself out as a more balanced and sober account, and it succeeds."

Harold Jansen, Department of Political Science, University of Lethbridge

"The Blueprint represents a substantial contribution to research on the Conservative Party."

Nelson Wiseman, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto