The Blueprint: Conservative Parties and their Impact on Canadian Politics

Edited by J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt

© 2017

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.

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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 Blueprint: Conservative Parties and their Impact on Canadian Politics

Edited by J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt

© 2017

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Highly recommended.’


    G.A. McBeath
    Choice Magazine vol 55:05:2018

    "Many books on the Harper years have the taint of polemic and hysteria. Not this one. I highly recommend it."


    Thomas M.J. Bateman
    The Canadian Historical Review Vol 99:2: June 2018

    "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
  • Author Information

    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.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1
    Introduction
    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

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