Trying to define conservatism

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Editor: I am always amazed by the efforts and techniques some left-wing ideologues use in an attempt to define conservatism. I should think it might be more beneficial for their cause if they devoted brain cells to defining communism, socialism and liberalism. It would keep them busy and out of mischief.

Conservatives in this country often look to the history of political development in Britain as a guide in their discussions and debates.

Modern conservatism is rooted in the great works of Edmund Burke: “take from the past that which was good and apply it to the future.” Churchill in 1940 echoing Disraeli, said: “the Tory Party is the strength of the country; few things need to be changed quickly and drastically; what conservatism, as envisaged by Disraeli, stood for was the gradual increase of amenities for an even larger number of people, who should enjoy the benefits previously reserved for a very few.” 

Left-wing operatives fall into the rut of pretending in their own minds they are champions of social change. The evidence of course is they don’t have a monopoly on reform. They are, after the fact, followers, not leaders.

Conservative Prime Ministers, Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Robert Borden, R.B. Bennett and John G. Diefenbaker brought significant changes from how we govern ourselves to establishing military security, establishing an independent foreign policy, enfranchisement for women, pensions, an unemployment program, the CBC, northern development, Bank of Canada, bill of rights, free trade, the Hall Royal Commission on Healthcare, the seaway and the railways.

These and many other initiatives have helped build the country we call Canada.

Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama fail to understand Canada’s resolve to formulate an independent foreign policy, a policy that is best for all Canadians, not an entitled few. Conservative Prime Minister Harper is the author of that policy.

Garth E. Staples,




Organizations: Tory Party, CBC, Bank of Canada Hall Royal Commission on Healthcare

Geographic location: Britain, Canada, Charlottetown

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