“Third parties” in Canada – updated to 2022 (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks mainly at the Reform Party of Canada

“Third parties” are an endlessly fascinating topic of study for political theorists. The notion of “third party” arises in polities characterized by “first-past-the-post” voting systems, where there are usually only two major parties. Polities characterized by proportional representation (PR) voting systems, tend to have a multiplicity of parties. Particular popular attention – although scant electoral support — is given to “third parties” in the U.S. – where the “two-party” system is so strongly entrenched. Since the 1850s, with the rise of the Republican Party, there […]

Wegierski: New directions for conservative ideas in Canada

There are so many different societies on the planet today. The possibilities of traditionalism or conservatism vary greatly across all of them. Having lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for nearly his entire life, the author of this article is intimately familiar with Canadian history, politics, and culture, and can offer what he thinks is maximally possible for conservatism, in the Canadian context today. One should begin with an examination of the reasons for the Conservative failure in the Canadian federal election of September 20, 2021, […]

Wegierski: George Grant’s Children: Lament for Canadian Lives

Thoughtful conservatives in Canada face a dilemma. Already in 1965, in his famous book, Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism, Canadian traditionalist philosopher George Parkin Grant had pointed to the “impossibility of conservatism” in Canada. His writings have proved increasingly prophetic. Nevertheless, there are some thoughtful conservatives left in Canada, who could be called “George Grant’s children.” Their lives in Canada have been difficult – certainly at the psychological level – as they have been profoundly alienated from virtually every aspect of […]

Wegierski: In search of true federalism in Canada — Old Canada, New Canada, and “Canada Three”

July 1 is Canada Day (originally called Dominion Day), the date of the founding of the current Canadian State in 1867. The celebration of Canada Day has been particularly fraught this year, after the discovery of 215 unmarked graves of children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, and 751 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. The worst possible interpretations have been made of these discoveries, and of the whole former Indian Residential School system. On June […]