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on April 26, 2015
Interesting but it is now a dated book. The Conservative party has achieved most of the goals set out in the book.
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on May 6, 2014
i was very pleased with the book and review the contents, this is an interesting study from a view of point.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2008
This book is very sensible and offers very good advice. I like this book because it offers solutions to the problems that Canada's right has been facing, and it accentuates the good and positive things that will happen if certain changes are made more than it does the bad and negative things that will happen if those changes are not made. I really like books that offer solutions to problems, offer better alternatives to the status quo, and tell you about how much better things will be if certain changes are made more than how bad they will be if certain changes are not made.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2006
If the Conservative Party were to adopt the basic policies advocated by this book I would at least consider voting for them. As it is, I am voting Green in the January 2006 election. The so-cons (Social Conservatives) are far too powerful within the Canadian conservative movement for me to do anything but work energetically to oppose them. There is also a snide tone to the movement and the book (perhaps inspired by Ms. Amiel and her discredited partner Mr. Black – a man who never saw an entitlement that he did not think he was entitled to) that undermines its arguments.
This book should be widely read in Canada. The criticism that there is little original here is valid but also irrelevant. The book sets out a strategy of building an intellectual and activist infrastructure for the conservative cause, a strategy that the Green party will also need to adopt. It gives a clear view of what Preston Manning is trying to achieve with his Manning Center for Building Democracy, and underscores how limited a view of democracy this is. And it proposes some very sensible policies that should be widely discussed in Canada.
Kheiriddin and Daifallah disavow the most poisonous of the so-cons policies and instead propose an Opportunity Conservatism that would minimize the role of the state and empower people and organizations to strengthen families (and they have an inclusive notion of family that most progressive people will support), to find market drive solutions to healthcare and environmental issues (the market must be part of the solution), and they even have some credible ideas about Federalism. I cannot do justice to all of their policies here, so read the book and join the discussion in the blogosphere.
The book, unfortunately, does not address the international rule of law and the role that they see for international institutions. It does not deal with the fair trade vs. free trade debate. And it has little to say about cultural diversity. These are important issues, and ones on which the Conservative party platform is either silent or deeply misguided. If one goes to the website of the Western Standard, a publication of which the author’s seem to approve, one sees an editorial position based on arrogance and entitlement, and one full of deluded support for the US right. There are also many hints throughout the book that suggesting that Kheiriddin and Daifallah share these views. For example, they make every effort to insult and belittle Louise Arbour, a great Canadian who has done more good for the world then all of the people in the Canadian right combined.
To get more insight into the US right, a movement that Kheiriddin and Daifallah believe Canada should mimic in many ways, I suggest Micklethwaite and Woodridge The Right Nation. For insight into issues of international law I suggest Gwynne Dwyer’s Future Tense and Philippe Sands Lawless World. And if you are going to read this book be sure to read Naomi Klein and John Ralston Saul as well.
The key lenses with which to view Canada’s future are Sustainability, Productivity and Dviersity. Healthcare, education, environment policy and international commitments should all be evaluate through all three of these perspectives. Kheiriddin and Daifallah propose some credible policies on important issues and their positions deserve serious discussion. Given the strength of the so-cons in the conservative movement, the toadying to American interests, the lack of respect for international law (the conservatives seem to have a very selective understanding of law and order), well, I will stay with the Greens for now, but let’s hope that we can have a real dialogue.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2005
The real value of "Rescuing Canada's Right" is its discussion on ways to create a market for conservative ideas in Canada.
Daifallah and Kheiriddin dispel the notion that the crux of success for Canadian conservatives is simply more charismatic leadership or more effective electoral tactics. Rather, the book provides a road map for shifting the goalposts of the political debate, such that genuinely conservative policies become a legitimate part of the national political landscape.
I recommend the book to anyone who wants to read a bold, yet thoughtful analysis of the issues facing conservatives in Canada.
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6 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2005
This book was really quite bad and had no new ideas. Among the interesting highlights are that the left has had some influence in the culture of Canada so that we now no longer call homeless people bums or that many think they have "rights" (healthcare, etc.) and that this idea is extending to other domains (the authors do not specify but perhaps the right to food and a well paying job and horrible things like that).
While true that the left has had some influence on Canadian culture I find it amusing that these apostles of the right seem to acknowledge that they are in the camp that wants to "say it like it is" and call homeless people bums and make sure that people have few rights. Not new but interesting to hear the right back up what the left generally says about it (that it is uncaring and has a real dislike for the more unfortunate members of our society). Even if you are right wing there MUST be better books out there.....at least flip through it first before purchasing...unless you find ann coulter and bill o'reilly intellectually stimulating otherwise just keep reading Machievelli and Ayn Rand, at least they have better prose.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2005
Simply said, Rescuing Canada's Right: Blueprint for A Conservative Revolution is a must read for every Canadian conservative across the nation. The book articulates an intelligent and well-constructed outline for creating a strong and vibrant insurrection of conservative ideas.
The authors of the book argue that conservatives must remove their myopic lenses and think long-term. Unlike the United States, Canada lacks a strong conservative institutional infrastructure to supply the conservative movement with much-needed intellectual ammunition.
Conservatives must understand that the road to 24 Sussex is no easy feat for any political party, particularly their own. They must respond with their pockets books, not just to the party's treasury, but to organizations like the Fraser Institute that will spread the same ideas and principles the party articulates but via different avenues.
Once again, this book is a must read for everyone across our nation who identifies with the conservative movement. If the ideas expressed in this book are followed through with dedication and perseverance, conservatism will no longer be an ideology damned to the wilderness of Canadian political thought, but driven into centre-stage.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2005
Finally, two young courageous conservative thinkers suggest real change if conservatives want to survive and thrive in Canada. A great, thoughtful read. Daifallah and Kheiriddin have huge futures ahead of them. Highly recommended.
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5 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2005
This book does not provide much insight to the current problems facing the conservative party, and it does not provide any ideas on how to win an election other than what we already know. Becoming more like the Republican party is not going to work for the conservative party.
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5 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2005
This book is about LIBERTARIANISM, not CONSERVATISM. It is misleading because the title suggests it provides a blueprint for the "right" in Canada to win when, in reality, it just advocates in favour of libertarian principles such as lower taxation and less "statism". Nothing in here is new. Advocating for more government money to be spent by "think-tanks" rather than by elected officials isn't new either. Don't waste your money. This book doesn't deliver what it claims to.
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