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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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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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on November 7, 2005
I read this book as the polling numbers of the Conservative Party of Canada passed the Liberal Party of Canada and it appears than a CPC minority government is a possibility within months. Does that mean that Canada's Right is saved? Ms. Kheriddin and Mr. Daifallah lay out the case that such a result would do little to change the long-term prospects of small-c conservatives in Canada. In their view the way to save Canada's Right is for conservatives to actually be conservatives - through building a right-wing infrastructure and clearly articulating a conservative ideology.
The book is split into three parts, The Past, The Plan and The Policies. The Past outlines the mixed (being generous) results of conservatism in Canada - from Sir John A. MacDonald to the wasted years of the Reform/Alliance/Progressive Conservative split of the '90s. The Plan provides evidence of the daunting work ahead for conservatives if they want a Conservative party to display conservative values. By showing the groundwork that has been laid out in the United States and Britain the authors provide a roadmap for Canadian conservatives.
This is presented as a daunting challenge. Canadian conservatives have decades of work to do to catch up, including the formation and funding of new think tanks, promoting conservatism in Quebec and gaining strength in traditional left-wing areas such as the media, the legal profession and within the immigrant community.
Where the book really shines is in the third section, The Policies. The real value put forward by the authors is introducing the positive vision of "Opportunity Conservatism". Instead of forcing standards down to provide an equality of results they present a vision of providing all Canadians with an equality of opportunities. In many respects this is a reintroduction of a Reagan or Thatcher revolution that never fully occurred in Canada. It combines free-market activism to solve problems in health care, the environment and poverty and bringing common sense policies to federalism, foreign policy and the family. It is not by accident that former Ontario Premier Mike Harris and former Reform Leader Preston Manning provide back cover reviews of the book.
A standout chapter in this section is on "greening the Conservative movement" and I will quote from it.
"Opportunity Conservative environmental policies are based on the tenets of free-market environmentalism. Free market environmentalists believe that non-governmental tools such as user fees, incentives, private property and markets will alleviate environmental problems more effectively than centralized, state-directed tools, such as subsidies, bureaucracy and regulation." (pg. 233)
...The Conservative Party and groups like the ones mentioned above must aim to debunk the myth that economic growth, free markets and conservatism are incompatible with protecting the environment. The two go hand and hand. The image projected by the left is that conservatives all shill for big business and that they want to clear-cut forests, melt the polar ice caps and kill off endangered animals. The truth is exactly the opposite. (pg. 237)
There are plenty of good ideas contained in this book for a one-time read or to use as a future reference and I definitely recommend it.
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on November 3, 2005
Published the same week as the Gomery Report, the timeliness of this title couldn't be better. Setting the timing aside, this is a stellar and refreshing read filled with bold ideas and a clear plan of action that Canadian conservatives must implement to gain power. The thrust of the book centres around the notion of building a nation-wide conservative infrastructure to counterbalance the prevalent leftist ideology propagated through media, academia, law and the Canadian culture in general. Instead of aimlessly hoping for better election results, the authors spell out how Canadians can actually be sold on small-c conservative ideas, something that quite frankly the Conservative Party is not capable of doing at all.
This is a must read for any right-of-centre reader in Canada, or for that matter anyone concerned about actually having an accountable government at 24 Sussex Drive. The foreword by Mark Steyn is worth the price of admission alone, and if you care about the future of this country you will be enlightened by what Kheiriddin & Daifallah have to say.
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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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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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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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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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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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