Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Conservative Resources in Canada

The revival of conservative thought in the United that began after World War II and continues to this day has spawned thousands of think tanks, lobby groups and political action committees. An excellent guide to the history of the movement is George H. Nash The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America (30th anniversary ed., 2008) and his newer work Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism (ISI Books, 2009).

Unfortunately, I am not aware of any comparable study of Canadian conservatism in the 20th century. If anyone know of one, please leave a comment in the comment section.

Of course, the book that became foundational to the conservative intellectual revival in the US was Russell Kirks's classic, The Conservative Mind from Burke to Eliot (Regnary, 1953, rev. ed. 1985). A good site for finding the best in conservative books is the ISI website, which you can access here.

In Canada, the conservative movement is smaller and poorer, but there are still quite a number of organizations attempting to promote respect for human life, the family as the bedrock of society, traditional marriage as the proper context for human sexuality, fiscal responsibility, limited government and free enterprise.

One such organization is the Institute of Canadian Values and on its website there is the most exhaustive list I know of conservative organizations. You can view it here.

You can find links here to the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Campaign Life Coalition, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Canada, the Fraser Institute and many others.

You will also find a handy link to bills before the Canadian Parliament, as well as links to the Provincial and Territorial legislatures.

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