Are Canada and Canadians more conservative?

The Prime Minister says his thinking has evolved. So be it. It has evolved in a liberal direction with an old-fashioned Tory touch.

A liberal direction with an old-fashioned Tory touch: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured at Rideau Hall. Conservatism has an embedded place in Canada’s political culture, but the neo-conservatism that conservatives preached in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has stalled. Perhaps it was a passing phenomenon. The out-of-date Tory conservatism that Harper now invokes with his embrace of monarchical symbols is distant from any neo-conservative philosophy. Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

By Nelson Wiseman

PUBLISHED : Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 8:37 PM

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