The Right Balance

Senator Hugh Segal talks about the roots of conservatism in Canada with Allan Gregg.

I actually just finished his latest book about Canada’s conservative tradition the other day. It’s a fairly drab read and somewhat relentlessly partisan, but nonetheless does a creditable job of documenting the historical factors that differentiate Canadian conservatives from their counterparts in the United States, whom Segal characterizes as Darwinian, government-loathing, free-market zealots.

It would perhaps be instructive for many of our so-called “Conservatives” to learn about the tory mindset that values community, one that couples individual rights with responsibilities and views society as an inclusive, organic entity in which people have duties toward one another, including the less fortunate – values that are notably absent amongst the barking jackals of the right wing.



Filed under Canadian Politics, Conservatism

6 responses to “The Right Balance

  1. Paul Raposo

    All the real Conservatives died after the 1992 election. Real, honest-to-God fiscal conservatives no longer exist anywhere in the world. They’ve been replaced by free market carpet baggers, and social conservatives, who want the government back in everyone’s bedrooms.

  2. I actually just finished his latest book about Canada’s conservative tradition the other day…

    You better have shoplifted that turgid tome; Segal neither needs nor deserves a dime from the public more than he already gets forked into his dough-choked gullet for exhaling methane in the Senate.

    Have you read Segal’s No Surrender, from ’98? Where he argues passionately that Progressive Conservatives have a sacred duty to keep alive the Tory vision and resist the temptation to fold like a cheap suit before precisely the Harperoid Darwinism and Canada-loathing he now pursues in the Upper Chamber as a “Conservative” senator? The word “hack” lacked a stable definition until Segal came bawling and hungry out of his mother’s womb.

    Why is Segal wasting our time on a relatively serious (and publicly funded) show like Gregg’s? Isn’t there a mass-market Canadian equivalent of the Gong Show for clowns like him? Is he too “elitist” and polysyllabic for SunTV?

  3. Hugh’s intentions are good, but he sold-out to the barking jackals during the Unite the Right years.

  4. SF, weren’t we promised a new blogging team effort with an acquaintance from Macleans?

  5. SF: I borrowed it from the library. I’d have felt terribly ripped off had I actually purchased the book. As I said, for a work of popular history, it’s a pretty dry read. There’s very little in it that connects the reader to the various figures he writes about or inspires much interest in the subject matter at hand (contrary to the delirious introduction from Pamela Wallin).

    I haven’t read any of his previous books, just known of him through his commentary on the TV/radio political yak-shows mostly.

  6. Shiner:

    Forgive me for sounding like a politician, but was that a promise or an aspirational target on my part? 😉

    But, yes, I know I’ve been slacking, and I do intend to do something about that. Thanks for the prod.

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