Neoconservatism in Canada:
The Calgary School

During the mid 90s a new 'intellectual' infrastructure took shape on the Canadian right, echoing neoconservative 'principles' (see Tutorials/Ideology) and 'think tanks' that had paved the way for Reagan’s 1980 ascension to the White House.

In Canada, Civitas consisted of a group of conservative 'thinkers' spawned by the 1996 Winds of Change Conference held in Calgary.

Based on the US model, similar 'think tanks' have been established and maintained in Canada.
Their specious pronouncements are accepted almost de facto as policy options by the Liberal and Conservative Parties.

This video examines and evaluates (i) the actual results of the agreement, as recorded by the Canadian Government itself; and by Statistics Canada; and (ii) the actual text of significant parts of the agreement.


How successfull- equitable and fair- is neoconservatism in practice? Let us look at what the Conservative Party of Canada has called the 'Crown Jewel' of their achievements: the Free Trade Agreements.

The promotional "spin" in favour of FTA and NAFTA during the 80s and 90s was, and remains, an unqualified success.

Many Canadians believe that Canada has benefitted immensely from these agreements.

To this day, any voice raising questions concerning their veracity is ignored or dismissed outright by the media.

In fact, very few Canadians have actually read these agreements!