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The 31st Annual Convention of the Alberta Social Credit Women’s Auxiliaries (SCWA) was held at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton, Northern Alberta, Canada, on December 3, 1968. Those present first recited the “Creed” of the SCWA. Auxiliary members stated that they were “determined to stand shoulder to shoulder with our government in this great fight for financial freedom.”[1] SCWA President…

Suddenly There! Thirty Years of Killing Time Around Southern Alberta, 1985-2018. Barry Cooper and Ted Morton. Second Edition. Self-Published.
 
Plato, in his own voice, describes the genesis of political order:
"For I saw it was impossible to do anything without friends and loyal followers; and to find such men ready to hand would be a piece of sheer good luck, once our…

At the Centre of Government: The Prime Minister and the Limits of Political Power. Ian Brodie. Montréal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018.
 
Having lived both vita contemplativa (as a tenured professor of Political Science) and vita activa (as Chief of Staff for Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper), Ian Brodie is well positioned to comment on whether academic characterizations truly capture political…
David Edward Tabachnick,‎ Leah Bradshaw

Citizenship and Multiculturalism in Western Liberal Democracies. David Edward Tabachnick and Leah Bradshaw, eds.,  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
 
Multiculturalism is among the ambivalences of our time. The word refers to the fact of ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity in political communities. In this sense, it is a sociological category. What types of diversity are embraced in this factual account is…

Education supplies all other industries, including those concerned with the government and the defense of the country. If the educational industry falters it necessarily follows the whole structure of the nation is threatened.
- Hilda Neatby, So Little for the Mind: An Indictment of Canadian Education. Toronto: Clarke Irwin & Company, 1953
 
By the time So Little For the Mind: An Indictment…

Liberal Education, Civic Education, and the Canadian Regime: Past Principles and Present Challenges. David W. Livingstone, ed.. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
 
Every few years a slew of books appear decrying the demise of liberal education in the United States. The latest bunch includes Fareed Zakaria's In Defense of a Liberal Education, Michael S. Roth's Beyond the University: Why…

When one looks at the history of higher education in Canada and the United States it is striking to note that at one time every university regarded liberal education as its central purpose.[1] Moreover, that purpose was connected to, though not entirely limited to, citizenship broadly conceived. At the time of Canada’s founding, Thomas D’Arcy McGee argued that education is…

Ted Morton and Rainer Knopff’s  2000 Charter Revolution and the Court Party[1] was an academic blockbuster when it was published and stands today as one of the signal contributions to the debate about the institutional and cultural consequences of the Charter and the larger trajectory of Canadian constitutionalism. The book is written in an argumentative and at times playful style,…

Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy. Thomas Heilke and John von Heyking, eds. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013.
 
Thomas Heilke’s and John von Heyking’s edited volume, Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy, is a festschrift to Barry Cooper, a political scientist at the University of Calgary. The themes of hunting and weaving are ones illuminated in Cooper’s…

The North American High Tory Tradition. Ron Dart. New York: American Anglican Press, 2016.
 
In his 1965 book, Lament for a Nation, political philosopher described the disappearance of Canada as a sovereign nation-state and went so far as to declare “the impossibility of Canada” in the modern age. Indeed, his use of the word “lament” provides conclusive evidence that for him…