Debating Conservativism at the Manning conference

Video: In search of conservatism

From the 2014 archives: John Geddes on the CPC’s weekend of discontent


When right-wingers gathered in Ottawa for the annual Manning Networking Conference, the family reunion of sorts was tinged with underlying anxiety about the state of the Conservatism. In a story coming to the site this weekend, Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes contemplates how it all plays with the threat of Justin Trudeau, unwelcome polling results and the collision of conservative policy and Conservative politics.

In this audio slide show he talks about the issues at play:


Video: In search of conservatism

  1. John Stuart Mill – I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it.

    • You realize that conservatism in the 19th century meant something completely different than what it means today right? Friedrich Hayek’s “The Constitution of Liberty” included a chapter entitled “Why I am Not a Conservative” yet it heavily influenced Thatcherism‚ a conservative ideology.

      Conservatives today are closer to 19th century liberals than they are to 19th century Tories so the use of this quote is tired‚ pointless and hints at a lack of understanding of history on your part.