The Right Balance: Canada's Conservative Tradition by Hugh Segal

The Right Balance: Canada's Conservative Tradition

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Hardcover | January 31, 2011

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A provocative case for the special balance and uniquely Canadian nature of the Conservative imperative throughout our history.

In a manner that reflects his long-time academic and practitioner's association with conservative politics and ideas in Canada, Hugh Segal traces the deep historical roots of Canadian conservatism and the themes that unite its pre- and post-confederation reality with today's challenges and issues. The Right Balance connects the historical roots and exclusive intellectual principles of Canadian conservatism to the fundamental idea of Canada with a new and insightful perspective.

Provocative and timely, this book puts the present Stephen Harper-led Conservative Party of Canada into a dynamic historical context and gives readers fresh insights into how Canadian conservatism is different and why, providing depth and texture to today's headlines. The Right Balance will appeal to both adults and students who are interested in the economics, ideas and DNA of our present political debates.

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Senator Hugh Segal has written several books on the Canadian Conservative Party's politics and ideas, including the national bestseller No Surrender. As a senior aide and constitutional advisor to a Prime Minister and two Ontario Premiers; head of a major Canadian think tank; professor and senior fellow at Queen's School of Policy Stud...
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Title:The Right Balance: Canada's Conservative TraditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:January 31, 2011Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553655494

ISBN - 13:9781553655497

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"The Right Balance is downright peppy.""CBC.ca""The new book by Hugh Segal, Conservative senator and longtime party operative, is among the most engaging of the books attempting to situate and explicate Canadian conservatism that have been published since Stephen Harper's ascension to the prime minister's office. While it is by no means a page-turner, The Right Balance is downright peppy compared to many of its predecessors...Segal...issues a carefully calibrated plea to the Conservative Party leadership to remember its roots, and maybe even restore them.""Quill & Quire""Segal sets out less to define an ideology than to link up Tory history, always contrasted against Liberalism…On his own party and its deep roots, Segal offers a warm and timely family history.""Maclean's""What Segal's legacy may be, like William F. Buckley's...is the legitimation and popularization of a political party which has, more than once, threatened to fall into the abyss.""Winnipeg Free Press""Segal insists The Right Balance isn’t an ideological exercise pitting right against left…[he] describes Conservative party history as a long-running dialectic between competing interests.""Toronto Star""The Right Balance…provides a historical look at the development of Canadian conservatism under party leaders dating back to pre-Confederation years.""National Post“Hugh Segal is one of the great shining lights of Canada, a man unafraid to find the right balance politically, socially, morally—even whimsically. This is a wonderful screed from a fine mind, a mind honed on both principles and the art of the possible.”John Fraser, journalist, author and Master of Massey College, UofT“Senator Segal offers thoughtful recollections of conservative values in Canadian politics over the past three centuries. He shows with intelligence that there is more than meets the eye to conservatism.”The Honourable Pierre-Marc Johnson, former Premier of Quebec“Canadian conservative roots are unique—finally, a great book that explains why and how.”The Honourable William G. Davis, former Premier of Ontario