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Pierre Trudeau Donating Member (206 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-29-06 11:51 AM
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4. I see what you mean

It is a bit inexact on my part. We should all get into the habit of specifically distinguishing which brand of conservative we're speaking of at the time.

One point I would make, though, is that it probably IS an over-simplification to categorize the entirety of the CPC as exclusively neoconservative. Granted, its Reform Party base comes straight from the neocon HQ at the U of Calgary PoliSci department and the redneck socons of Alberta, but the merger and expansion of the party has inevitably added a quotient of other voices as well. Somehow I doubt that many of those new Quebec MPs would be singing from the same hymnal as Myron Thompson. There was also a significant Red Tory presence in the federal election (Hugh Segal among others), and the likes of Jim Prentice cannot be accurately described as neocon. Perhaps they are a minority, but these factors need to be taken into account by us rather than dismissing the CPC as some monolithic neocon structure.

It could be useful, for instance, in subtly driving wedges between different factions within the Conservative Party, no? :D

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