US Right – Links
Harper Conservatives are well networked with American right-wing activist, research, and communications organizations.
Conservative Party Links to Right Wing American Groups
Over 20 members of Parliament for the Conservative Party of Canada, including leader Stephen Harper, Vic Toews, Stockwell Day and Garry Breitkreuz, have links to organizations established under the umbrella of the Council for National Policy (CNP), an American group that the New York Times calls a “club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country,” and which Rolling Stone reports has “funnelled billions of dollars to right-wing Christian activists.” Links to the Council for National Policy may be either direct or through its subsidiary organizations such as Focus on the Family, the Promise Keepers, Concerned Women for America, the Christian Coalition of America, the Leadership Institute and the National Rifle Association. The Council, which brings together the most powerful activists and donors to the socially conservative right-wing in the United States, has been able to spread its anti-choice, anti-same sex marriage, pro-gun, anti-environment message through its surrogates, who have either made overt forays into Canadian politics or cultivated ties with the Conservative Party of Canada, providing it with financial, strategic and rhetorical support.
Stephen Harper addressed CNP members in 1997 at its meeting in Montreal, where the group reportedly conceived of the Republican effort to impeach President Clinton. Addressing the elite group is no small feat, given that guests may only attend meetings with the unanimous consent of the Executive Committee. Since Mr. Harper’s address, links between Conservative Party members and groups sponsored by the CNP like Focus on the Family, the Christian Coalition of America and the National Rifle Association have grown. In turn, these groups have taken an increasingly forthright role in influencing Canadian politics through radio broadcasts, Canadian affiliates, and training for grassroots advocacy efforts in support of Conservative Party candidates. This should perhaps come as no surprise given that the Vancouver Sun estimates that “roughly half the current 98 members” of the Conservative caucus “are religious social conservatives,” which is “well over double the national average.” It suggests, however, that powerful forces may be affecting the distribution of political power in this country about which Canadians may not be aware. There is considerable documented evidence of links among the CNP, its associated organizations, and various Conservative Party Caucus members.
Related individuals, organizations and significant events Over 20 Conservative Party MPs, including leader Stephen Harper, Vic Toews, Stockwell Day and Garry Breitkreuz, have links to organizations established under the umbrella of the Council for National Policy (CNP), an American group that the New York Times calls a “club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country”.
Links and sources David Kirkpatrick, Club of the Most Powerful Gathers in Strictest Privacy, New York Times, August 28, 2004, p 10 Robert Dreyfuss, Reverend Doomsday, Rolling Stone, January 28, 2004 Canada Votes: Text of Harper’s Council for National Policy speech, CNEWS¸ December 14, 2005 Peter O’Neil, Social conservatives find a political home in the Tory party, Edmonton Journal, August 2005 Marci MacDonald, The Man Behind Stephen Harper, The Walrus Magazine, October 2004
Posted: May 11, 2007
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US Right – Links