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By Janet Ajzenstat, Michael Sean Smith

Ajzenstat and Smith problem the belief of Canada as a rustic whose liberal individualism, in contrast to that of the USA, is redeemed by means of a convention of presidency intervention in financial and social lifestyles: the so-called "tory touch." This ground-breaking booklet starts off with the now vintage article within which the crimson tory view used to be formulated. It then provides a brand new and illuminating photograph of Canadian political existence, within which liberal individualism confronts no longer toryism however the participatory culture of civic republicanism. within the ultimate part the 2 editors, one a liberal, the opposite a civic republican, debate the the most important questions dominating Canadian politics today-including Quebec's look for recognition-from the viewpoint in their shared figuring out of Canada's founding.

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The very suggestion that such affinities might exist between Republicans and Socialists in the United States is ludicrous enough to make some kind of a point. Red toryism is, of course, one of the results of the relation between toryism and socialism, which has already been elucidated. The tory and socialist minds have some crucial assumptions, orientations, and values in common, so that from certain angles they may appear not as enemies, but as two different expressions of the same basic ideological outlook.

Citizenship, moreover, had a moral as well as material aspect, for if at any time those who should be devoting themselves to citizenship were led, for whatever reason, to place their personal private interests before public virtue, then according to the strict canons of civic humanism the political community would be threatened by corruption. Corruption was an active, destructive force that, if not checked, would erode the moral commitment of citizens to participate. The result would surely be a degeneration into despotic rule and the loss of political liberty.

Hartz, Liberal Tradition 271. 28. , Liberal Tradition 267. 29. , Liberal Tradition 267. 30. J. W. Pickersgill, The Liberal Party (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1962) 68. 43 31. Pickersgill, Party 26-27. 32. J. W. Pickersgill, The Mackenzie King Record (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1960) 10. 33. The Globe and Mail 29 September 1943. 34. Pickersgill, Record 571. 35. National Liberal Federation, The Liberal Party 53. 36. ReaW 601. 37. M. J. Coldwell, personal interview, 28 March 1962. 38.

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