Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Pro-Family Politics and Fringe Parties in Canada

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Pro-Family Politics and Fringe Parties in Canada

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Chris Mackenzie, Pro-Family Politics and Fringe Parties in Canada (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005), 292 pp. Cloth. $85. 0-7748-1096-3. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 0-7748-1097-1.

This is a study of the development of a political grouping in British Columbia that is concerned with the protection of 'traditional family values'. It covers the emergence of the Family Coalition Party of British Columbia in 1991, following the resounding electoral defeat of the Social Credit Party, the mobilisation of its supporters as a social movement and the subsequent merger of the group with four other conservative parties to form the Unity Party of British Columbia. The author has three main objectives: to record the history of the Family Coalition Party, to analyse its ideological background and to consider how the group can be analysed with reference to the literature on social movements and political parties. Interview data, incorporating qualitative and quantitative material, observations and analysis of political materials produced by the party, are used to support the account of the origins and development of the group. The fieldwork was undertaken between 1996 and 2004.

Chris Mackenzie positions the Family Coalition Party within the context of pro-family and pro-life movements, describing them as 'conservative resurgence movements that are attempting to resist social change while simultaneously promoting social change by working towards the re-establishment of lost but previously dominant and popular cultural beliefs' (p. …

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