Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Robert Stanfield's Canada: Perspectives of the Best Prime Minister We Never Had

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Robert Stanfield's Canada: Perspectives of the Best Prime Minister We Never Had

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Richard Clippingdale, Robert Stanfield's Canada: Perspectives of the Best Prime Minister We Never Had (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008), 136pp. Cased. $39.95. ISBN 978-1-5533-9218-7.

Clippingdale's volume on Stanfield is neither a biography nor a history, but an examination of the political thoughts of the former premier of Nova Scotia. Stanfield served as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada at the end of the Pearson years, and through the Trudeau years until he was replaced by Joe Clark. The author, a former senior policy advisor to former prime minister Joe Clark as well as having held other academic and civil service appointments, is well placed to offer this exploration.

It is difficult to establish what a man who never attained the position of prime minister would have done had he been in power. Yet Clippingdale's exhaustive research shows that for Stanfield's entire life in politics he articulated a consistent consensus-oriented approach to conservatism influenced by classic toryism and opposed to US-style liberal republicanism. …

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