“Brimelow ended his book with a set of six prophetic observations…”


[Excerpt from

Rescuing Canada`s Right
: A Blueprint for A
Conservative Revolution
, by Tasha Kheiriddin and
Adam Daifallah]

While countries such as the United
States and Britain debated the merits of lower taxes and
limited government, Canada debated whether it should
stay together at all. Our intellectual and political
culture has been stunted by the harsh reality of
fighting separatism. Instead of a dialogue of ideas, we
have a dialogue of fear, and it is conservative movement
that has paid the greatest price in this regard.

One person who realized this early
on was Stephen Harper, who, according to his biographer
William Johnson, was tremendously influenced by Peter
Brimelow`s 1986 bestselling book

The Patriot Game
. Brimelow`s tome
discussed several of the themes mentioned in this book,
including the disproportionate amount of power wielded
by

Central Canada`s liberal elite,
which he called the


“New Class.”

His analysis was years ahead of its time.

Brimelow ended his book with a set
of six prophetic observations. Among them: He foresaw
the rise of a “right-wing, fourth party in the west.”
(Reform was founded a year later.) He said, “Brian
Mulroney will almost certainly fail to create a Tory
electoral coalition”
and that “new

splinter parties will emerge
.”
(Reform, the Bloc
Quebecois.) He said “a sectional party, probably from
Quebec but possibly from the West, could hold the
balance of power in the House and demand radical
reform.”
(The Bloc formed the Official Opposition in
1993; the Reform Party in 1997.)

But it is Brimelow`s examination of
Quebec`s dominance in federal politics that is most
trenchant. Brimelow observed that Canada was only “a
Geographical expression”
and that

Quebec
was “emerging as a

genuine nation-state
.”
He observed that the
Liberal Party had successfully convinced English Canada
that whatever needed to be done to placate Quebec and
keep Confederation intact should be done. As long as
this attitude dominated, Brimelow said, conservative
politics would not be able to succeed in Canada.

Twenty years after that book`s
publication, Brimelow now only casually follows

Canadian politics
from

his perch in the U.S.
In an interview, he said
little has changed since The Patriot Game was
written.

“What I
called in 1986 the Canadian Question has iterated itself
in the last two decades but it remains unanswered:
Canada is not a nation, but two (if not more) nations
within a single state,”
Brimelow told us. “No
purely ideological politics can succeed until the issues
of national identity are resolved. Specifically, while
Quebec is at the centre of every major government
decision, and `national unity` is considered the
touchstone of all public policy, the natural
conservative tendencies of the Anglophone majority will
continue to be frustrated. For the Canadian Right, the
road to power lies not through Quebec, but around it.”

From a purely practical
perspective, it`s tough to argue with this point. It
would be much easier for conservatives if Quebec were
not part of the equation. But you don`t give up on a
country just because of one party`s electoral
difficulties. For conservatives, accepting Brimelow`s
suggestion would mean choosing the Frum-Koch-Weissberger
“door number two” and closing the book on Quebec,
which as we discussed earlier in the chapter, would not
wash in the rest of Canada.