In The North American High Tory Tradition, Professor Ron Dart presents a largely forgotten tradition from Canadian history. He argues it offers everybody in North America a political philosophy worth rediscovering.
Since 1990, Ron Dart has taught in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia. In the 1980s, he was on staff with Amnesty International.
Dart distinguishes the Canadian Tory tradition from both the conservatism and the liberalism dominant in America. By explaining how Canadian history once showed us there is a third option, Dart’s hope is Canada will rediscover the High Tory tradition, even if America continues on its downward political spiral.
He wants Canada to stop being influenced by U.S. politics into thinking the only choice modern voters can have is a binary one. Renewal in politics will come only if we can conceive of a politics with aspirations higher than what is usually presented to us in the voting booth.