Religious Roots of Alberta’s Populist Conservatism
Posted on October 31, 2012 by Christopher Thrall
Augustana alumnus Clark Banack (’01) presents a Ronning Centre Lecture on the roots of Alberta’s conservativism and its religious connotations.
This talk explores the nature of conservatism in Alberta in relation to the British-based “tory” conservatism that played such an important role in the ideological development of much of the rest of English Canada.
Focusing on the political thought of key Alberta political figures such as William Aberhart, Ernest Manning and Preston Manning, the paper suggests that the radical populist streak within Alberta conservatism, which has consistently stressed the capacity of the common individual and the need to ensure his or her freedom from the oppressive nature of certain established authorities, is largely rooted in a particular religious interpretation.
Clark Banack, originally from the Camrose area, currently teaches in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto. He completed his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Religion and Political Thought in Alberta,” at the University of British Columbia in April 2012.
Thursday, November 1
2-004 Roger Epp Conference Room
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