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Pro-Family Politics and Fringe Parties in Canada

Pro-Family Politics and Fringe Parties in Canada explores the organizational and ideological nature of political parties that are initially formed to do the work of social movements. Specifically, it examines the development of the Family Coalition Party of British Columbia (FCP) from its origins as a group of alienated Social Credit Party members to its rebirth as the Unity Party of British Columbia, and through its struggles as a marginal political entity along the way.

While addressing the FCP's relationship to the larger North American pro-family movement, Chris MacKenzie also deftly demonstrates how the party can be seen as organizationally congruent with its ideological antithesis, the Green Party. Basing his findings on seven years of field research, he identifies the obstacles that political parties involved in social movement work must overcome in order for them to achieve their goals. He concludes that, despite their invaluablecontribution to democracy, such party / movements have limited political institutionalization. Consequently, their only realistic goal may be to merge their ideals with those of another, larger political body.

This book makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the genesis, development, and impact of political party / movements in Canada. Moreover, it provides useful insight into the dynamics and issues that make up the current pro-family movements in Canada and the United States.

292 pages

Table of Contents




1  The Family Coalition Party of British Columbia: A Party of Last Resort

2  The Pro-Family Movement: Conservative Roots, New Right Economics, and Religious Ideals

3  The Burden of Form: The Family Coalition Party as a Movement

4  The Function of Form: Family Coalition as a Political Party

5  The Tensions of Form: Family Coalition as a Party/Movement


Appendix: Note on Methodology




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